As I searched my stock photo sources for new inspiration, I noticed that I am gravitating towards another category of images in additiion to landscapes and seascapes. The wonderful photographers who contribute their work to sites such as Pixabay and Morgue File hail from around the globe. Those of us who paint but lack the means to travel to these faraway places benefit from their generosity and talent. I have found so many photos of the most beautiful villages in France, Italy, Germany, and more.
I've been hesitant to use the village photos, as they are a great challenge to draw. I decided to jump into the deep end. I employ the grid technique with my drawings to be sure I achieve correct placement and proportions. Using my computer, I display the photo reference I'm working from and place grid lines over it. I draw grid lines onto my surface, in this case, Ampersand Pastelbord. This gives me an accurate guide to placing elements of the drawing correctly. If you would like to use this technique, you will be in good company. It has been the favored technique of many of the world's finest artists, including Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Durer. Vincent Van Gogh used a "perspective tool" that he made himself to aid in his drawing. It operates by much the same idea.
I completed this drawing last night. If you look closely, you can see the grid lines.
This morning, I worked the underpainting.
While I was waiting for the turpentine to dry, I began another drawing.
I took a photo of my screen so you could see the grid over the photograph. I use Photoshop for this, but there is a free program available for using the grid method. It is called PhotoFiltre and you can download it here.
This is the second completed drawing.
You can find more information on the grid method, the artists who used it, and how to use PhotoFiltre at the blog, Thinking About Art. My thanks goes out to Jean Vincent, the author of this very informative blog.
I hope this post will encourage you to tackle those challenging drawings. Have a great day!
Until next time,