How To Use A Grid To Make Drawing Simple: A Step By Step Art Project
Most of the time I prefer to draw free hand, but using a grid to help draw a picture can be very useful. Grid drawing is very helpful because it allows the artist to focus on one block of the picture at a time. For this demonstration, I will be using a grid to draw a picture of a puppy on a birthday card for my nephew. Why pay for grid drawing tutorials when you can learn the same technique on your own for free? My first encounter with the grid drawing technique was in a high school geometry project where we had to enlarge a cartoon. However, grid drawing can be used for almost any project and it is easy for the beginner to try. I recommend making your own grids, but it is easy and affordable to also buy graph paper at the store if you are in a time crunch. The steps below will show how to make a simple drawing using a grid.
Step One: Make A Grid On The Blank Card.
Use a ruler to make a grid on the card or any other piece of paper that you wish to use for the drawing. Using graph paper may be easier if you do not have the time to make a graph.
Step Two: Make A Grid On The Reference Picture
Make the same type of grid on the reference picture as was made on the blank drawing/card. This grid will allow the artist to concentrate on one block of the drawing at a time. This is especially helpful if the artist is enlarging a small picture.
How To Use The Grid For Drawing
In this YouTube video I explain how to use a grid for drawing a picture. Use the grid on the reference picture to help position the beginning of the drawing. For example, I would count across the widest portion of the puppy in order to center my drawing.
Another Way To Start The Grid Drawing
In this YouTube I am suggesting an alternative way of beginning the grid drawing. For this video demonstration I begin at the top by sketching out the puppy's head, which helps to show novice that there is no single correct way to begin a drawing! Do what you like and follow you heart's desire when it comes to drawing. Inspiration is the key to a unique and original piece.
Use Color To Cover Up The Grid Lines
In this YouTube video I am showing how to use color to cover up the grid lines on the puppy drawing. See how easy it is to cover up lines on a grid drawing! Another thing you can do if you do not want to make your own grid is buy graph paper for drawing. Choose a type of graph paper that has light colored lines, which will make it easier to cover up the grid marks. However, with a ruler it is easier and more cost effective to make the grid on your own.
Paint Mod Podge Over The Card
In this final step I am painting Mod Podge over the surface of my card to give it a shiny and lustrous look. Allow the Mod Podge to dry overnight before placing the card in an envelope.
The Card Is Ready!
Here is what my puppy card looked like after I allowed it to dry for twenty-four hours. I always recommend allowing Mod Podge to dry over night because the card will stick to the envelope if you fail to do this.