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Alan Dixon

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on: April 14, 2012, 09:01:11 AM
the grindre did a great suggestion about putting a grid on your photo's.
The next problem is to get the same grid dimension on your canvas.
I tried just drawing it with a light stroke using a HB pencil and erasing the lines after drawing the object.
Unfortunately I found it almost impossible to completely erase the line. I have seen where Nolan suggested drawing the grid
and sketch on an overlay of paper and then using carbon paper to get the sketch transferred to the canvas. Problem is I didn't have any carbon paper (it is becoming difficult to find since computers have replaced typewriters)
Being impatient I came up with this method.
Instead of drawing the lines in the grid I simply put a tiny dot at each corner within the grid. I used a non-permanent fine point sharpie pen. After sketching in the scene I used a whetted piece of paper towel and dabbed the dots out. They came out rather easily and left no sign of their existence.
In most cases I had no problems overpainting the sketch lines but in some areas there was evidence of those lines. Now to solve that?
Suggestions appreciated
Alan


Maryna

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Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 09:21:55 AM
I  tile some paper together the same size as the canvas and then grid that. Say the picture I grid as 1cm, then I grid my paper 3cm per piece, depends on the size. Anyway after I draw out the picture on the paper, I scratch the back of the drawing with a watercolour pencil, like you see Dennis and Nolan do many times.
Then I stick the drawing, right side up - facing me on the canvas and then draw over the lines. This lines then transfer to the canvas. I use the same colour watercolour pencil as what the painting going to be more or less.
I don't draw with a hb pencil on the canvas, I like to see my lines clear and if I do that with a hb then the lines might become visable, but never had that problem with watercolour pencils.
hope this makes sense  ;)
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Gloria

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Reply #2 on: April 14, 2012, 01:19:12 PM
Alan, did you try your art store for carbon paper? That's where I got mine and I use it to do all my transfers. It has worked for me so far and it's so much faster. Mind you, I never tried to erase the lines after, it has never caused me problems.


Alan Dixon

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Reply #3 on: April 14, 2012, 03:00:41 PM
Maryna;
very interesting. Actually I had not even heard of watercolour pencils until today. I never opened the forums about watercolours because I was not interested in doing watercolours (not yet at least)
A assume you are saying that by smearing watercolour pencil on the back of your sketch, that it will act the same as carbon paper, except in colour. If so I will run out and get some watercolour pencils and give it a shot.
Thanks
Alan


Lillian

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Reply #4 on: April 14, 2012, 03:56:15 PM
That's an excellent plan Alan.   O0
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Maryna

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Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012, 12:53:54 AM
Yes Alan, not quite smear by almost shade over the back of the paper. Hold the paper against a window, the drawing side facing the window and the blank side facing you so you can see all the lines and the scratch, scribble, shade (not sure what you call it) all the lines and then transfer it to the canvas like I said before.
If you made a mistake, you can just use a wet cloth and remove the lines of the watercolour pencil from your canvas. works like a bomb
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Leana

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Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 01:56:50 AM
Hi Alan... I can ditto what Maryna suggested... it truly works like a dream...
Leana

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