|'A Change of Seasons' 18x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I have a notebook full of helpful information but what stands out for me is how pleasantly surprised I was by the grid. I was dreading the grid. Let me explain.....
|My reference photo with my crop marks|
And we didn't need a ruler! All we did was put crop marks in quarters on our photo and on our paper. The crop marks are in place to help us find our way through the reference and to simplify it into simple shapes. (see photo below)
The crop marks help us size up our drawing to our paper and get the shapes in the right location and proportion. The nice thing for me is that you can just eyeball the crop marks. They really do help! It is so easy to loose your way in a painting....where does the water end and the land begin? How tall are the mountains? and so on. The crop marks helped me make sense of my marsh especially in the distance with the ribbons of land and water.
|Liz's sketchbook with her thumbnail and value sketch using crop marks|