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We had planned to continue with last Monday’s lesson and use the fur painting exercise on an animal painting, but the weather was against us. It was so wet that it would have been hard to dry the acrylic paint enough to continue with the glazing method.

So a change of plan was necessary.

Just the other day a former student of mine had sent me a weblink to ‘Art Tutor’ where they showed the use the grid drawing with a new approach.

We had done some similar exercises before, like the upside down drawing of a horse and a sketch of Picasso, but this was different. Here the original drawing was cut up into 35 puzzle pieces and nobody knew what the drawing was about.

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The results were all very different in the execution but everyone could recognise the “Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer

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Everyone agreed that if I had asked them to draw the sketch of the ‘Girl’ just by looking at it, they all would have doubted their ability to do so. Now they all feel confident enough to tackle such a difficult subject.

Thank you ‘Art Tutor’


Thu, 2014-10-30 16:14 — PhilDavies

Anytime you want to draw something that requires accuracy (a portrait, a pet, a vehicle, a complex still life), you should consider using the grid method…

Even the best artists in the world will struggle to draw complex objects purely by eye, without any visual aid like construction lines.

In the video below Phil Davies goes over some tips for:

  • How many ‘boxes’ your grid should have
  • How to size your grid to fill your drawing paper as efficiently as possible
  • How to half the time it takes to draw grids (by not drawing one on your photograph)
  • How to erase gridlines from your drawing surface



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