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In Sketchbook Pro 2010 Essential Training, David Lee shows how to use Sketchbook Pro's powerful tools and unique marking menu interface to make digital drawing and painting a natural experience. This course covers setting application preferences, selecting brushes, picking colors, choosing the right drawing tools for each project, and working with pen tablet and pen display devices. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this lesson, I'll show you how to use SketchBook Pro's drawing tools to create drawing grids. Grids will help to create visual harmony in your compositions. To begin, let's open the UsefulGrids.tif file. Let's move our cursor to the top of the main menu, click File > Open, and click on UsefulGrids. Now, if your Layers are not in front of you, go ahead and go to the interface lagoon, select tools to the layer icon and lift up. There we go. There are four layers locked. And as I unlock each layer, they will demonstrate in support how you can use elements of a drawing to create visual harmony.
As I open the first layer, you see a grid. Let me just move my Layer Editor aside, and what you see is I've gone ahead and created the absolute center of my composition and from that I subdivided the page into quarters, into eighths, and even more. And even within some of the grids, I've gone ahead and grid that out to create smaller divisions. And wherever these intersections appear such as here in this corner, maybe in the center, even somewhere over here on the side. We'll go ahead and go to the second layer and reveal some of those intersections.
These sections are called focal points. What are focal points? They're basically the areas that create the most natural visual harmony in your composition. Now, what I'm going to do here is I'm going to go back to some of these layers and I'm going to reduce the opacity so you can barely see them, but they're still going to be there. I'm going to go ahead and reduce the contrast on the grid, and what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and bring in some objects at full opacity. Here they are. And you can see how they're positioned on the grid. They can be in different sizes, they can be in different positions, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and grab my Lasso Select tool from the user interface lagoon and select an object and you see it still works.
If I grow them in size and position them or if I reduce them in size and position them again. We can also add more to the composition to see how they are used. So wherever there is an intersection, this creates visual harmony. In closing, sketching with the grid in SketchBook Pro may seem a bit over the top, but it's a good formula for successful drawings that communicate.
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