Sunday, July 11, 2010

Drawing the American Saddlebred -Transferring the Outline Drawing

Once I have gotten the drawing as far along with all the outline details on it and I feel that the drawing is finished I take new piece of tracing paper and keeping the lines I want I trace the horse in reverse.

This serves two purposes. By seeing the image in reverse any errors that I have missed seem to show themselves. It is similar to holding your picture up and looking at it in the mirror, it forces you to look at it in a different way.

It is at this stage that I make any final corrections. I also make sure to press a little harder with the pencil to be sure there is plenty of graphite on this side so I can easily transfer the final outline sketch to the fine quality paper I am going to use to complete my drawing.

This also limits the amount of excess graphite which can be a problem when rubbing over the back of a sketch with a soft pencil before transferring the final outline drawing, which in many cases can cause unwanted smudging over the paper which will have to be erased and may damage the surface of the paper.

I also find this method better than using the graphite transfer papers as you have to press to harder to get the image to transfer clearly and more often than not score the surface of the paper which should be avoided.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.