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on: February 18, 2012, 05:22:02 PM
This is what I do to prepare my drawing,but it seems it is always may change tomorrow .

1. I get a high resolution image....usually 2 copies.
2. Tape one of the images to a hard board..squared up.
3. Tape a sheet of tracing paper over image.
4. On tracing paper..use ruler, or t-square and draw box around head.
5. Take the measurements and make box on your paper.

From there it's just a matter of getting dimensions from the box to place features accurately...also helps get your angles right.
Works for me right now anyway, if you have a tip..I would be glad to hear it..I am here to learn.


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Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 08:57:53 PM
so why don't you just trace off the features while you are at it and transfer them to the paper?


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Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 04:54:57 PM
SW..This is what i arrived at while oil painting and it works for the pencil too. I print out a photo first (if it's going to be larger than what my printer prints, i just  chop it in half on photoshop, then tape the two photos together).
Then, I put it up against the window...use a dark pencil to fill in the important areas to be transfered (i usually end up covering about the whole thing because the more the better).   Then, I just tape it AROUND my sketch paper (so it won't tear it). I of course also, taped down the sketch paper, so nothing will slip or move).
Then, I just trace directly on the photograph where I want..outlines, important transitional areas (highlights, shadows) etc.  I used a sharp 2H pencil on it with moderate pressure and it produced very thin lines nicely. MODERATE...the photograph is on your copy type paper, so that point is going thru IT and then to the sketch paper (it's reducing that sharp point somewhat that way so it won't gouge the sketch paper). Can't really go too wrong doing it this way. The only thing I worry about is if I show someone my drawings, they might be impressed, but they don't know I "copied" the tracing first..they probably think I did it all freehand, which I could NEVER do!
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.