Printing Reference Image/Make Grid: When creating a commission drawing, sometimes I print out the original. When printing, I print in draft mode to avoid using a lot of ink. As most people know, Ink is very expensive! Then I make a grid on the printed image to get the right proportions.
View Reference on Digital Screen: I also use my iPad or Laptop to view the detailed image for reference because the print out is often faded and does not show much detail. Looking at a computer or digital screen helps point out all the dark and light areas as well as the tiny details lost with most standard printers.
Turn Reference Image Black/White: Also, when working in graphite or charcoal, I turn the printed and digital screen reference image black and white (if it is color) so that I can see the values a lot better. It is harder to draw in graphite/charcoal from a color image. Of course, it can be done, but why make it hard on yourself 😛
*Remember, draw what you see not what you think you see. Learning to ignore what your mind tells you you’re seeing and just see things as they are. I will be going more in-depth to this later on…. stay tuned!