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Gridding the canvas is an essential step for me to accurately place my image on the canvas. The process is to:
The dimensions of the canvas are fixed. Grid area and line adjustments have to be made on the photocopy to fit what will be seen on the canvas. Often, I have to crop the grid area or extend the grid off the photocopy image to:
Then, using a ruler or yard stick and a pencit, I mark both sides of the canvas where each grid line will span. I use an artist's ebony pencil with smooth jet black lead, because ordinary pencils do not show up well on the canvas.
The canvas spacing is a direct multiplier of the spacing worked out on the photocopy:
The canvas is then ready for drawing in the outlines of all the features in the painting in roughly the right place.
Without the grid lines on the canvas, all subsequent work would be a guess. I would not be able to efficiently place or size the images I want to paint.
My first three paintings were done without grid lines. None of them appear on the SteamBritannia website. I am a self-taught artist, and I learned that:
Grid lines at least start my efforts in the ballpark.