Painting Dog’s eyes in watercolor by SWS Signature Member, Sherry Daerr
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Sketch Book Tip by Walt Davis
Since I most often paint on quarter sheets when working plein air, I do preliminary drawings and value planning in a 7 X 10 inch sketch book with at least 90 lb (147 g) paper (since I do value planning with Payne’s gray watercolor).
Prior to going out to paint I make a template from a piece of scrap mat board cut to 6 X 8 3/16 inches, the same proportions of a quarter sheet or full sheet of watercolor paper. I then draw a grid on the template dividing it into sixteen equal rectangles (four up and four across). Before starting a sketch, I place the template on the sketchbook page, draw around the perimeter and make tic marks where the grid lines intersect the perimeter. Using these tic marks I quickly replicate the grid on my sketchbook. Any design drawn within the perimeter thus established will fit nicely onto a quarter sheet or full sheet of paper.
When I am ready to transfer sketch to paper, I use a watercolor pencil to lightly draw a horizontal line across the middle of the watercolor paper and another up the middle vertically. Placing additional lines through the middles of the rectangles thus formed I replicate on watercolor paper the same proportional grid I have on my preliminary sketch. Transferring sketch to paper is then a simple matter of gridding-up. No more struggling to fit a square sketch onto a rectangular piece of watercolor paper and all the frustration and disappointment that can cause.
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