25 Days to Better Drawings: The Grid Technique

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Lesson Discussion

  1. I loved the idea of using the grid technique to help with value. In the past I always used the grid to define the shapes and placements of defined areas in the object. Thanks for creating these lessons.

  2. Thank you Matt for the very interesting and engaging exercise! I found it a lot easier to do this exercise by magnifying the photo reference to focus on one square at a time. I won’t be able to see the ‘big picture’, therefore won’t be misguided by my thinking. When working on values this method is useful too as the contrast of values is clear and I won’t be confused by what the colour of the object might be.

  3. Hi Matt,
    I would like to introduce myself. In a few months i will be eighty years old, Belgian living in London, i am a starter and very slow, therefore forget me doing it in an hour.
    i love your course and made an emance progress. Today i found it difficult because i never did this before, a real challenge especially the hair. I am very patience and stubborn, i finish what i start, well at the end i usually get there.
    I finished course twenty one, i have another four to go.
    Now my question is: what would you advice for my next course.
    Thanks in advance.

  4. Grids I have used before without much joy however this way number’s also letter’s really did help me not only to understand the concept of proportions in an drawing , also the tonal values too!
    I am loving all of these lessons you really have inspired me to draw more as iv sometimes avoided it for fear of spoiling a portrait or any painting I do !
    I would fully recommend your lessons to anyone who wants to improve skills at any level!
    They are so good to follow & have all the tools you need to show the way !

  5. Absolutely enjoyed that lesson. I’ve not used grids since school. I’ve never managed portraits. He had a strong resemblance, I was really pleased. Would love to nail portraits!

    Thank you 😀

  6. Hi Matt,

    I am interested in drawing birds and drawing flowers. I have taken a number of zoom bird drawing classes and field journaling classes with Cornell School of Ornithology this year in addition to your 25 Days to Better Drawing. I have been having trouble with the angle of a bird’s tail and thought that if I used a grid it would be helpful but wasn’t sure how to do this. I really liked lesson 21 using a grid was very helpful and it was easier to draw a face in increments. In my next bird drawing I am going to use a grid to help with the angle and placement of a bird’s tail. Thank you for this lesson and all of the previous lessons. All of them have been helpful.

  7. Hi, Matt, I’m very new to Virtual Instructor and I have loved learning from it over my Christmas break from teaching school(kindergarten). I’ve used the grid method for a pastel project of my grandson this week, but I haven’t listened to this lesson yet, because I’m only on Lesson 9, and don’t want to go out of order. If this question is answered in the lesson, I’m sorry. Just tell me that I’ll find the answer there. Otherwise, I would appreciate your input here. Is there an accurate, but simple way, to decide what size to make the grid squares to fit in a certain size mat or frame? I worked from a page size picture for my grandson, but the half size was a little too small. I’m getting ready to do a pastel dog for a friend, and I want to make the head bigger than the photo reference, but don’t know how to make it fit nicely into a 5×7 mat for an 8×10 frame. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Hi Jean,

      Yes, just think in terms of equal proportions. You could resize the reference photo using a photo editing program on your computer – like GIMP or Photoshop. Then crop the image to be a proportional size to the final drawing. For example, if you wish for your final drawing to be 11″ by 14″, you could make your photo reference 5.5″ by 7″. This would mean that every 1″ square on your reference would correlate with a 2″ square on your gridded drawing paper.

  8. This has been fantastic. I had trouble with the mouth in lesson 21, and my girl looks mean rather than young and innocent. I’m thinking it is in the set of the eyes, mouth and my shading. Any suggestions?

  9. This has been a great lesson. My completed drawing looks rather mean rather than young and innocent. I think it in the eyes, mouth and my shading. Any suggestions?

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