Elody
Drawing: Pencil Grid Drawing
23 STEPS
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Drawing Paper or Sketchbook
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Ruler
1 or more
Pencils
1
Eraser
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Drawing Paper or Sketchbook
1
Ruler
1 or more
Pencils
1
Eraser
1
Printed Reference Image
Reading your Ruler: the longest lines with the numbers are your inches.
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The next longest lines between the inch lines are the 1/2 inch lines.
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The slightly shorter lines in between the 1/2 inch lines are the lines marking the 1/4 inches.
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The tiny lines in between are the 1/8 and 1/16th inch lines. We can ignore them for now!
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When you go to start your grid, don’t just make your marks randomly or your lines will be crooked.
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Alight the “0” of your ruler carefully with the edge of your paper for both sets of marks.
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Once you have made your marks match on both sides, be sure to line up your ruler on both sides.
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After lining it up with both marks, hold the ruler firmly while you draw the line so it won’t slip!
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Now let’s get started! Use your ruler to make marks every 1 inch on both sides of your picture.
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Connect your marks with horizontal lines, carefully lining your ruler up with your marks.
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Now make one inch marks on top and bottom of image. Then connect those marks, completing your grid.
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Now make the grid on your drawing paper. Make it the same number of squares high and wide.
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Optional: you can label your vertical squares with numbers and your horizontal squares with letters.
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Do the same with your paper. This will help you keep track of which square is which when you draw.
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Now draw the basic outlines within each square on the corresponding square on your paper.
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As you draw each square, focus on getting the basic shapes in the right place. Don’t do shading yet.
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Keep going square by square to get all outlines. Use your eraser and move things if you find errors.
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Carefully erase the grid lines that are in the lighter areas (highlights) of your drawing.
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Looking at your reference image, shade in your general shadows and midtones. Don’t get into details.
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Now go into your shadows, adding detail and shading more carefully.
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Now add finer details. With a light touch, add delicate shading to any lighter areas that need it.
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If you like, use your eraser to bring out highlights and remove more of the grid.
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Finished! A sketch with correct proportions, thanks to our grid.
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