Drawing From Photographs

By Cassie, age 7

Because most of the people and many animals you draw will be from photographs, here’s a tip to make it a little easier: change the pictures from color to black and white. By changing your reference picture, you can see everything in the gray scale, which is how you’re final drawing will be. It will be easy to note the different shades of gray, from the very lightest (white) to the darkest (black) and everything in between. This is helpful not only when drawing people, but also when drawing animals and objects as well. Look at the example below:

What’s the easiest way to do this? It’s inexpensive and simple to do with your own digital prints. If you don’t have a program on your computer that will change them, you can change it by using one of the machines at your local store by editing your picture before having it printed. Also, keep your eye out for black and white pictures in magazines that you can practice from. But when you begin to feel more at ease with drawing, be sure to try using color images as well.

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