A little girl praying is not an easy subject to draw. It helps, therefore, to know a drawing technique to apply to get you started The best technique to try out is the drawing grid. This guiding aid helps to break down a photograph of your subject into small manageable sections, so that you can copy what you see more easily.
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Things you need
- Photograph of little girl praying
- Photocopier or digital camera
- Photographic paper (optional)
- A4 transparent plastic sheet
- Black marker pen
- 2 paper clips
- A4 or A3 drawing paper
- No.2 pencil
- Graphite sketching pencils
Take a photograph of your daughter praying or seek permission to take a photograph of another little girl you know. Use an image you already have available, alternatively. Work from a photograph so that you can take your time carrying out your drawing. Don't be tempted to draw a live subject of a little girl praying, as she will not sit still long enough for you to draw her.
Photocopy the photograph to enlarge it to A4 size. Enlarge the image using your photo imaging program if you have taken the photo digitally, and then print it.
Make a transparent grid to help you copy from the photograph. Use a transparent plastic sheet the same size as your photograph. Draw a series of straight horizontal lines across the transparent sheet using a ruler and fine black marker pen, one inch apart. Draw a series of vertical lines across the sheet measuring one inch between the lines to produce a 1-inch squared grid.
Draw another grid onto your A4 or A3 sheet of drawing paper lightly in pencil. Draw the same number of grid squares onto your paper as on your transparent grid. (Double the size of the grid squares if using A3 paper.)
Place your transparent grid over your photograph of your little girl praying. Clip the grid onto the photograph using two paper clips (one at the top and the other at the bottom) to keep the transparency in place.
Observe what you see in one square of the grid. Copy what you see through the transparent grid and start drawing.
Sketch the rough outline shape of the little girl praying first, such as the girl's bowed or raised head, the position of her praying hands and her torso seen in a kneeling position, if applicable.
Fill in the facial details to bring the little girl to life. Use the grid to help you position her features. Try pinpointing the exact position of certain aspects of her features and essentially connecting the dots. For example, place a dot at either side of her eye within the square to denote the eye width and eye-level. Place two more dots at the centre of the eye to represent the eye depth. Sketch a rough eye shape within the confines of these four points.
Complete your line drawing by filling in clothing details, and add the background you see in the photograph within each square of your grid. Erase the grid lines on your drawing using an eraser.
Incorporate shading into your drawing. Use a range of graphite pencils for sketching, so that you can work from dark to lighter pencil shades. Look at your image, and start shading in the darkest areas with your darkest pencil lead. Contrast light and dark tones to build up your drawing to look more three-dimensional, and create a realistic rendering.
Tips and warnings
- Take your time while drawing and don't rush. Draw separate studies of aspects that you are having difficulty with, such as the praying hands and the little girl's face, so that you can practice your drawing technique.
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