I have been drawing for a long time and the struggle has always been to capture a likeness. While true art may call for total free hand drawing, most artists, and me included from time to time, need a way to aid the drawing process and help in rendering subjects. The grid method has been used forever but I I found it to be too tedious and unwieldy. A year or so ago I started using dividers in my sessions and find it to be extremely helpful, hence this instructable.  Basically, all we need are the dividers, pencils eraser, straightedge. cleaning brush and some time. Let's get started!

Step 1: Basic Philosophy or Method

Basically what I do when I start my drawing is to decide on the position on the paper I want my drawing to end up, then make two lines on the subject's likeness and two exact lines on my substrate or paper. For the demonstration subject, I chose a photo of Jessyratfink, who had posted an instructable of herself made up to resemble Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist. Thanks go to Jessy for allowing me to use her portrait!
     After positioning is done, drawing can begin. I start in the center of the face and work outwardly simply as a matter of choice. It all amounts to using the divider to take a distance on the subject, spreading the dividers to the dimension of that distance, then moving the divider to your paper and marking off the points.
Or more like im not sure if this works for smaller projects when I'm looking at something much larger for an idea or something. But thanks I am going to really try this out.
<p>Thanks for your comments: this will work with any size drawing large or small. To enlarge or reduce images you want to draw, a proportional divider is used. It is like the regular divider but is adjustable.......you can scale up or down using basically the same techniques depicted here. Any problems let me know.</p>
This might be too late for you to see since I'm over a year late, but I really struggle with this and I'm trying to teach myself. The thing right now is having the idea and making it smaller size t
Thanks a bunch for this!! Like you I have been drawing for a LONG time. But have always had difficulty with realistic people. This has helped significantly!! Thanks again!! Love your instructables
<p>*Frida Kahlo, is Mexican. &lt;3</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo</a></p>
<p>Thank you for pointing that out, I stand corrected, and so does the text!</p>
<p>My wife objected to me to make the grid in her face.</p>
<p>Now you don't have to make a grid, rimar! When I used grids, I would make a grid on a clear piece of plastic, like that which comes with notebook dividers, packaging material, etc. Taped to your drawing, it won't move, but you don't have to mark your original!</p>
It was a joke.<br><br>Your method is very good.
<p>Wow.. :)</p>
<p>Simply Awsome</p>
<p>Thanks, shazni!</p>
woww this is awsum!!!
<p>Yaaaaaayyyy! This is so fancy. I am so excited. :D</p>
<p>I'm glad you like it, Jessy! Thanks!</p>
those birds are awsome

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Bio: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.
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