How to enlarge a sketch or photo (Miles Davis-inspired part 1)

How to enlarge a sketch or photo (Miles Davis-inspired part 1)

Have you ever wondered how to enlarge a sketch or photo without having a projector? Well there’s a simple technique artists have used for centuries. Low tech and do-able! 

In today’s tutorial I’ll show  you a simple way to do it – with the help of a website that I wish was around when I was in college! Plus the large piece today is also in honor of the great Miles Davis for #blackhistorymonth .

 

 

A SPECIAL REQUEST WHILE WATCHING THIS VIDEO: Open a new browser tab on your computer and open THIS link. If on a smart device, go grab another device to open the link. It’s a Miles Davis album, and it’s a great backdrop for my video!

Tutorial: How to enlarge a sketch or photo

In the first portion of the video, I’ll demo a sketchbook-sized sample of freehand and grid method enlargement; then a little look at how I used the technique for a large art piece.

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Step by step

The freehand method is to draw a loose “box” around the object, divide it into a few sections that make sense, no measuring – but use those blocks to sketch in shapes. It’s similar to what many artists do in breaking objects down into shapes – loose and blocky, then build in detail.

For the grid method, the grids need to have the same number of blocks. NOT measurements that “match” in an easy mathematical way. 

  1. Starting with the photo reference, upload it to Add a Grid, and create the grid atop the reference.
  2. Change the color to black (000) or white (fff) depending on the colors in the photo.
  3. Change the thickness of the lines as desired.
  4. Change the number of squares to one that’ll be replicated in the larger piece.

OR

  1. Start with the finished piece and draw a grid on it. Whatever the number of blocks (evenly spaced both horizontally and vertical), change the grid to match that number of blocks.

THEN

  1. To transfer the drawing, label one side with numbers, one with letters, on both the reference and drawing. (I write it on the tape).
  2. You can approach it square by square, looking at what lines and shapes appear in that square only, and move methodically across the page.
  3. OR you can approach it by elements, as I did. Look for the beginning and ending of a line, or the top/bottom/left/right of a shape. 
  4. Draw in as much detail as needed, then ink/color as desired.

Both of these were colored with Sketchmarkers.

Miles Davis Portrait

This large piece took about three 12-hour days. Or maybe more, it sure felt like it! Lots of stippling, some line work, and thankfully a big old brush for the black areas—although the paper didn’t like the wet ink much!

It’s….large!

I’m determined to get this large paper used up – pads and pads of 19″ x 24″ bristol that I hoarded since college! Some pads got yellowed so they’ll be paper to keep tables or counters clean when I do messy things, and some are just a little warpy after all these years. But I’m determined to USE it!

My recommendation: try this now.

Go make a tiny photo into a small sketch – and use the website to add a grid. Leave your grid drawn in the sketchbook, and tape that picture in it. Some day you’ll thank me for telling you to do this, making notes, writing down the title of my video, so you can go find it again if you need it someday!

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Real Time Gouache Painting: Waterfall in Tasmania

Real Time Gouache Painting: Waterfall in Tasmania

In this real time gouache painting, I’ll show you how I painted the Horseshoe Waterfall in Tasmania – and the process to build up lights on top of darks! I’ll be working from a photo, and you can, too –  just download it from Paint My Photo where you can create art from uploaded photos without any worries about copyright. Consider a donation to the site if you end up using their images, it’s not cheap to run a website!

Tutorial: Real Time Gouache Painting: Waterfall in Tasmania

Download the reference photo if you’d like to try painting along!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Gouache Tips

After beginning with a loose wash to leave only the whites of the falls open, and add in darks, making the areas covered *larger* than needed. Later layers will be able to cover those edges, but it’s better to get the darks in early than try to add them later.

Working from darks, move to dark midtones, middle midtones, light midtones, then lights. The more delicate the jump between them, the more steps of dimension you can build.

Auction ends tomorrow!

Last chance to bid is sneaking up….go see what’s available and add your bid to the site!

Are you interested in gouache?

I’ve had a couple questions about a gouache class, and while I’m NOT ready to teach one yet (I’d want to do a jumpstart class and I’ve still got questions!)….I’d like to start finding out if there’s even interest in that kind of class. Let me know!

Supplies

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  1. Daniel Smith Gouache 
  2. Joybest airtight palette 
  3. Etchr Postcards, Hot Press 
  4. Blick Master Synthetic Round 6 
  5. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8 

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31 Gouache Paintings and what I learned from making them

31 Gouache Paintings and what I learned from making them

After I made 31 gouache paintings in January, I figured I’d let them be a group and achieve something….so after you check out the video, please feel free to pop over to my fine art site and bid on a favorite or two in the charity auction! Tap on the image below to get there.

Tutorial: 31 Gouache Paintings and what I learned from making them

Warning, this is a long one! I seem to have a lot to share lately, huh!?! lol!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

My biggest learnings

  1. Avoid using too much water! That causes lifting. Cheaper brushes don’t hold water so try more of those than the good watercolor brushes.
  2. Mix enough paint the first time. Nearly impossible to match in  2nd mix.
  3. Use colors more inventive than “out of the tube” – I think I may need to make myself a mixing chart to remember all the colors I found that worked well, like Hansa Yellow Deep + Permanent Green Light making a great olive, and figure out which blue made a good purple with Quin Magenta because I’ve already forgotten!
  4. Use bigger brushes and fewer strokes unless you want a 5 hour painting. If I’ll be going plein air sketching, I can’t dawdle like I’ve been!
  5. For the first pass, block in colors everywhere except whites or very lights to avoid lifting and muddiness.
  6. Watch out for green creeping into the orange paint for the shiny cherries! 

Missed some!

The bunny ran away with the sheep when I was shooting, so these two didn’t make it – see the IG post about how to paint sheep HERE, and the bunny HERE. Patrons saw today’s birch forest on my Patreon page….and I did fix those shadows on the snow on the fence!

Got gouache questions?

I’ve already filmed Saturday’s video, but….leave me your gouache questions! I’m new enough I hardly know what to ask, especially since I’m the type not to ask if something works, I just try it myself. LOL. 

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What are Inktense Pencils? (With CCC release)

What are Inktense Pencils? (With CCC release)

You might have wondered just what are Inktense pencils – and you’re not alone!

 

I’m Sandy Allnock, so if we haven’t met – and these bloghops bring in a lot of new folks – so HI! So glad to meet you! I’m an artist who also loves to make cards, and I really really love to help others make art of all kinds. I teach on YouTube, IG, and on my own teaching site (more on that later)

This post contains both art chat (we’ll talk about the pencils and some techniques to make them work better) and craft chat, a new stamp release that you might just love.

Inktense pencils are categorized along with watercolor pencils in a lot of people’s minds, but…they’re a bit different. Even different than what Derwent tells us. (Watch the video to see the craziness happen!)

The giveaway from my blog is over–congrats to Naomi for being randomly selected as a winner!

 CCC Links: Complete Bundle – Save 10% Stamps Only Bundle – Save 5%

Mermaid & Seahorses | Mermaid & Penguins |  Mermaid & Whale |  Seagulls |  Walrus Mini

In the first portion of the video I’ll talk answer the question, what are inktense pencils. After I create the little graphic below (including the seal in inktense blocks!), we’ll jump into the CCC release, with even more technique chatting. Are you ready?

Tutorial: What are Inktense Pencils? (with CCC release!)

The CCC release portion starts at 9:40 if you want to skip to that for a shorter video time. 🙂 You’re welcome!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Look ma, a carousel.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make carousels (sliding photos) in this blog, like, forEVer. I finally did it! Tell me in the comments if you had to tap or swipe through, I’m curious how this works on different devices!

Win this mermaid piece next month!

Join Artventure and share your own creativity, encourage others, and become a tighter community as we all grow together. This mermaid piece will be the prize in the February challenge there….sign up for free if you want a chance to join in the fun!

My full set of cards

In case the above carousel does NOT work for you…here’s that image all in one. With the walrus too. 🙂

That cute walrus

I’ve always had a thing for walruses. Walrii? Something about a chunky fella with funny teeth reminds me of being a chunky youngster badly in need of braces, maybe! But this little walrus has friends. I do too. 🙂 

Crafting classes, anyone?

These bloghops bring in a lot of new folks – and you might not know I have a gajillion (ok exaggeration) coloring classes for you! SO many are perfect for cardmaking. So much so that I created a special CRAFTS page just for cardmakers to give you some suggested places to start!

Check out the brand new craft page HERE, or tap on the picture at the right to see the new Sunrise Sunset class while it’s still on its launch sale.

Go enter!

Remember to enter the CCC giveaways by 1) commenting on this post, and 2) using my links below to make your purchase–you could win one stamp set or the whole release! Here’s the list of blogs participating so go get inspired by their creations too:

Colorado Craft Company

Amy Young 

Bibi Cameron

Daniel West 

Donna Hitz

Erin Thompson 

Jenn Shurkus 

Jennifer Gross 

Jennifer Kotas 

Jessica Frost-Ballas 

Kassi Hulet 

Kelly Taylor 

Michelle Lutz

Nancy Sheads

Sandy Allnock  <–that’s me!

Instagram Inspiration:
Adam Karle
Jasleen Kaur

Laura Inguz 
Traci Jenkins

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Colored Pencil vs Watercolor Pencil: What’s the difference?

Colored Pencil vs Watercolor Pencil: What’s the difference?

I’m usually pretty good at not forgetting when someone gives me a GREAT idea for a video like a comparison of colored pencil vs watercolor pencil. I keep a spreadsheet with a list, and things eventually get checked off.

But….I was working on my website recently, creating new “category” pages. Instead of just having a boring slate of icons, I wanted the pages to be more interesting, more helpful, and more motivational to artists perusing them. When I got to the watercolor pencil category, it struck me that…I’ve not been producing classes in that medium! Combining them with colored pencil would at least help on the website but — it’s time for a new class, dontcha think? Read on, my friend…

 

Tutorial: Colored Pencils vs Watercolor Pencils: What’s the difference?

I wanted was a graphic and short video-explainer on the Pencil page – and that’s where today’s video comes in. It’s in a few parts:

  1. A simple discussion of what makes the two mediums same/different
  2. A simple demonstration of basic techniques drawing the butterfly
  3. A complex demonstration of the two mediums in 2 sunset drawings

So let’s get rolling, shall we?

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

That webpage I worked on

If you’ve not done any web work, the screen you saw at the start of the video is the DIVI platform, which all my sites are built on. I was putting in a header photo that I created, and the text at the top of the page, but cut out of that before I bored everyone to tears. Ha!

The page, https://art-classes.com/pencil, has the drawn graphic on it but with the handwritten text replaced by typed text so it’s more readable. As new artists come to the pages for each medium, I hope to inspire them with learning things right away, helping them choose a class to start with….and the “voice” I used on those pages to describe the classes is much more of “casual me” – no marketing mumbo jumbo! 

If you poke around you’ll find a few other pages have been started but at this point the only one with a video is this one.

Sunrise Sunset demo and class

This Sunrise Sunset class is taught in both colored pencil and watercolor pencil. I don’t have a good assessment of whether there’s less need for WCP classes, or if I just don’t have the students since I had hardly any classes….? Hard to say, chickens and eggs and all. But….we’ll see how the homework goes and which medium I see folks particpating in!

The double speed-painting of the sunset sky is the bonus lesson in class; it’s not a Level 2 drawing by ANY means, but since I filmed it and did like what came out, I decided to include it without voiceover. Just music and some onscreen captions, and slower. If you’d like to see that, then class is the place to be!

Colors for colored pencil vs watercolor pencil

When choosing the colors for class, I picked a set of 11 colors (I tried for 12 but if you don’t need it, you don’t need it, right?). Faber Castell’s Polychromos Colored Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils. That way they’re at least going to be the same colors so we can see the comparison without mixing brands.

These are the colors, in case you have a different brand and want to see if your pencil box has the right ones in it….you might also want to try some Faber Castell and these would be nice colors to have – to save you poking around I have individual links in the free pre-class lesson over at Art-Classes. 🙂

And thus, a new class is born! My apologies to the person who asked SO long ago about this comparison. Thanks to the website work, it’s now a reality and I hope the person is still following me! And I hope some folks will be inspired to give some pencil skies a try! Click on the pic to get to class:

Are you team colored pencil or watercolor pencil?

Okay you can vote for both but I would like to know which is more important for ya! As I’m working on these webpages it’s becoming obvious what the gaps are in classes so the list is getting revamped, and if there are few wcp folks, I’ll keep the focus in other places.

Well except on Saturday. Coz there’s new Anita Jeram coming, and well, I’ll be working with Inktense pencils since I gave a nod to them today without much of an chance for my Inktens pencils to reply 🙂

Sandy

Supplies

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Used in this video:

  1. Stonehenge sketchbook

Fave Erasers:

  1. Kneaded Eraser
  2. Electric Eraser, Mont Marte
  3. Tombow Stick Eraser 

Fave Sharpeners:

  1. Afmat Long Point Pencil Sharpener 
  2. Dahle Chubby Pencil Sharpener
  3. Quietsharp Pencil Sharpener BLICK AMZ 

Colored pencil supplies:

  1. Polychromos Pencils
  2. Polychromos Hex Chart
  3. Stonehenge Drawing Paper: AMZ  BLICK 
  4. Blending stumps and Blending stump sanding block
  5. Gamsol Blending solution or Winsor and Newton Refined Linseed Oil
  6. Jars for solvents
  7. Tea Strainer

Watercolor pencil supplies:

  1. Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor pencil
  2. Arches Cold Press Pad
  3. Artist tape 3/4″
  4. Ampersand Hardbord
  5. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8: BLICK –  AMZ 
  6. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4  BLICK AMZ 
  7. Mottler Flat Wash 30, DaVinci Cosmotop Spin Brush
  8. Tea Strainer

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