Anthony Forster Art Classes: watercolour tuition - Daffodils - Drawing
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The Shire Horse Head
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Drawing notes: Though all your grid lines should normally be drawn very lightly, the pencil lines of the daffodil's heads should also be drawn lightly.

A few general notes:
I recommend a medium soft pencil, 1B keep it sharp and using only light pressure you will be able to draw a clearly visible line.
Draw the grid lines in very faintly to suit your own size of paper.
The twelve rectangles must be square, four across by three down. If you use a quarter sheet of standard water colour paper i.e.. 15x11inches, the grid squares should be 3.5x3.5 inches, leaving a border of quarter inch top and bottom with half inch at the sides.

Roughly but lightly copy the contents of each square - then view your drawing at this preliminary stage comparing shapes and lines relative to where the grid-lines intersect. If you feel the need to erase any part of your drawing - dabbing gently or rolling a fresh piece of blue-tack over the mistake will remove most of the graphite.
At this stage study your drawing looking for lines and shapes that seem unstructured, disjointed, or appear to go nowhere.
Mentally paint the areas contained by your pencilwork i.e. the areas that form the sky, the hills, the fields and trees, etc. If you find that some parts of your drawing are difficult to understand compare that area with the above drawing making the necessary corrections.
Now emphasise lines in the composition where necessary.
By following these few basic procedures you should produce a reasonable drawing.

When you feel the drawing is finished don't be tempted to erase the grid lines
with an ordinary eraser as this will damage the surface, causing any colour-wash to soak deeper into the paper and show darker in the area erased.
Carefully erase all visible grid-lines, using putty rubber or good quality eraser, after the painting is finished and only when it is totally dry.
Be warned where the colour-wash is dark, erasing may cause it to go noticeably lighter - be gentle with the surface of the paper, all scrapes, knocks, scratches and greasy finger marks will show up on the finished work.

TRACING YOUR DRAWING ONTO WATERCOLOUR PAPER: As you know, using an eraser on watercolour paper before you apply colour washes, does distress the paper's surface causing ugly marks to show through colour washes and can often spoil the fresh look of a painting. Tracing the finished image onto your watercolour paper is a method used by many artists to achieve a fast transfer of your sketch to watercolour paper. Assuming your sketch or original drawing is the same size as your watercolour paper and intended painting. If you don't have a light box, fasten the drawing to be transferred to a window pane with tape and fix your watercolour paper over it, you should be able to see your drawing through the watercolour paper well enough to trace the finished image onto the paper.
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