Tip File: Gridding Tips

• If you’re new at using grids, use them only to transfer images at the same size. Wait until you’ve had a bit of practice to try to
enlarge images with them.

• At first use grids with smaller boxes (around 7/8-inch squares), and then progress to larger ones. This way, if you wish, you can gradually “wean” yourself off grids.

• Draw all your contour lines first and then
add the shading. This is especially important when drawing the human figure.

This tip is an excerpt from an article titled “Think Inside the Box,” by Butch Krieger. To read the full article on how to increase the accuracy of your drawings using the grid system, click here and order The Artist’s Magazine‘s 2007 Annual CD.


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