Tracing to art paper

I have done some art tutorials with ArtTutor.com and they are now live via my website. Look at the page on tutorials and follow the links to download the E-book showing you how to paint a Crab apple picture with coloured pencils. You can also link into one of the tutorials as a taster.

I have had some very positive feedback and essentially this blog is in response to one of these which asked how I transferred my image onto the final art paper.

An image can be transferred in so many ways depending upon how refined you need the transfer to be. The more you rub out on your art paper, the more you damage it’s surface no matter how careful you are. You can use tracing paper, a light-box, your window as a light box, or this way:

I compose a picture using various thumbnails. This leads to a general rough design which forms the basis of the final line drawing.

This is part of the line drawing of the picture I am in the process of doing now:

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I trace the line drawing onto tracing paper, using a 0.3 clutch pencil.

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I turn the tracing paper over and draw the line again on the reverse side, being very careful to trace accurately.

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I then place the traced image right side up, on my art paper ( normally Fabriano HP) and, using a Decoupage tool, I rub across the lines. This transfers the graphite from the back side of the tracing paper to the art paper.

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The image left on the paper can then easily be lightened with a putty rubber, without leaving any indentations on the paper.

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I hope this helps those who wonder how best to transfer an image without damaging the art paper or leaving any indentations to get in the way.

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