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Quick and easy grid transfer method for reference images

Published on May 3, 2022
Gridding is a popular method for transferring reference images to your canvas or paper. I don’t typically grid out my paintings, but I will if it’s a complicated composition or a landmark location that needs to be fairly accurate.
    I remember being taught a complicated method of gridding in school that involved a lot of measurements and ratios to figure out, which isn’t really quick and easy for me! I’m not a realist painter, so extreme accuracy or perfectionism isn’t my goal. And I’m terrible at math! If I’m going to paint over the sketch with my base layer anyways - I don’t want to waste a ton of time transferring.
      This video shows the quick method I like to use! Again, it doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to get the basic ideas down to hit the ground running. I find this size grid is more than enough to work from, but you can adjust as needed. I hope this was helpful!


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