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liz

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on: March 13, 2014, 06:01:28 PM
 



I think I forgot to write a post for this drawing aid.  I have real difficulty tracing over a picture even with tracing paper and thought to try a sheet of clear transparency.  It works like a DREAM COME TRUE!  I can get a good outline of anything I want to draw, even placing it over the computer screen and copying a picture.  So happens our printer ran out of toner, that's why I did that.


Use a dry erase fine point pen and tissue or q tip for your drawing.  You can use the one sheet over and over and/or use 2 or more sheets for the different details you need for the drawing.  Next, you place your paper over the plastic outline and trace it again; do the graphite on the backside, etc.  I transferred the drawing directly to my canvas.


Anyway, I figure for anything larger than 8 1/2 x 11 I can enlarge my photo and join clear sheet(s) together and that should do the trick.  You can get these transparencies by the sheet at any office supply store.  ~Liz
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Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 07:15:17 PM
Liz,

That's an fabulous idea!!! 

I use the clear sheets with dry-erase pens to try out different ideas that I might like to add to the painting, but this is great from the get-go.

Thanks for sharing.

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Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 10:40:43 PM
 :) O0


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Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 12:41:22 AM
Great idea  :idea: Liz,

I also use a half sheet of transparency instead of another sheet to cover part of my drawing to stop smudging when drawing with pencil.  It works great, I can clean it and I can see my whole picture rather than just the uncovered part you get with the white paper.
Aroha! Lisa :-)


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Reply #4 on: March 14, 2014, 02:28:48 AM
clever girl  O0  great idea liz my husband tells me that I am cheating if I trace and not draw freehand !!   \I tell him it is not cheating  >:(  some drawings are great to draw freehand if they are easy but more difficult ones you need to, this is a great idea thanks liz for the info  :yippee:
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Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 06:04:52 AM
my husband tells me that I am cheating if I trace and not draw freehand !!   \I tell him it is not cheating  >:(  some drawings are great to draw freehand if they are easy but more difficult ones you need to

There is a way to put a stop to the cheating comment..... I had a lady in my class last year who quite upset a few of the beginners with that comment. I traced out a somewhat complicated flower and asked her to complete the drawing. She took it with her....and never came back! She has joined our drawing/painting class this year.  :)
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Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 06:42:19 AM
val can i send my hubby over to you  :2funny:  he could do with learning a few lessons  :2funny:
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Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 07:11:53 AM
To me, the highest level of 'cheating' is the use of technology that can make a print look like an original piece of art that commands high prices.  Sometimes only an expert under close scrutiny can tell that someone paid for a 'fake' when he thought he was buying an original piece of art.  I know, most oil paintings in galleries today are copies. I hate that they cost so much, that's my gripe! But an artist friend told me that copies of old pieces of art do appreciate in value, like those of old masters and historical eras since their originals are no longer to be found.


Basically, both tracing or copying from a reference photo or even live model and still life are common practices by most artists, but the creativity I think is in the different results or individualiity expressed in artists' painting styles and interpretation of their subjects.  So I say tracing falls in the category of a tool in the same way someone uses a straight edge or small magnifying glass to see his reference photo better.


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Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014, 07:56:33 AM
Good idea, Lisa.

This forum is filled with great creative thinkers.

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Reply #9 on: March 14, 2014, 03:28:40 PM
I really like your idea, too, Lisa!  :)


I only started using the plastic sheet since drawing and painting Hoku.  But the next painting I may do of Malu is a park scene so there's a foreground and background to draw, too that can be superimposed upon each other to see how they would look in a composition. 


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Reply #10 on: March 14, 2014, 04:05:38 PM
val can i send my hubby over to you  :2funny:  he could do with learning a few lessons  :2funny:


    Me and my guys are ready!   :knuppel2:         :2funny:
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Reply #11 on: March 14, 2014, 04:07:24 PM
I really like the idea of using two transparencies overlayed to see how a compilation would look.  O0
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Reply #12 on: March 14, 2014, 05:42:53 PM
VAL, I would say to take my husband, too, except that recently he's come to realize how well off he is with me occupied with art.  What started  to get to him was when I asked if he would like some drawing paper to show me what HE could do.   ::)  Now he watches for discount coupons to buy me more art supplies!   ;D


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Reply #13 on: March 14, 2014, 07:32:15 PM
Bonus!!!  :2funny:
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Reply #14 on: March 15, 2014, 02:50:01 AM
My topper of 'cheating' to save toner in my printer:
I open a photo in my photo editing program, select: effects: select: find all lines.
When done, I erase the lines I don't need.

Did it with my red/yellow/white self portrait; works fine.

Gave such a print to a fellow painter who said I was cheating and asked her to show how she would finish it...
She couldn't.
It's not how you find the lines, it's how you fill them.


 

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