**Grid Approach Step-By-Step**
__Preparation__
- The goal is to divide your photo and drawing paper into the same amount of rows and columns (grids with the same amount of squares).
- So first, get a workable printout of your photo, the real photo, and paper.
- Measure your workable photo so you can either draw on paper of the same size or a proportionately larger size (use a calculator to figure out larger size dimensions of your paper).

*(*__Example__: If your workable photo is **8 x 10**, you want to work with a proportionate size for your paper, such as the same size or a larger, proportionate size like **16 x 20**.)

- Get a piece of paper big enough for your desired size.

*(*__Example__: if you want larger with the **16 x 20** paper, buy 18 x 24 paper and use a ruler to make boundary lines indicating your workspace)

- Find a number of inches you can use for the photo and another for the paper that will produce the same number of rows and columns.

*(*__Example__: Based on the example dimensions, **1 inch** will give you an 8 x 10 grid for an 8 x 10 size, and **2 inches** will give you an 8 x 10 grid for a 16 x 20 size.)

- The more squares, the less chance you'll mess up.

__Photo__
- Have a workable copy of your photo.
- Use a ruler to make horizontal and vertical lines on it to make a grid using your desired length for each row/column (ex: 0.5 inches, or whatever you chose).
- Number each row at the top of the paper
- Start another series of numbers for each column on the left or right side of the paper.
- The numbers are there so that you can easily locate a corresponding square between your paper and workable photo.

Look at those sexy grid lines! Unlike this person, though, it would be numbered at the top and on a side.

__Paper__
- Make a grid that has the same amount of rows and colums as your photo. (Recall the math you made earlier)
- Number your rows and columns in the same way you did your photo.
- Make your lines and numbers with
**light pressure** so you can erase them later.

Unlike this person, make your lines

*straight*. Also, in this case, your paper would be numbered at the top and a side, and the paper will probably be larger.

__Drawing__
- When you start your initial sketch, work within each corresponding square or set of squares, always trying to draw accurate to the reference square.
- By the time you finish the sketch, your outlines will be proportionate to the photo.
- Apply the same approach for the following stages until you don't need the lines anymore (just erase them) when approaching completion. Once you stop using the grid, you can refer to your real photo that has no lines on it.

End result example. She may not have much skill with shading, coloring, and other things, but her proportions are very close to the photo. Why? Because she used the grid approach.