Grid method

5 min sketch Select an object with interesting texture, tones and shape. For e.g, a pine cone. Try and make light pencil markings, ensure your wrist is flexible and gently resting on your sketchbook. Try not to over analyse the shape and add too much detail, remember this is a 5 minute sketch. Within the five minutes follow the simple instructions below. Add more details if you have included all the steps below.

1. Sketch outline shape 2. Use diagonal lines to depict texture of the object 3. Press a little harder with the pencil to show where shadow is on the object and where the shadow falls on the table or surface the object is resting on. [See photo one]

Keywords: texture, tone, shadow, sketching, shadow, grid, proportions, balance, symmetry

Introduction: In this lesson, we will study the grid method. This method originates from the time of Leonardo Da Vinci when, artists called this method the Divine proportions. This method ensures the size and position of the objects in our drawing are the correct size in proportion to each other. This method may be used in all areas of drawing and painting including life drawing. [see photo two] Therefore the demonstration photo is of a face, to illustrate the harmony, symmetry that is achieved when using the grid method.

Study: See photo one. Draw a large oval on your page, this is the outline/edge of a face. Make a horizontal line from left to right a third of a way down from the top of your oval. This is the eye brow line, then make another line 2-3cm down this is the nose line. Finally make our mouth line, 2-3 cm from the nose line. Lightly sketch a vertical line through the middle of your oval, this will ensure symmetry and balance, this line will go through the nose and mouth and between the the eyes of your drawing. With your fingers or a ruler measure equal distances from the vertical line, and draw in the eyes. Both nostrils will be of equal distance on the vertical line, like wise with the lips.

Encourage: You may have a lightly sketched basic drawing of an imaginary face. Don't worry if you can see the grid on your sketch. You may want to add diagonal shading and create tone and shadow next to the eyes, under the nose on one side and under the lips. This gives your drawing a slight depth (3-d touch).

Homework: Use the grid method again, this time with a fruit or tree or flower

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