Goldie the Goldfish

Outlining a drawing space is a very precise, analytical task. You may find it difficult at first, but it is well worth the effort. As you improve your abilities to see (and calculate) space as an artist, you may find that you are able to simply imagine the drawing space and don’t need to draw an outline at all.

Use a drawing space that’s proportionately the same as your reference image so that your drawing is likely to end up proportionately correct.

Plan out your drawing space before you begin to draw, whether it’s the perimeter of your paper or a pencil outline drawn on your paper. Establishing the boundaries of a drawing space helps you render accurate proportions.

This lesson is free until June 29.


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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