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Old 02-28-2008, 08:58 AM
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Question What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

If I want to use a sketch and project it onto a large canvas, so that I can sketch it onto the canvas then paint ... what type of projector do I need?

I'm guessing, an overhead projector? But not sure if there's a specific type I need to do that, one that would 'enlarge' the sketch onto the canvas, is one feature I'd need.

Also, can't spend allot, so may have to look for used ... Ebay maybe, unless somebody knows of another site to look. If I wanted to look local, where would I begin?

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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

What I believe you need is commonly referred to as an Opaque projector. That means a projector that projects an image drawn on a paper or board that is not transparent. These work well with projecting photos or images from books as well.

Here's one from Dick Blick that gives you an idea. They might have other models.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz530/23/

An overhead projector might work well, as long as you do your sketch on transparent media (such as acetate, and I'm not sure if tracing paper is thin enough). These might be easier to find used and at discount, since they're considered low-tech and businesses and schools might want to unload them.
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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

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What I believe you need is commonly referred to as an Opaque projector. That means a projector that projects an image drawn on a paper or board that is not transparent. These work well with projecting photos or images from books as well.

Here's one from Dick Blick that gives you an idea. They might have other models.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz530/23/

An overhead projector might work well, as long as you do your sketch on transparent media (such as acetate, and I'm not sure if tracing paper is thin enough). These might be easier to find used and at discount, since they're considered low-tech and businesses and schools might want to unload them.

Thanks so much Jeff, I'll look at both.

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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

Yike, the one from blick that I posted was their most expensive. Here's their other alternatives.

http://www.dickblick.com/categories/opaqueprojectors/

There are also lots of projectors made for PC's as well. If you have a laptop and are setup for scanning or sketching on your PC, they might work well. Last week's technology for those can often be bought quite cheaply on the used market, but you have to know what is compatible with what.
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Yike, the one from blick that I posted was their most expensive. Here's their other alternatives.

http://www.dickblick.com/categories/opaqueprojectors/

There are also lots of projectors made for PC's as well. If you have a laptop and are setup for scanning or sketching on your PC, they might work well. Last week's technology for those can often be bought quite cheaply on the used market, but you have to know what is compatible with what.

Jeff, I've been looking at the ones you've listed ... and some others, but I have a few questions:

If I'm understanding it correctly, you can only use a piece of paper that is up to 7" x 7", so if I've drawn my sketch on an 8"x10" or larger, it won't work, is that right? Or am I understanding this wrong?

I do most of my sketching on an 8x10 paper ... sometimes the image or finished sketch, isn't that large, maybe 1/2 that size ...

Just wondering ....

One more thing I thought of: what I'm mainly needing it for, is to enlarge a sketch/illustration that I've drawn on paper, onto a large canvas, so I can then paint it.

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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

Jeff, I think I just answered my own question .... because I could always scan my original sketch into Photoshop and shrink it to the 7x7 or 6x6 size.

But I wonder what type I would need, to project the sketch onto canvas. Would I lay the canvas flat ... or hang it? Does the projector bend to different angles?
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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

Hi.

Here's the more comprehensive list :
http://www.dickblick.com/vendors/artograph/
This is a more basic model from the list :
http://www.dickblick.com/zz530/14/
And another one, a little better :
http://www.dickblick.com/zz530/11/

I think that some are more to define the edges while others are more to project the whole thing.

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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

I tried to use a projector ONCE. I found that when I went to trace the image onto my foundation, my hand and body made shadows and it was extremely hard to get it right.
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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

Hi Diana,

With an opaque projector you can either shrink your image, or divide it up into sections to fit the copy area. If you use a projector stand you can adjust the angle of the projector to match the angle of your surface. Another option is to prop the projector using books until you get the right angle. Just be carefull that the projector doesn't slip off! Depending on how much you want to enlarge you will most likely want to use the Projector horizontally. This way your canvas can be tacked to the wall or secured on an easel.
If you are just wanting to project and trace lines the Artograph Designer Projector will work well.
You can check it out at Dick Blick here:
http://www.dickblick.com/zz530/11/

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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

Okay, I know people use projectors for all kinds of projects - and certainly for mural work they could be invaluable.

But, Diana, you're talking about a large canvas (how large?) here... why not draw? There's always a big switch when you go from working small to working large, but, heck, you're an artist. Try drawing!

Failing that, if you're really feeling insecure about this, how about using the grid method?

If moving from 8"x10" drawings to the size canvas you're thinking of still feels too demanding, you could work up to it. Try 16"x20" first (twice the size of your drawings), and then keep moving up.

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Re: What Type Of Projector Do I Need?

Have you considered using a slide of the sketch and using a slide projector to do the transfer. When other methods fail this may be a viable option. It also helps to make the slide projector a multi use item. You can have digital slides made for not a great deal of money. the slide projector can then also be used for viewing slides for show entries and the likes as well.
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