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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!
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Step 1: Basic Philosophy or Method

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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.

Step 2: From Image To Portrait

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I found Jessy's Frida to be a captivating subject!  Here, the dividers are shown, an alternative pair of compasses are shown, and a very basic explanation of the method is outlined.

*Frida Kahlo, is Mexican. <3

Creativeman (author)  ponentesincausa1 year ago

Thank you for pointing that out, I stand corrected, and so does the text!

rimar20001 year ago

My wife objected to me to make the grid in her face.

Creativeman (author)  rimar20001 year ago

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!

It was a joke.

Your method is very good.

Wow.. :)

shazni1 year ago

Simply Awsome

Creativeman (author)  shazni1 year ago

Thanks, shazni!

Sara Ash1 year ago
woww this is awsum!!!
Creativeman (author)  Sara Ash1 year ago


Yaaaaaayyyy! This is so fancy. I am so excited. :D

Creativeman (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago

I'm glad you like it, Jessy! Thanks!

dave19861 year ago
those birds are awsome