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When I was first told how to enlarge an image for drawing using a grid it sounded complicated, but in reality it is easy enough and is one of the best ways of getting the image’s proportions correct in the final picture. Getting the proportions right is especially important for portraits and for scenes with perspective, like townscapes and buildings.
Artists use an enlarging grid when they have a small sketch, drawing or photograph and they want their painting to be a bigger size than the original sketch. So, for instance, if you have an A4 size sketch and you want your painting to be ¼ imperial size (11×15 inches) or larger, using an enlarging grid allows you to easily and accurately scale the drawing up to fit the paper.
You can buy a massive number of different watercolour paints, and each manufacturer has a large range to choose from, so where do you start?
I don’t usually mix my colours in a pallet when I am painting with watercolour. I like to achieve clear bright colours and I find this is best done by letting the colours mix actually on the paper as you paint. This can be risky though, because, without a lot of experience, you may not get the shade you had hoped for, but on the other hand, sometimes a ‘happy accident’ can lead to a wonderful effect.
You can use just about any type of paper when you are painting with watercolours, but how do you decide which watercolour paper will work best for you to use for your paintings?
With such a wide selection of papers too choose from it is often difficult, especially for a beginner, to decide what to use so I have written this short article to give some advice that I hope will be helpful to the reader.
When you begin to create art work you are usually focused on the art, getting it to turn out the way you want, your mind isn't usually on who will like it and hopefully buy it. Later, when the piece is finished, you decide you want to sell the art work, but how do you begin?
Being a good artist doesn't mean you know how to sell, that's a whole different area of expertise. Until you learn how to sell your art work you won't be successful, no matter how great your art is, because no one will know about you or get to see your work.