I used to see tracing as cheating too for some reason, that's why I used to grid everything. If I think back on all the pieces that I've gridded over the years I could have completed ALOT more work by tracing with graphite paper or blowing an image up with a projector. It's all just personal preference of course. It still takes time, skill and talent to shade or color in a traced outline so I have no problem using graphite paper. The attatched piece is the last one I used a grid on. (sorry bout the mispelled "coptwrite". It's been fixed on my website lol)
I used to grid too, for years. Then a buddy of mine at work told me about graphite paper. Now I just blow up an image to the size I want, put down a sheet of stock, put the graphite paper on it and the image on that. Then trace. WAY faster than grids. I wish I would've known about the stuff 20 years ago...
Holy Harry, those are pretty nice! My brother does quite a bit on Photoshop and I've always wanted to try it. I think my brain is just analog instead of digital and I'm kinda stuck in my ways. It might be good to try something new though.
I appreciate the info Harry. I think I'll try the one I have and reduce an image down so it fits under my projector. I know it'll save me alot of time but this little part of my brain thinks it's cheating! Eh, I need to get with the times. Do you do any drawing Harry? You seem to know about paper and what not.
It is VERY time consuming. I did buy one of those projector thingies that you put over a photograph and it shows it on a wall or piece of paper, but the largest picture it will work on is a 5x7. Is that the same as an Artograph?? I usually take a photo and blow it up to the exact size I need, like a 16x20, and then grid it from there. Maybe I should try another way, I might get more work done that way too.
Like many others I build the cars I would love to own but could never afford. I got back into building a little while ago after about 13 years. I've been collecting old kits for about 5 years just for the box art but after a while you want to actually BUILD one instead of admire the artwork. One day not too long ago I just decided to open one and build it. The fact that my 7 year old son has shown interest in it probably has alot to do with it too.
No problem Harry. For pencils I use Staedtler 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B. The paper is Strathmore Bristol Vellum, it has a nice "tooth" to it so the graphite spreads around easily for shading. I use the grid method to lay out my images. I go block by block and freehand sketch everything in, then erase the grid and go to town shading. I've never been one to do "studies" or test pieces, I just make sure I don't screw up the one I'm working on. I've been thinking about trying to loosen up my work a bit. With the way I draw now and the detail I put into my pieces it's really time consuming. If I'm set up at a car show I can usually count a half dozen people that say "nice photographs" and they keep on walking .....I need a sign or something. Anyway, if you have any other questions just ask. Take care.