|Painting by Tom Croft|
Again this past week I pondered 'how can I get my artwork up to the next level?' My philosophy for beginning artists is...
1. draw an apple
2. you may think the apple looks terrible
In other words don't give up, practice, practice, practice, try, try again (sometimes there's nothing more charming than a 'terrible' drawing). As you can see from the photo above, many artists have at one time or another used a grid in order to produce an accurate drawing.
Hey kids! Because of modern technology you can of course buy a canvas (or paper) with the grid lines already on it (I would like to try one soon). You can also upload a grid to your tablet. Below is just one of the grid programs for placing a grid over your reference photo that I saw online.
You may or you may not like gridding. For me, simple compositions are super fun! For complex compositions I think it takes practice and may at times seem like a lot of work (at least for this gal). If you are a patient person you may see it much like working a puzzle. Some artists paint the grid marks and leave some of the markings as an abstract part of the painting.
|I used a different grid for this one|