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    Does anyone draw too big or too small?

    For me, I draw way too big. I even have trouble with thumbnails. Does anyone have any tips to get better at drawing at their preferred size?

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    Practice drawing some lines, boxes and circles at predetermined size?

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    Get yourself an A5 sketchbook.



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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    Practice drawing some lines, boxes and circles at predetermined size?
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    Get yourself an A5 sketchbook.
    Thanks a lot!

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    All the time, I typically always draw small because I can see the whole picture more easily, or also because that I have a small sketchbook.

    Those two issues could easily be solved with a bigger sketchbook and stepping back from the picture to see the whole thing, but it is just the way I work.

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    I used to go through phases of drawing too big or too small as a student... It usually happened because I would rush to the finished phase of a drawing without establishing the basic proportions and shapes first. What helped was getting into the habit of lightly putting in the basic gesture and shapes, and double-checking to make sure everything is where I want it, correcting or redoing until it all fits on the paper as I want it... For figures and life drawing, the key for me was getting the basic proportions in a simple lightly sketched stick-figure-ish form and establishing where the extremities end up on the paper (head, feet, hands, any sticky-out bits like bent elbows and knees....) If they go off, erase, redraw smaller...

    If you need to do a lot of this before you get everything where you want it, I recommend a non-photo blue pencil for the initial roughing in. You can make a HUGE mess with revisions, but by the time you go over it with pencil or ink, it's barely noticeable (and easy to remove from scans...)

    Or for life drawing, I often use a light brown pencil for initial roughing in...

    For thumbnails, try drawing a box around the thumbnail first to set the size. Then stay in the box. If it don't fit, redraw the thumbnail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    "Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I do this!"
    "So don't do this!"
    That would make a good comedy routine.

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    Clip your thumbnails?

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