To transfer your picture plane drawing to paper, you will need A piece of paper, preferably 11" x 14".
One of those new mechanical pencils, with HB or B lead in it. A kneaded eraser. A ruler.
1. Measure and draw the center vertical and horizontal lines on your paper. A piece of 11" x 14" paper would have a vertical center line at 572" and a horizontal at 7".
2. Measure and draw a box that is 8" x 12," centered, or you can put your piece of plastic directly onto the paper, line up the center vertical and horizontal lines, and trace the outside edge of the plastic for your box.
3. Draw the diagonals in your box. Then measure and draw the secondary lines to divide the four boxes, just like the grid. Are you getting the idea of what we are doing?
4. Put your drawing on the plastic up in front of you, as vertically as possible.
5. Start copying your drawing onto paper, using the grid to see the relations between things and lines that you drew on the plastic.
6. Don't let your mind (Old Lefty!) trick you into drawing anything differently because you're not on plastic anymore. Don't think—just see and draw. Work lightly, and if you get lost, go back to the grid to see where you should be. It's fine to erase when necessary. Keep drawing the lines from the plastic.
7. When you have drawn as much on your paper as you had on the plastic, take a moment to assess your work.
Can you see how the grid helped you to transfer your drawing from the plastic to the paper?
Could you begin to relate one line or shape to another or to the lines on the grid?
Did it help to have the grid to establish distance or relation between things as you copied your drawing?
8. If you are happy with the pencil drawing, you can add more to it by looking back at your subject, but make sure that you draw relative to things that you see—no fudging or filling in just to fill in. If you can see something to add, fine, otherwise leave it.
Another exercise to try is drawing an object or a person through a plate glass door—right on the door! You'll be amazed how easy it is to draw on the glass (don't use permanent marker, though). The subject on the other side will come out very small unless you and it are quite close to one another on either side of the glass. You can adjust yourself and your subject as you like, of course. And you can make a tracing on tracing paper after you've gotten the main lines on glass.
Here are three drawings by three different students transferred from Plexiglas to paper.
When you're finished, put your drawing aside to compare later. These exercises can be repeated as often as you like; you will only get better at seeing and drawing.
In the next chapter, we will add a viewfinder, another handy item for helping you to see what is there and to draw it.
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