I remember last year reading the book how to draw LIFELIKE PORTRAITS from PHOTOGRAPHS, by Lee Hammond. I came to a chapter where she started explaining how to use a grid method to help draw your line art more accurately. After initially not being sure if I wanted to use a grid, I remained open minded and thought I’d give it a go. Then it hit me … how am I going to do this?
I had no idea. For a good couple of hours I searched online and tried to work out how to do it, the truth is, it was about a month or two until I got the whole system set up the way it is now. I kept changing it based on my experience. Below, are 8 steps I’ve found to work best for me; I really hope they help you too!
I now grid the lineart phase and then once I’m happy with the accuracy of the lineart, I remove the grid and do the rendering freehand. I only add this bit of information in, as if you wanted to grid the whole drawing from start to finish, including the rendering, the following steps may not actually be the best way to do it!
NOTE: Steps 1, 2 and 3 are only needed the very first time, or whenever you want to create a new grid of a different size.
I hope this little guide helps you in some way, it’s the way I’ve found best to grid my portraits after many months of trying different things that didn’t work! It’s now nearly 2017, and I still grid my realistic drawings this way.