Tracing That Works For You

Let’s look at a couple of coloring book examples – one for children and one for adults

How would you make a great painting out of the first one? If there was enough shading to make the fish look 3 dimensional and the colors were gorgeous, this would be enough.

What about the adult one? It appears that the line work acts to add values and give a 3 dimensional affect.  If you are careful to get the lights and darks correct and use colors based on their values this could work too.

Some people will look at the adult drawing and feel “yipes! too much” and others will think it looks like a lot of fun.

October 18, 2017

3 responses on "Tracing That Works For You"

  1. Anne, you are free now to trace and learn and drawing will come when it comes.

  2. Not knowing how to draw has really held me back from experiencing the pleasures of art. Alcohol ink deep-sixed that fear. Love those abstracts! I’m thrilled to find a home that will teach me how to trace and the acceptability of that process so I can finally learn to draw!

  3. I have used my own photos to trace and combine some with others to make a better composition. Then I painted them. I was so pleased w results.

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