View Full Version : Through the window.

05-20-2001, 06:14 AM
Have you tried drawing your subject through a window or rather a sheet of glass. You have a sheet of glass say 18" X 12" in a frame and you look through and trace your subject onto the glass with an indelible marker pen.You then trace the image onto tracing paper and from there onto your support.You can fill in all your planes and tones etc as you go along.Try and trace without takng your pen from the glass. For self portraits, do it on a mirror. Great fun and great results.Saw it on a video by an artist called James Kirk ( from Oregon not the Enterprise)
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05-20-2001, 08:01 AM
I have tried this and it is *very* difficult!

The problem is that you have to keep your eyes in exactly the same spot. If you move your head at all, all of your marks on the glass (or in my case a sheet of perspex) are in the wrong place.

The only way round this is to make one mark right at the beginning and keep making sure that is in the right place.

Have you tried it billyg?

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05-21-2001, 12:08 AM
I tried something similar. My refernce for a commissioned portrait was on video. My problem was that the VCR kept dropping out of pause before I could get a good solid sketch. Out of frustration I taped a piece of Saran Wrap to the TV screen and used a permanent maker to get a quick but accurate drawing without having to continuously rewind the tape and find the same frame again. It was easy so long as I kept one eye closed. It was a challenging commision that would be much easier nowadays with video capture equipment.

05-21-2001, 04:33 AM
never done it billy but it seems too darn hard for me..lol http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifI do my portraits free hand..seem easy to me that way http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif