Do you know how to reproduce an image to make a drawing? This drawing exercise is very easy to do with a sheet of tracing paper (or with a sheet of light weight).
Step 1. Choose an image
On a flat work surface, place your photo and secure it with masking tape.
Step 2. Position the tracing paper
Apply a sheet of tracing paper to your photo. Secure it with tape.
Step 3. Take a gray pencil
Take a gray pencil and draw on the layer the different lines that represent the element in your image.
Step 4. Remove the image
When you are done drawing the lines on the layer, remove the image from below the layer.
Step 5. Flip the tracing paper over
Tear off the tracing paper from your working medium, then turn your sheet of tracing paper over.
Step 6. Darken your tracing paper
Using your gray pencil, blacken the entire surface of your layer or to save time, cover all the lines you drew previously.
To properly gray out or blacken your layer, hold your gray pencil so that it is almost horizontal on the tracing paper, then swift movements from left to right so that the pencil lead covers the tracing paper
Step 7. Take a stand for drawing
Select a medium (plain paper, thin cardboard, drawing paper, etc.) so that you can reproduce the design you have transferred.
Step 8. Position your support
Place the drawing sheet, for example, that you have chosen to reproduce the image on a flat workstation. Secure the latter with adhesive tape.
Step 9. Drop the layer onto the sheet
Place the layer with the blackened side in contact with the drawing sheet on the latter. Do this gently so as not to unintentionally darken the leaf. Hold the layer with masking tape.
Step 10. Go over the lines of the layer
With your gray pencil, go over all the lines that you had previously made on the layer.
Step 11. Remove the layer
Once you have finished tracing all the lines on the layer, remove the layer, always gently. You have finished reproducing your image on your drawing sheet.
- Depending on the design you have traced in varying degrees of detail, it can be very quick and easy to blacken out just the useful areas on your sheet of tracing paper.
- Remember to sharpen your gray pencil before starting your work.
- It is important to choose a work surface that is clear, level and strong enough to do this drawing job. You will be able to flatten your drawing sheet and fix it correctly with adhesive tape on your worktop.
- In order to protect your work surface when you blacken the tracing paper, you can place one or more sheets that will protect the surface when working over the layer with the gray pencil.
- Be careful if you are using charcoal or graphite, as they can easily blacken anything that will be in contact.
- If you are new to this exercise, practice. You can start with images that are very simple and take little time to reproduce.
- Pay attention to your clothes! If you have a light shirt, remember to roll up the sleeves before starting your work to avoid darkening the shirt.
- To avoid worrying about your clothes during your breeding job, wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.