8 Sketching Techniques for Accurate Proportions

Drawing accurate proportions is one of the most difficult things when it comes to creating realistic art, especially when you're just starting out. When I started drawing cars the proportions were way off, so I started to look for sketching methods and tools that would make it easier to get them right. Here are all the sketching techniques to achieve accurate proportions that I learned since then from watching 100s of YouTube videos, from art class, from studying Industrial Design for a while, and from research.

How to get the proportions right using the grid method

The grid method is a tool you can use to make drawing proportions a lot easier. To use the grid method you draw a grid on the photo you're drawing and replicate that same grid onto your piece of paper. This devides complicated photos or subjects into many comprehensible squares. You can now focus on each square instead of the whole picture which is easier than trying the sketch the whole subject at once. If your subject is very detailed or complicated you can make a denser grid with more squares to make it easier to sketch it accurately. And if you have a relatively easy subject you don't need a grid with many squares.

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