Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tracing Using a Clear Plastic Clipboard

Tracing.  The dirty word everyone discourages you from doing.  Why?  Because it's an easy shortcut that doesn't teach you to observe carefully and draw what you see.
Fine, fair enough.  
But, used properly, tracing can be a great teaching and production aid.  Let's name a few famous artists who are known to have traced...Caravaggio, Vermeer, and Ingres.  And a few famous illustrators...Norman Rockwell, Drew Struzan, and Bernie Fuchs.

Tracing is especially useful when trying to flatten and understand some deeply foreshortened form, such as a hand that's pointing right at you:
Maybe you don't have a fancy lightbox.  And taping photos to the window to trace is too much of a pain.  
Well, here's an easy, cheap solution-  The Clear Plastic Clipboard.
Just print out or photocopy whatever you want to trace, clip it to the board, overlay a blank sheet, then hold it up to the light.  Voila!  

These are actually quite hard to find.  If you live in Limerick, you can order one for about €7 from Thomond Office Centre Ltd.  on the Dock Road:  Be sure to use Product Code 913721-

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Drawing with a Grid
This link will take you to an online app that will help you create custom graph paper.
Once you create your graph PDF, you can email it to Robert Herbert Printing on O'Connell Street, Limerick and get it printed on a transparency.  Easy!

Drawing with a grid will help you see abstractly, and also make you understand the importance of plumb lines when drawing from life.

G'wan, give it go!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Learning the FUNdamentals of drawing- With Comics!

If you're into comics, you're already familiar with the legendary Jim Lee.
Watch as he draws Batman giving the Joker a flying punch to the chin!
Lots of great little master tips here as well as the basics.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Drawing heads- The Andrew Loomis way

Note the use of construction lines to help line up the features correctly, especially the eyes and nose in relation to the ears...

Check out Proko teaching the Loomis method in his videos:
...under the "Portrait/Head" section

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Another great video by Sam Prokopenko.
If you care about accuracy and correct proportions in your drawing, measuring is a skill you must learn!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Drawing Eyes!

This one features Adam Hughes, amazing comics cover artist...

...And here are a couple of vids by Sam Prokopenko of

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Drawing Made Easy by E.G. Lutz

View and download the pdf here:

A charming book from the past that very clearly shows how to draw using simple shapes.