Once I saw this picture of Santa over at Bower Power I knew this was a project for me! I immediately ran over to Lowe's and purchased a 2" x 2" piece of plywood (cheapest I could find!).
Then following the Katie's tutorial I went to work.
First I painted the plywood with some semi-gloss trim paint that I had in Dover White. While it was drying I printed out this photo of Santa.
Then I drew the same grid lines on my piece of plywood. Be sure you measure twice and draw once. Once my lines were drawn I began the process of sketching. Basically, you draw like you were taught in art glass in elementary school. Draw what you see in each box on the pylwood.
Most importantly, don't get frustrated and think it isn't working. Focus on one box at a time. Once you have all the boxes drawn in stand back and look at your work. Then you will see your Santa. At this point it is easier to see where you need to make corrections.
I wanted some color in my family room so I chose to color the drawing in using a red Sharpie. It's really easy, just color in the areas that are shaded dark on the picture.
Once you have finished coloring in your Santa it should look similar to the Santa above. Happy Drawing! Please send me pictures of your completed projects and I will feature them on this page. I'd love to see how your Santa's came out.
Update: Once I had written this post I decided that I needed a Halloween portrait over my fireplace mantel as well. I found a picture of a witch. Then I simply flipped over the painting of Santa, painted the backside orange using craft paint. I drew my grid lines and started sketching. Then I used black craft paint to paint in the witch. Here is what the final product looks like. Now I have two pictures on one canvas!
Not bad for an amature! Now - what to do for Thanksgiving?