Blocking Out a Drawing of a Small Complex Object

Drawing objects such as dragonflies or little beach crabs requires precise preparations. This should take some time. Careful blocking prevents all kinds of trouble down the road. There is nothing worse than drawing for hours, only to find your wings aren’t symmetrical, or your crab legs are too long or too short. What I am saying is it’s better to spend two hours blocking something out correctly than to have to erase five hours of drawing.

Firstly, decide how large you want your drawing to be. Let’s say you want to fill a piece of paper which is 10” x 10”. Measure the length and width of your object – I will use a dragonfly as an example. A dragonfly measuring 2” x 1.75” could be drawn four times its size to fit comfortably on the paper. That would make the drawing of the dragonfly 8” x 7”.  Start measuring, and multiplying those measurements by four, where the wings are on the body, the widths of each wing, the length of body segments, etc.With your HB pencil, make marks on the paper to note the enlarged length and width of the dragonfly.

A – length,  B – width,  C – bottom of head, D – top of wings, E – bottom of top wings,  F – bottom of abdomen,  G – Bottom of wings

Now you can lightly draw in the outline of your subject, taking care to continue measuring it’s various parts for accuracy. Make sure to look at your subject as you are drawing it. I can’t stress this enough! Not only should you examine the parts of the subject, but really look at how they relate to each other and the spaces between the parts. Once you have finished blocking you can begin your drawing confident that it is proportionally correct and you can then concentrate on the fun part of drawing.

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~ by amyheggieart on April 25, 2012.

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