Saturday, January 23, 2010

Final steps in gridding

Continue completing your boxes(as many as you need). To complete the box just repeat the steps, going from corner to corner and from top to bottom thru the X and from side to side thru the X. Remember that the lines you create on your drawing surface need to be repeated on your photo so when you go to transfer the drawing, your lines will be the same grid on both. You can continue gridding down as small as you need to transfer the details. When doing portraits, this is handy when you need to get eye, mouth and nose detail location.
If you need any help with this application of gridding just email me or call me and I will walk you through the steps.
Happy drawing!

Step four in gridding

Now, you will draw a line from top to bottom on both your photo and your drawing surface going through where the lines of your X intersect. Then draw a line from side to side,horizontally, on both your photo and your drawing surface where your X intersect. I have included photos of my marks to show how this will look.

Step three in gridding

Move your photo to the right side and repeat the process on this side. You should now have an X on your drawing paper.

Step two in the gridding process

Now, you want to place the your trimmed photo at the left hand corner of your drawing surface(this is where you decide if you want a verical or horizontal format).
Place the yard stick/ruler at the corner of your photo lining it up thru the opposite corner of your photo. Now you are ready to make that first line. You will draw from one corner up thru the opposite corner and upwards across your drawing surface. (I am using black marker on the photo so it will show up better but you will need to use your 2B pencil).
Move your photo to the side and complete the line down to the corner of your drawing surface as in the above photos.

Creating a grid for transfer or enlarging your photos

We are going to take a step by step journey on creating a grid for transfering and enlarging your favorite photos to your drawing surface. In this first step, I will tell you what you will need to get started.

The first thing you will need is your drawing surface, a 36" ruler or yard stick, a 2B graphite pencil, and or course your photo. You will need to make a copy of your photo as you will be marking directly on the photo copy.

  • The first step is to trim your photo to the exact image you wish to grid.

  • Next, you will need to decide if you image will be horizontal or vertical.

  • Decide on the size of your drawing surface(I will be using an 18"x24" size for this demo).

So, go get your stuff and let's get started---

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Valentine's Day and the New sign up at the Studio/Gallery

Well, I'll try and take a picture of the new sign above the gallery today and post it here.

Also wanted to let everybody know that there is a 10 percent discount at the gallery in time for Valentine's Day. Give them something special-give them art from the heart!

Art is a treasure that nevers fades and needs to be thrown away-come see the many wonderful art we have to chose from and pick that "special" gift just for your sweetie!

Coming soon-Glass creations by Erlene Flowers.

Hope to see you soon,
Gragg Art Gallery/Studio

Monday, January 18, 2010

Art Classes at the Gallery

Hey, it's time to release your inner child! We have art classes on Wednesday, from 2-4pm: Friday, from 10am to Noon : and starting January 30th, Saturday, from 10am to Noon.

Call, email or stop by to sign up. We will be focusing on drawing in the Wednesday class, the Friday class is focusing on pastels and the Saturday class will start off with drawing and then try a couple different mediums just to give them a whirl.

If any artist is interested in teaching classes at the gallery just give me a call and we'll chat about it.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Interested in a Saturday Art class?

Hi everyone,

I have been contacted by a few budding artist to have a Saturday art class in addition to those I already offer on Wednesday and Fridays.

If you are interested in this time slot or any of the other two-just email me or give me a call.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Buddy loses some of his privleges

Well, Buddy is evolving into a regular little happy dog and leaving his puppy mill status behind. Buddy is getting too attached to me and therefore getting a little protective. We consulted our vet and she made the suggestion that Buddy's bed privleges are suspended for now. He has been growling at Michael when he pets him while Buddy is on the bed-so for now-he will have to stay off the bed and in his own little bed. After two months, we will try to let him back on the bed with us. However, if he growls or snaps at Michael after that he will again be denied this special privlege. We are also going to have Michael start feeding him at least every other day so he knows that Michael is also a giver of all things good.

Buddy is also a little grumpy in the mornings so since Michael always walks him first thing in the morning, Michael will start giving him a treat to wake him up, a treat when he lets him put his halter on, and a treat when he comes back from his walk and lets Mike take off his leash and little red coat and does not growl.

It is always a learning experience for our little guy. His five years of puppy mill and lack of socialization leaves him with no regular benchmarks of behavior that regular dogs get from birth, but he is doing amazing and with patience he will be great.

At the vets suggestion, we are going to take the top off his crate so when he retreats to his crate and we need to get him out to walk, eat, etc., we will not be pulling him out like they must have done in his previous circumstance. With the top off, he will still have his own space, but we will be picking him up from above instead of pulling him out the door. He still needs to feel that he has a space to retreat to when he feels unsure but he also needs to start knowing that human contact is not a bad thing.

I hope that by continuing to blog about Buddy, we will encourage others to give these great dogs a chance at a normal life.
Jennylynne and Buddy