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: having trouble with scale of a painting?

10-21-2012, 12:57 PM
I'm doing a painting on a 3' 4 1/2" X 2' 1/2" canvas. This is the largest canvas I've ever worked on before so I'm having trouble getting the proportions right. It's a painting of a person so it has be exact to look right.

Does anyone have an suggestions as to how to get it right? I was thinking about sketching it out on another piece of paper and creating a grid that i can then copy onto the canvas.

10-22-2012, 05:01 AM
There is several ways I do this...the first is the grid method, I always make a separate outline drawing to transfer to my support regardless the size of the piece. Because if for some reason you have to start again you will not have to take the time to redraw the outline. Another way I manage this is with either an overhead projector or my smaller project. If you do not have an overhead projector you may be able to find a library that has one and use theirs. also if you use Photoshop or something like it you could print out the piece onto several sheets of paper piece them together and trace the results from that.

10-23-2012, 09:32 AM
Hello Jess.
I paint on the larger size. I am going to stretch a 6' x 5' canvas. I work figurative and I live by the grid usage. I only use the grid for when I am painting out the main lines. Once I draw it in I have no need to the squares again. Then I start painting over the squares with my under painting. If you look in my albums, the one of Ajamu was done griding the painting first.

“If you hear a voice within you say „you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Van Gogh