Using tracing paper

Project Description

What type of piece is this? Drawing Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I used Swrathmore Tracing paper, 9"x12" smooth surface. Graphite pencils B, HB, H, 2H, 4H, erasers, shading stick, a fan brush and an Albertian Veil on tracing paper were used. This was a process over much time. First the eye line did not seem correct. I noted the 3/8th inch of the veil material seemed to make a wider line than a piece of thinner material. After much testing and retesting, I felt that I had to have a smaller foreground. The time between the original and traced drawing left me uncertain as to where I actually was when doing the original drawing I presumed. Then the tracing paper was difficult to see through so I used various methods to correct that; none worked very well. Thus, I got a new brand and after using it on the drawing I removed it and finished the scene. I must have done several attempts until it appeared corrected to me. Is the piece for sale? No What are you most proud of? Not quitting. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Check the veil material. At the art store I felt I had clear material, but not so. Also, test the tracing paper to be sure you can see through it. I tried to simulate a light box with the sketch book but it was not working for me. I found it more difficult to draw not the tracing paper than on the sketch book. If I had used more dark lines it might have been easier, yet I didn't want dark lines.

What you will need

  • Graphite

Q&A with jamread1662549

Patrick Connors asked:
Hello jamread, Thank you for the image of the Albertian Veil on tracing paper and your drawing. Also thank you for the reference image and the detailed information on material, process, and insights. For you and others that may have difficulty seeing the drawing through tracing paper a light box is most useful. If you do not have a light box use a window during the day for which the sun is not strongly shining. You may need to mask around the drawing so that you can see it properly. Looking at your spatial analysis, I agree with you and think that the foreground would benefit with a lower eye-level line [in your words: smaller foreground] would enhance not only the spatial structure but the composition as well. Your steadfastness in getting the A. V, to work for you is commendable. You took a very good drawing with a solid spatial structure, analyzed and assessed it and discovered what could be better. Well done! I look forward to the posting of your next drawing.
jamread1662549 answered:
Your remarks were so appreciated; since I was hoping I got this completed well. I found your suggestions were very helpful. I could have used the tracing paper as you suggested, however, I didn't want to tear that page out of my book. Silly, isn't it? Although, I do think a light box would have worked if I had one. Thank you for the kind words and guidance!