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The Grid


Everyone is on the Grid today, meaning you can find almost anyone with the internet. Just google yourself and see what comes up. Back in the day when I was in school, the grid was normally associated with grid paper. Remember that stuff, the sheets of paper with a bunch of squares on it. Probably at one point you got bored and started to fill in the squares to see what kind of designs came out, even though it was used to graph formulas or maybe draw a quick floor plan to a small scale.

I was taught this grid technique from the Art Instruction school, and have loved it ever since the first time I used it. I have a sketch book almost wherever I go, so if I get bored or get an idea, I can get it on paper before I forget. Sometimes I get the sketch exactly the way I want it and just want to enlarge it on another piece of paper. To repeat the same drawing twice and have it look the same is very hard, add to it that it needs to be enlarged makes it more complicated. So the steps below help achieve this.

Materials needed:

* The drawing you want to enlarge
* piece of tracing paper (optional)
* ruler
* drawing tape
* media for final product
* pencils

So one of my current projects I am working on is pictures for a nursery rhyme book. I did this sketch of the cow jumping over the moon. I liked the placement of the cow with the moon and the proportion of the two together. I didn't think I could duplicate it for the final product.

Step 1
The first step is to take some tracing paper (or you can do it right on top of the sketch if you don't mind putting line work on your sketch) and create a grid. Make sure it is square and a size you can enlarge on another piece of paper. I recommend either 1/2” or 1” squares. I like to do my grid on tracing paper so I can use it for other drawings and not have create the grid every time. If you use the tracing paper method, make sure you tape it down on your drawing. You don't want it moving around later on in the next steps.

Step 2
Take the media you want to use for your final product or a piece of paper of a similar size and create another Grid that is double the size or however much you need to enlarge it by. I just needed to enlarge mine 1.5 times. So since my original grid was 1”, my grid on my paper needed to be 1.5”. If I needed to double the size I would have made it 2”. I know, artist do not do math. Go get a calculator. FYI, this also works if you want to make the sketch smaller. You just make the Grid on the paper you are drawing on smaller than the grid over your sketch. Do not worry, I am not going to do anymore math.

Step 3
This is like connecting the dots. Also, this will help you learn how to see negative space as well. Draw on your grid paper so that the lines you are drawing intersect at the same place visually like the grid on the sketch. Also, the lines within the squares make the same negative shape (notice the gray areas in the image below and compare them to the image above). Try not to look at the picture as a whole, but draw one square at a time.

Step 4

Continue step 3 until sketch is complete, now is the time to make any changes. I transferred my drawings onto another piece of paper using the method from last months tutorial ( Or you can erase all of your grid lines when your drawing is complete.

What does “Hey Diddle Diddle” mean anyways?

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