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Post Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:28 pm

How to start a drawing

I am sorry if this was asked before but I can't really find anything that is helping me.
My question is how do you start? Do you start with the line drawing or just go?
I can't seem to figure out how to pull a line drawing out of a detailed drawing I guess would be the best way to put it.
For example. The dog portrait I did a few weeks ago came from a book that took me step by step and the first picture was a line drawing like so:

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That made it pretty easy to draw because I was able to follow steps.
Now when I did my drawing for my moms birthday I used picnik and sorta edited it and made a pencil drawing stencil like so:

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Now that doesn't help me as much but it sorta makes me see the outline. I Just want to know how you guys pull the outline of a drawing. MIght be a stupid question but its something I can't figure out how to do. I hope this all made sense. Thanks for helping.

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Post Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:54 am

Re: How to start a drawing

Caitlin,It's down to the individual,we all work in different ways.
I normally grid and then start with the easiest defined area,normally the eyes,and then i charge all over the place...no control.
Also you need the BEST reference picture possible,same as the dog pic both need grid work
Caitlin,can you do me a favour...i have trouble with my eyes and find it very difficult to read your posts with that colour :(
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Post Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:51 pm

Re: How to start a drawing

I guess I just have to figure it out and practice.

No problem. Im just used to using purple on all the other forums I am on. But there backgrounds are all black and not gray so it is easier to read on them. I Just like changing the color. Do you want me to change the color or just not use color at all?
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Post Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:29 pm

Re: How to start a drawing

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