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    How does one go about measuring angles?

    Personally I have no idea how to measure angles when drawing from life an photographs. I hear people saying 'measure angles!', but how does one go about doing so?

    Thanks in advance for any input, I've been looking around the forums and I haven't really found any answers to this.
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    Most of the time it's simply a matter of noticing how much something deviates from an absolute vertical or horizontal. When working from life, use your pencil, brush handle, or a long skewer or knitting needle.

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    Thanks Elwell, I'll try that next time. =)
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    The device used to measure angles is called a protractor. It is an instrument used to solve problems of geometry, but I've actually used one in laying out a drawing or painting.
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    Hahaha stephen, great drawing!
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    Really cute drawing, please tell the artist in the picture for me that he rocks.
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    I wanted to write about using the same method as stephen but he explained it better
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    I love that! BAM!

    Anyway, it's all about looking and comparing. You'll notice the angle is wrong or correct just by looking back and forth. Alternating between your drawing and the subject. Trust your instincts.
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    Awesome drawing. xD Thanks.
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