Directions for Enlarging a Drawing to Scale

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You have to be very careful when enlarging an existing drawing to scale. Get directions for enlarging a drawing to scale with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Rosalie and I'm an artist, and I'm going to give you directions for enlarging a drawing to scale. I'm going to do a very simple drawing to show you one way that you could enlarge your drawing to scale. And I'm starting with a small drawing, and what I'm drawing is a happy, I'm drawing a circle. And then, I'm just drawing a smile, and two dots for the eyes, just real simple. And I used a thin pen. Now, to scale this drawing up, everything would get bigger, but it would all be in proportion. So, it would be like, you took a copy machine and copied it on a larger, you know, you blew it up. So, it' a simple thing to do, when you're dealing with a circle, because circles are always the same proportion, no matter what size they are. So, I'm using a thicker marker, because the outline will be thicker, when it's scaled up. And I'm making a circle, and I'm making it bigger, o.k. And I'm just going to, just for the sake of showing, I'm going to do like a little crosshairs thing on the original drawing. Which is dividing it into quadrants, and I'm going to also do the same thing to this. This is just guideline, it's not really part of the drawing. But it just helps you to place the things in the right spot. So, you kind of look, and see where, like the eye dot is kind of, you know, where it's situated in that quadrant, in our pizza slice shape. And then, you just do the same, try to do the same thing. And it's bigger and then, the smile starts here, and it comes up like that. So, as you can see, this is a bigger version of this. And that's how you enlarge a drawing to scale.


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