Traditional-Drawing Tutorial: Drawing A Mirror Image Using A Grid And A Lightboard



Materials needed:
Light board/light box or a sunny window,
Graph paper,
No 2 pencil - please do not use a sharp point,
Art gum eraser,
kneadable eraser,
Smooth grain paper.
Fine tip black ink pen - rolling ball tip,

Graph drawing isn't as easy as it may seem, the class I took in it was brutal.The teacher was a perfectionist. Your lines must be a perfect replica in width, smoothness, curve and placement. Our lessons were all geared to teach us how to
do this.

Graph drawing can be used in many ways, from repeating halves, quarters in drawings to give a mirror effect. It can also be used to help draw a reference image for
the first time or to practice. To use it in this manner, you would use two grids.one for you to use as a guide for your drawing and a clear grid to place over your reference image. The squares on both images must be the same size.
(Its like the images you see in some puzzle books, were you have one image drawn in a grid and you must duplicate it in the empty grid.)

It teaches you line control, smoothness, proportion, mirror imaging and the graph helps keep the drawing symmetrical.

The finished product will not be perfect, nor will it be inked. I want you to see how not paying attention to what you are doing can throw off an image. See how many mistakes you can find that I made and please don\'t hesitate to point them out.Its all part of the learning process.


End result:
Drawing A Mirror Image Using A Grid And A Lightboard Final Image

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Step 1

Step 1

Set up your light board (window) and tape your graph paper in place, them tape your drawing paper over the grid.


Step 2

Step 2

Very lightly draw in your rough draft on one side of the paper, leaving enough space for you to draw your mirror image. (Please bear with me, I will be redrawing each
step a new, so there will be some variations. to try to keep it on track, I will be using a clear grid on each previous step's image.)


Step 3

Step 3

Now that you have your rough draft, you may slowly begin to build in the details. Please remember to keep your pencil strokes light, smooth and same thickness. You do not want indent the paper by to much pressure, it will cause problems during the inking later on.


Step 4

Step 4

We continue to add detail to the image, remember to keep an eye on the grid and that you will be drawing the mirror image on the opposite side of the paper, connecting the two halves.

Note: It is quite common for artists to use a grid when drawing a frontal view of a face, it helps them to keep features even and equal.


Step 5

Step 5

You should have your first part of the drawing complete, do any touch ups needed and insure you can add the mirror image seamlessly.

Note: This drawing method is not a style to rush through, take your time, study your drawing carefully, fix and adjust as needed. Some artists have been known to
spend several weeks on perfecting on this type of drawing. It takes practice like any other art form.


Step 6

Step 6

Now that we have finished our starting drawing and we insured that the mirror image will blend into the existing image, we can begin the mirroring. this is where your
graph guide comes in handy, starting from next to the original image, work your way through the squares, you want to slowly work your way from the existing image, going
towards the half of paper we left blank. You draw the mirror image one square at a time, duplicating the lines in the corresponding squares of the original image. Try to keep your line thickness the same, leaves less rework for later.

Note: By doing each step on separate pieces of paper, you will notice I have several variations in my lines, it can happen when you use a single piece of paper as well.
Its not uncommon to have to thicken or thin down a line during clean up of a drawing.


Step 7

Step 7

Finish your mirror image, trying to keep both images as identical as possible. This is when you must really study every line of your drawing and pay a great amount of attention to the detail. Are your lines uniform? Does the image blend well as it is mirrored? If you are completely satisfied with your image, you may now ink the drawing. Be careful not to smudge the ink, pay attention to the thickness of each line and let the ink dry fully before you erase the pencil lines on finished image.

I hope this guide was helpful and I was able to teach you a small part of drawing. For those that are curious, you can use the same method with photoshop when digitally drawing
an image you hand drew first, photoshop does have a grid and you can set the size for the squares.






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