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on: June 21, 2015, 03:16:39 PM
Absolute novice here. I can't draw a stick figure. However, the  drawings I see are inspirational and  I would like to give drawing a try. My pencils should be delevered this week.

Reading through the forum I read about using templates. I performed a search but there is no detail on how to transfere one drawing on a piece of paper, the template, onto another piece of paper. Do you just load up the back of the paper with graphite, lay it on your drawing paper graphite side down, then trace the template, hoping to leave a trace of graphite on the drawing paper?

Thanks in advance,



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Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 05:00:28 PM
Yup... That is all there is to it for the painting lessons. Eventually you can learn to use a grid or some other complex  :painting: transfer method.
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Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 08:51:15 PM
To save graphite I usually only apply it to the basic outline, then trace over it. Works like a charm.  O0   


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Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015, 12:28:35 AM
I am now in the midst of watching Nolan demonstrating the process in one of his videos-drawing the spoon!

Thanks for the replies.
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Reply #4 on: June 22, 2015, 03:05:07 AM
I don't know what lesson you are watching, but this is well explained in the introduction lesson called 'Let's Draw'.  Techniques for copying, transferring, re-scaling, etc.



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Reply #5 on: June 28, 2015, 01:32:59 PM
Barry, I would suggest going back on Nolan's drawing lessons for you will learn a ton of things which will stand you in good stead for the rest of your drawing career.   Patricia   
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Reply #6 on: July 13, 2015, 11:45:11 PM
Just an update. Nolan mentioned lightbox, and I immediately started to use the window. I tape the template to the back of the drawing paper and hold the sheets on the window.  Of course this means i can only transfer during the day, trace in the vertical position, but save in time and graphite.

Looking back I think this thread may have been my first, or close to the first post. It seems so long ago and yet it is less than a month! I've learned so much in such a short amount of time.
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Reply #7 on: July 15, 2015, 02:27:04 AM
For night time work, try tracing paper.  :)

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