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Need more room?

There are times when we are drawing a cartoon for a new stained glass window and a realization hits you smack in the face that you need more room. We have the luxury in the studio of taking the drawing to another table, but sometimes those tables are full of projects or the drawing is just big enough that we still need more space. So, were do we go? Well, we take our drawings to the wall. Yep, that’s right the wall.Wall drawing

There are a couple of great things about drawing on the wall. First is the surface area you have to work with is MUCH bigger than your little table. Think about it for a moment? Most walls are eight to ten feet tall and as long as the room; for us that is well over 30 feet. Second thing about using the wall and probably my favorite thing is that as you draw the cartoon you can step back every now and then to get a better perspective of how an item will look in your window. More than a few times I’ve drawn something and up close it looks great and then I’ve take that step back and realized the item is too big, too small or for that matter just doesn’t fit at all in the design of the window. And as I get older the other wonderful thing about drawing on the wall is that my head does not have to be bent over straining the back of my neck, you’re just looking forward.Wall drawing 3

So next time your drawing your cartoon whether its large or small try this and see how you like it. You wont be disappointed.

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