How to Draw Realistically Using Griding

Have you ever tried to draw something but it didn't look at all like you had hoped? Griding is a great way to break your picture down into smaller shapes to get a precise picture every time!!

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How to Draw Realistically Using Griding
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A few of the supplies you will need

A few of the supplies you will need

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If you can't afford the 132 box set a cheaper 24 pack will do well. Or if you only have crayola  colored pencils that is fine too!! Whatever medium you are most comfortable with!! 😊

If you can't afford the 132 box set a cheaper 24 pack will do well. Or if you only have crayola colored pencils that is fine too!! Whatever medium you are most comfortable with!! 😊

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With prismacolor colored pencils though I love their colorless blenders!!! These are great for getting that polished and smooth effect!! I wouldn't draw without them!!

With prismacolor colored pencils though I love their colorless blenders!!! These are great for getting that polished and smooth effect!! I wouldn't draw without them!!

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This small sharpener is key when working with prismacolor colored pencils! This is the only sharpener I will use on these!! The leads are soft so any rotating sharpener would destroy the lead.

This small sharpener is key when working with prismacolor colored pencils! This is the only sharpener I will use on these!! The leads are soft so any rotating sharpener would destroy the lead.

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I start by taking my picture I am going to draw and draw a small grid on it with pencil. Make sure to do it precisely and dark enough to see. Label the top1-? And the side A-Z or in this case A-🌟

I start by taking my picture I am going to draw and draw a small grid on it with pencil. Make sure to do it precisely and dark enough to see. Label the top1-? And the side A-Z or in this case A-🌟

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Grid your paper with a larger grid, I usually double my grid, so a .5" grid on my picture would me a 1" grid on paper. Label as on your picture. Then take each coordinate and  look at each square.

Grid your paper with a larger grid, I usually double my grid, so a .5" grid on my picture would me a 1" grid on paper. Label as on your picture. Then take each coordinate and look at each square.

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Begin wherever you want taking each square and looking at where the shapes are within that small square.. The more squares you do close together the more a picture emerges.

Begin wherever you want taking each square and looking at where the shapes are within that small square.. The more squares you do close together the more a picture emerges.

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Be careful not to draw too dark as you will be erasing your grid, and drawing over your pencil, Tip: only draw or make a line where it is dark on your picture, no outlining light spots!

Be careful not to draw too dark as you will be erasing your grid, and drawing over your pencil, Tip: only draw or make a line where it is dark on your picture, no outlining light spots!

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It will take a little bit to get the hang of connecting squares but once you see the grid as a tool of measurement things get a lot easier!

It will take a little bit to get the hang of connecting squares but once you see the grid as a tool of measurement things get a lot easier!

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Detail down the right side of the church

Detail down the right side of the church

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Starting front window detail

Starting front window detail

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A little shading with your pencil is fine just not too dark!

A little shading with your pencil is fine just not too dark!

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I darkened the contrast for you to see better

I darkened the contrast for you to see better

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A darker contrast if the left side face of the church being started

A darker contrast if the left side face of the church being started

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Tip: when doing architecture it's ok to take two points and a ruler to draw a straight line.

Tip: when doing architecture it's ok to take two points and a ruler to draw a straight line.

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Working on front arches now

Working on front arches now

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First and second doors drawn

First and second doors drawn

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The rough sketch is complete!!! Now time to erase your grid, I only do this in small sections that I am working on incase I missed something

The rough sketch is complete!!! Now time to erase your grid, I only do this in small sections that I am working on incase I missed something

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Erasing top right corner grid and bottom left grid and started coloring the road

Erasing top right corner grid and bottom left grid and started coloring the road

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Always start out light with your pencils! Apply color in subtle layers to build up rich color and texture

Always start out light with your pencils! Apply color in subtle layers to build up rich color and texture

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Starting the sky

Starting the sky

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The colorless blender works great here

The colorless blender works great here

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Starting the roof

Starting the roof

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Sky is looking well block in those colors!

Sky is looking well block in those colors!

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Almost done!

Almost done!

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Ok you are done blocking in the color, looks a little fake so we will lighten it with our white and erase where we want our clouds

Ok you are done blocking in the color, looks a little fake so we will lighten it with our white and erase where we want our clouds

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Clouds and grass and leaves are all easy to do I mostly scribble and shade and scribble some more!

Clouds and grass and leaves are all easy to do I mostly scribble and shade and scribble some more!

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The cross

The cross

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Starting the gutters

Starting the gutters

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To make great looking clouds lighten the sky around them to make them look real..starting on the front window

To make great looking clouds lighten the sky around them to make them look real..starting on the front window

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Keep a neat and clean area! I love music so I usually have music playing on my computer to help me work ☕ lol coffee!!

Keep a neat and clean area! I love music so I usually have music playing on my computer to help me work ☕ lol coffee!!

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Shading in some more of the road

Shading in some more of the road

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Side arch windows

Side arch windows

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Lightly draw individual green lines to make realistic grass

Lightly draw individual green lines to make realistic grass

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Blocked in bush and added railing and sign

Blocked in bush and added railing and sign

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The shadow on the grass is individual darker green strokes to create a real grass effect

The shadow on the grass is individual darker green strokes to create a real grass effect

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Looking good lets keep it up!

Looking good lets keep it up!

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Coloring and shading of the front stairs

Coloring and shading of the front stairs

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Use your blender to bring out the colors and smooth it all together

Use your blender to bring out the colors and smooth it all together

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Colorless blender on front windows, and starting on the edges of the tree filling in windows on the side

Colorless blender on front windows, and starting on the edges of the tree filling in windows on the side

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Darkened top of arches and added a couple shadows on the church by the tree and added building behind church on the left side

Darkened top of arches and added a couple shadows on the church by the tree and added building behind church on the left side

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Starting lightly on the first door and building blocking in color of the tree start with your lights first and build up the dark tones for texture

Starting lightly on the first door and building blocking in color of the tree start with your lights first and build up the dark tones for texture

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Darkening of the first door

Darkening of the first door

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Starting second door darkening building windows

Starting second door darkening building windows

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You are building up colors nicely not too dark too fast!

You are building up colors nicely not too dark too fast!

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Working on building some more

Working on building some more

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Lights in doorways blocking in more color on tree

Lights in doorways blocking in more color on tree

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Tree is finished now and light on bush is added

Tree is finished now and light on bush is added

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Add darker spots to look like bricks shading front right of the face of the church added shadows on upper roof windows

Add darker spots to look like bricks shading front right of the face of the church added shadows on upper roof windows

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Now it's time to start shading and darkening the front of the church

Now it's time to start shading and darkening the front of the church

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Top peak shading

Top peak shading

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Blend it all together to keep it all fluid

Blend it all together to keep it all fluid

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Darkening shadows

Darkening shadows

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Side complete

Side complete

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Not much more to do next is railings on the stairs

Not much more to do next is railings on the stairs

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Railings complete, darkening and columns by doors being shaded

Railings complete, darkening and columns by doors being shaded

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Unless you have to try not to use black use browns and purples to get colors darker, look at all the colors in the first arch

Unless you have to try not to use black use browns and purples to get colors darker, look at all the colors in the first arch

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Ad more bricks  to top peak

Ad more bricks to top peak

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It's complete!!.......  but wait!!!!

It's complete!!....... but wait!!!!

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Being inside using an incandescent light makes your colors look warmer than they actually are so before you take a picture go to the window and open up the shades! It looks great!!!

Being inside using an incandescent light makes your colors look warmer than they actually are so before you take a picture go to the window and open up the shades! It looks great!!!

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