A Great Sketch Results in a Great Painting How to use the Grid Method to Achieve Accurate Shape and Perspective in Art Failure to achieve accurate shape and perspective in a finished work of art is why many of us give-up and declare ourselves "non-artists." There's nothing worse for a student's artistic selfconfidence than having a painting of a horse turn-out looking more like a dog. Yet there is a simple method of ensuring that the finished work will have proper shape and perspective. Artists dating back to the ancient Egyptians knew of a technique to break down a...
A lovable Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier is the subject of
this project, which features advanced drawing techniques
for accurately rendering both long and short fur, realistic
“puppy dog” eyes, and a shiny textured nose.
A complex grid helps you to sketch accurate proportions.
The shading focuses on rendering the forms of the fur and
individual features, as defined by a dominant light source.
This project explores the process of drawing a caricature from
a photo, by utilizing a complex grid. The average drawing time
on this type of project generally runs between 20 to 40 hours.
To give you an idea of the time I spent on each aspect, I
included a brief drawing journal.
This lesson is divided into the following six sections:
SKETCHING WITH HELP FROM A GRID: You lightly sketch the outline of the subject
by utilizing a complex grid to establish the placements of various components....
You add shading in layers by working from light to dark, while rendering a highly detailed
human eye with a combination of three graduated shading techniques - hatching, crosshatching,
Eyes are the most expressive facial feature. The shapes and sizes of people’s eyes can help
identify their gender, age, and cultural origin. In a portrait, the eyes alone can often identify who
the person is. The eye in this project belongs to a beautiful young lady named Melissa, who is the
daughter of my friend Crystal Basta....
In this project, you draw a lovable Dalmatian with
realistic eyes and a shiny textured nose, with
emphasis on the forms of her fur and individual
features, as defined by a dominant light source.
Curriculum is designed to enhance skills with: drawing a detailed outline within a complex grid;
identifying accurate proportions; planning shading strategies; rendering the forms of a dog’s
cranial and facial anatomy; and shading graduated values with crosshatching and hatching