How to Use Grid Drawing Patterns
Using artist grid drawing patterns is a simple easy way to take artist baby steps on your own until your able to stand, walk and then run with art techniques you've developed and learned. To help you in using these drawing grid patterns I've explained some of the features associated with these free downloadable patterns on this page.
Drawing Grid Patterns are designed ready to use art tool that is made up of a grid system on a half inch square patten. These artist patterns can be transferred to about any surface you would like and can be enlarged or reduced to the desired size you would like for your artworks. What ever you have in mind be it a large wall for a design or a little clay flower pot or artist painting canvas. Have fun with them because when you do your in fact learning about how to draw.
One important note to keep in mind on the portrait style artist grid patterns is that there are thirteen horizontal squares and seventeen vertical squares. This makes up a total of two hundred and twenty one squares that may be utilized on any grid drawing pattern. Horizontal rows use numerical digits and the vertical columns use alphabetical characters in descending order. All artist grid drawing patterns that are downloaded from this site are designed to print on an eight and a half by eleven inch sheet of paper.
Transferring Your Grid Pattern Image
You can download a free blank grid pattern for practice or create your own by filling a drawing surface of your choosing with squares of uniform size. If your creating your own you'll need to think about the size or the ratio you want your drawn image to be. If you want to make your grid image larger you can increase the size of the grid pattern squares. Reverse things by decreasing the size of grid patterns squares and you can make the overall image smaller.
For painting on an artist canvas the best question to ask ourselves is what size canvas are we going to use or what size would we like the image to be in our composition? Let's say our canvas is eighteen inches high and ten inches wide and your grid image is seventeen squares high. Divide eighteen by the number of seventeen squares high of your grid image. ( 18 ÷ 17 = 1.05 ) This size square of 1.05 inches is what we need to draw our grid pattern on our canvas to create a full size image.
Where to Begin Drawing Your Image from Grid Pattern
Where ever you feel comfortable to start transferring your image onto a blank grid pattern is up to you. It doesn't really matter in which square you begin drawing. What does matter is that you continue drawing in the adjacent square to the one you just previously drew in. If you skip to different squares you may find yourself using an eraser and redrawing to keep your image appearing jagged.
Are You Learning to See?
As you draw in each individual square ask yourself if you are seeing where the pencil images are in relation to the sides of the grid pattern. You should be seeing the distance between the pencil images and the grid pattern itself. It takes time to train your eye to see distance properly so practice, practice and practice. By doing so you will find your drawing skills becoming accomplished and your drawings looking more realistic.
At times blank white areas in art is referred to as negative space. This is because we can not identify what that space represents. Negative space is therefore nothing that we can draw because we do not know what it is. An easy way to understand this is by looking at the following three squares below. Ask yourself, in what location do the smiley faces appear in each of their respective squares?
In the first square the smiley face is located at top left. The second square has the smiley face located at bottom middle and the last square has the smiley face located directly in the middle. In your mind you have just discerned the distance the smiley faces are in relation to the border lines of each separate square or the grid pattern. This is what is known as being able to see and understand negative space.
To illustrate this thought about negative space let's use a wooden chair as an example. If asked to draw a wooden chair how would we sketch it? By focusing on the negative space we do not identify with the individual pieces of the chair like the back rest, the chair legs or the chair seat. We can tell if our focus is on the wrong area because our drawings may look like stick figures such as the chair image below to the left.
What we need to focus on when drawing is the negative space that is between the different components such as the legs or the back rest of the chair. Actually what it is that we are drawing are the edges of each piece of the chair. We're still drawing the chair but in a way that we do not know it is a chair. Over time by applying this technique and with practice you will find you can learn to draw more realistically like the drawn chair to the right.
It is this concept to keep in mind when using grid drawing patterns. As you use them think of where the distance of the image lines your drawing are in relation to the grid itself. Remember grid drawing patterns are a way to begin to learn to see different sizes and shapes until your able to discern distance on your own. Eventually as you continue to practice your drawing skills your eyes and mind will gain ability to see negative space more clearly and drawing will be quite enjoyable.
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