How to Enlarge Photo Image to Canvas Grid Method Free Video Tutorial


Hi. Welcome back to Art Fusion. Today I’m
going to show you how we enlarge an image using the grid method. Now the grid method’s
very simply to do. Um, just a little bit more time consuming than using say a projector.
So I’ll take you through and show you how we’re gonna enlarge the zebra. And you can
use it for any image you like. It’s just the same process. So we’ll get started and we’ll
get our image and we’ll go from there. Now I’ve got my image of the zebra, and what we’re
going to do, we’ve gotta divide this up into a grid. I’m going to just divide this off
in two-centimetre areas. And we’ll do this right along this way, and right up that way.
Now you’ll see that I have marked off every two centimetres this way and this way. Now
I’ve started from the actual picture not where the image has come onto my paper, because
on the canvas, this is gonna be the bottom of my canvas and this is gonna be the side
of my canvas. So we start from this point, and work each way. Once we’ve marked all those
spaces off two centimetres all the way around, right across the top and so forth. We’re gonna
just draw our grid in by just joining those dots up, and once I’ve got the grid drawn
– and that’s just a matter of joining through-from one si-mark to the other, and just draw a
nice and firm line using a pen. That way it stands out easily for you. Especially when
I’m doing this zebra with all of these stripes, we want it to stand out through the stripes.
So I’ll go and put this grid on, then I’ll show you where we go from there. OK, now we
have all the lines drawn on our grid. I’ve evened them out, as I said, in two centimetre
squares, or three-quarters of an inch, you can make them smaller or bigger, whatever
you feel is gonna work for your artwork. Then I’ve number them one across to fourteen, and
alphabet a down to j. So that gives us our reference points on the graph as we’re working.
So once we’ve worked that out, got our grid done, we’re ready to start putting it onto
the canvas itself and enlarging it. So I’ll take you to the canvas and we’ll show you
how to do that. Now we have our canvas. I’ve put my finished white coat on, just the same
as what we’ll be doing if you’re using a projector. So this is my finished coat. We’re gonna put
a pencil line graph over this so, I wanna stress to you, when you’re drawing in lines,
very, very, faint. As light as you can them and still see them because you have to remove
some of them later. And I’ll tell you how to do that. But as I said with the graph,
this is what we’ve done. Now I want the image to start in this corner down here, just like
I’ve told you here, that’s where the image started. So we’re gonna start here and we’ve
gotta work out how far across we have to go. Now if I want the nose of the zebra to finish
about here, well then I put a little mark there and that’s where we’ll work our graph
to. So then we’ve gotta divide that up into the same number of squares as here. We’ve
got fourteen squares, so I’ll measure from there to here. And to make it easier, it’s
the um, one metre 100 or 43 inches, so that’s where I’ll put my mark. Then I use my calculator
and I’ll divide this length up by fourteen. So then that’ll give me how big each square’s
gonna be. So using my calculator, I’ll do one metre 100, or 1100mm divided by 14. Equals
78.5. Well I’ll do it 78. Half a millimetre’s not gonna make a lot of difference. So, I’ll
do 78mm squares. Now simple way of marking it out so you haven’t gotta measure each one
all the way exact. Just get yourself a piece of timber, or anything you’ve got. And I’ve
just marked out 78mm, 78mm, 78mm, and 78mm. So I’ll do four at a time. So we’ve just gotta
then mark them on that canvas. And you can see how much easier that is. I’ve just done
four. Then we can start again. Saves you just measuring each one out all the time. And we’ll
go right along to the end. And then we do the same up this way. Exactly the same. And
the same up this end. Working from the bottom up, all the time. And then when we’re going
across the top here again, we’ll just work from this side all the time. You don’t work
from the opposite end or else you’ll have lines running on an angle. So everything’s
gotta be squared. Everything starts from this corner. So then I’ll mark all the way along
here and then I’ll draw the lines. And when we’ve got all of our marks on working each
way. You’re always going to have a little bit left over on the back end and a little
bit left over at the top, not the full 78mm. That’s OK. We’re not gonna be drawing in that
area through there. That’s the leftover areas around here. So as long as everything is even-spaced
in the centre here where your image is going to go, everything will be OK. Once we’ve got
those marks there, then get yourself a straight edge – I’m just using a piece of timber, so
as long as I can go right across. Then you just start drawing your lines in. And as I
said, I’m drawing these heavy, I want you to do it very lightly. Because the heavier
you do it, the harder they’re gonna be to move later. So, nice and lightly. And I’m
doing them nice and heavy so you can see them in the camera. And all we do is obviously
put all your lines on, joining up your marks, until we’ve got the grid. OK now here you
can see we now have a grid the same as what we’ve got on our paper here. Now because we’ve
started our image here, which is the mark I had on here, you’re always gonna have an
extra square, and maybe an extra square left over at the top, because you’ve brought the
image down into this smaller part of your canvas. So don’t worry about that. The way
you fit it in its right position is when you mark your numbers, start from this corner
with everything. So I’ve started counting 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, so on back to 1, and that’s
the last square. Same with this one. J starts down here, up to A. Just like I’ve put on
this side over here. So if everything works the right way there, that’s where your image
will be. Right in here. Just like on this an-image we’ve got here. So we’ll just transpose
that grid onto the canvas in the larger format. And that’s gonna give us our larger image.
So once we’ve done that, we’ll start drawing it onto the canvas. And then I’ll show you
how we’ll do that. Now this is where the fun bit begins, it’s also quite time consuming,
so it does take quite a while, so be very patient when you’re doing this. Um, there’s
no quick or easy way. So especially with the zebra, we’ve got a lot of stripes, so there’s
a lot of detail to put on here, so that’s why I say if you can get a projector, it’s
really quick and easy. But you can still do it by doing it this way, and just take your
time. Now to put this image onto the canvas, all we have to do is our first line is gonna
be here. So we just count up to, we’ve got in the E square here and in the 14 square,
that’s where we’re starting off. So I’m on my E square here, and I’m about a third of
the way out, going by the drawing. So I’ve put my little mark a third of the way up.
And we run through on a reasonably straight line. So all we’re doing is running our lines
through there. Then we go to the next square, and the line runs really just raises up a
little bit, so come through and just raise up a little bit, not much at all. Then you
go to the next line and you can see we’re running up to about half-way. So you just
come through up to about half-way. And then just keep looking and checking you’re in the
right spot. I’m still on number 12. There is that last one, so we’re going to 11. And
11 is coming up that little bit more. So we just come up a little bit more on 11. Then
we look at 10. And we see that 10 comes through and, at about this point here, we start to
curve up and we cut through just here. So just about there. So we’re gonna come through
here, and we’re gonna turn that up to there like that. Then we go to our next squares.
And double-check again we’re on 10 for that one there. And in 10, through across, up into
D. We’re doing up nearly to half-way. So we come up there like…like so. And we just
keep working all the way around. That curves up a bit. And we have a little bit of a rise.
Like so, for the ear. And then we continue through to about this level on the square.
And the next one comes through and down. So once we get to that point there, we’re coming
down and curving it around, until we get to about here. So we’ve gotta come down to about
this point here. This is where a little bit of drawing skill comes in. You’ve gotta start
looking at that and saying: ‘Right. That comes to about there. And we’ve just gotta come
down a little bit. We’re gonna finish about here’. So that will run through to there.
And this one just curls around up there. And once we’ve reached that point we’re here,
we’ll go across over to this square here. About there. Now we’re gonna come down to
here, and you would finish off, with a curve like so. Now there’s the outline of the zebra.
You’ll always do the outline of the image first. And then any detail obviously gets
filled in from there. So I’ll start filling in some of the detail. I’m not gonna show
you the whole thing, cause I’ll be here for hours. So I’ll just show you where we start,
and how we just go through and get all those lines on. And as I said, the zebra is a fairly
time-consuming image to create. So I’m up to the G here. This first one I’m gonna run
through. Now these stripes don’t have to be perfect, cause so few zebras are the same.
And you’ll see when I’m painting the zebra, I tell you the same thing. As long as you
got them fairly close to what they looked like on here, they’ll come out fine. On the
face, one the face you have to be a little bit more detailed. But on these main stripes,
it really doesn’t matter. So I’ve got my first one on. Back up to G again here. Next one’s
gonna run through. Comes through down to the-this line here. And then we just come in and out
again. Back down to this point here. Follow this line all the way down, and cut across
there. And run it up through here. And around and back into there. You just keep going down.
As I say, the stripes are fairly confusing, so you’ve just gotta really watch what you’re
doing. And the more you do this, the more you’ll get used to it. And you start to realise
that it’s not that hard, it’s just time consuming. Sometimes it’s a good idea to mark your black
areas, because you’re paint over them anyhow. So this one’s black, so I’ll put a cross in
it. This one’s cross, I’ll put a cross in it. Just helps you remember where you’re going.
Because it can get confusing. So here we are now after a lot of time, and a lot of careful
lines going on. We have your zebra with all your lines on. Now what I’ve also done, is
where the black is, I’ve put little squiggly lines, just so I know what part is black.
So when you’ve got it to that stage, that’s when you can start painting. Now when you’re
gonna paint, I would always start on your thick lines first, just like I showed you
on the video. But I’ll show you what to do on those lines that are on there that you
don’t need there when you’re finished. Now, to remove all your pencil marks. This is a
very important stage. Once you’ve got all the black on the zebra, and you’ve finished
with all the black. Get a soft pencil rubber, and just rub it out all of the lines on the
white areas. And also all of the lines in here on the zebra body. So anywhere there’s
a line that’s gotta come off. Now once you’ve rubbed it off, if it’s not gone completely,
you still see it faintly, using the white paint you used for your background, you’re
gonna have to go over and just paint over those areas, giving it a nice gentle coat
right across. And also in all these white areas here. Wherever there’s a pencil mark
they’ve gotta disappear. So there’s a bit more work than using your projector, because
projector you don’t have those there in the first place. So you’ve just gotta go over
and get all of those off. Then you’ve gotta let that white paint dry completely. So you
have to leave it and come back. Once it’s dry completely, then you can do your shading,
just like I showed you on the video. So that’s how you get all those pencil marks off. And
as I said, it’s a little bit more work involved, but you get a great result in the end. Well
I hope that’s helped you with the grid method. As you can see, you can enlarge any image.
It doesn’t matter what shape it is. You can enlarge it using the grid method just like
I showed you. You don’t have to have drawing experience. You just have to take your time.
And be very careful and follow that grid and make sure that you’re filling it in the right
areas and the right squares. Step back and have a look at it as you’re going and you’ll
get to see whether you are going in the right direction. So I’ve shown you two different
ways of enlarging an image onto a canvas. The grid method and the projector. So if you
need to know anymore information on the grid method, on the internet you’ll find all different
tutorials showing you how to do the grid method as well. But I hope this one that I’ve just
shown you really helps you, and you can create your own zebra like this. So until next time,
happy painting.

25 Replies to “How to Enlarge Photo Image to Canvas Grid Method Free Video Tutorial

  1. This is one of the best and most thoughtful tutorials on how to do the Grid Method. Thank you very much for the work you put into it. I learned a lot from it. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and may God bless you in the coming New Year. πŸ™‚

  2. thank you for the free teaching. My Father did it this way, and I have a painting I wanna do with egg tempera. I'll be checking out other tutorials as well. Cheers

  3. maybe you can help me. I have an image printed on standard printing paper. the original specs are 8.5×11" but there is a small margin of space. my drawing paper is 7×10 but of course I want to leave a margin of space just like the photo. how do I measure both out? on my reference photo I have 1/2 inch squares and it gives me 21 squares tall because it's a portrait and 16 squares wide. now on my drawing paper I was told to do 3/8 inch squares but that gives me 25 squares tall and 17 squares wide. I'm so lost I just want to do this right.

  4. I haven't had the patience for doing the grid method since the day I learned it in high school. It's all freehand for me but the grid method will easily turn anyone into an pro-drawer instantly!!

  5. Thanks so much. I was struggling on scaling up a small image today and was close, but after watching this – found I would have been off a bit. Very helpful in determining the number of squares required on the larger canvas. Now I'm off to draw πŸ™‚

  6. this video is so helpful thaaaaank you very much πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

  7. Its easier when u can print your image.. i have an app call artist Grid and i grid my image but its tricky cause idk how to measure my phone grid and put it on my 9×12 peace of paper

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