Taking Photos For Your Art - Part III

Work In Progress © Beth Cole

Work In Progress © Beth Cole

This is the third in a series of posts about Taking Photos for Your Art. Here are the first and second posts.

Gridding Your Canvas

by Beth Cole

If I am painting something that really needs to be drawn well, like a portrait or figure, I always grid my photo and canvas.

One way to do this is to use a printed copy of the photo. Make sure your photo is the same size ratio as the canvas, very important! Fold the paper in half lengthwise and widthwise. Your creases will act as your guidelines.

Then, just draw a line halfway down the middle and across the center of the canvas. Voila. You are gridded.

If you need a closer grid, you could fold the paper into fourths both ways, and add four more lines on your canvas and you’ll be good to go.

I have tried gridding in thirds but honestly, I don’t like math and it is really just easier to fold in half.

What is your best way to grid?

I hope this series has been helpful to you. Next up, I’ll be writing about ideas to help you prepare for holiday sales.

If you have any comments and ideas for other things you would like to talk about, I’m all ears!

Take good care now and thanks for reading.

--Beth Cole
Sola Deo Gloria