Explore new territory with your artwork by painting big! I created my own technique to do this by and was able to adjust the size of the painting however big I wanted. Of course, I always had my eye on the 'projector' you could buy in the art stores, but that seemed too restrictive for me. The cost was too much if it meant it would just be used for art projects. So I settled on buying a projector I could use for other purposes. The LCD projector is small. You can use it use it for watching movies on the big screen or even big gaming for the kids. It hooks up to VCR's, DVD players and computers. To begin here is Step one: set up your painting or drawing area and get comfortable with art tools you need within your reach. Step two : display the image file in a photo editing program. Step three: hook up the LCD projector to the computer. Shut the lights and see how It projects what's on the computer screen, onto a wall or canvas. By moving the projector back, fourth, focus in or focus out, you create whatever size image you want. )
Laptop and projector setup.
Using a laptop is ideal for this enlarging technique. It lets you be mobile. Below is a link to find this or other quality projectors on Amazon. By purchasing on Amazon, You will be able to read reviews and make the right choice for you. Step four: Time to start your art project, what are you waiting for?!
Set up a painting or drawing area that is comfortable. Have art materials within easy reach.
Important tips to follow: You will need to have a photo editing program in place for this art technique to work. PhotoScape is a great program to download and its free. Load the image file you want to enlarge into your editing program. Once the lights are dim this is where it gets tricky. You will will not have too much lighting to paint by. Move the projector where you need it and use the focus dial at the lens. This is similar to using an overhead projector in the classroom. Just experiment at this point with the equipment until you are at a point where everything is in place and comfortable for you to start painting. Final thought: Once everything is set in its place, nothing can be moved or altered, or you will mess up your painting or drawing and it will be out of line. Try to complete the art in one session. You may be intimated by this, but just think - you will complete the art and you will feel such an accomplishment, I promise!
Below is a black and white painting of Dracula I created using this projector technique. In part two of this post I will reveal my technique that uncovers where I got this image. I show you how you can find thousands of similar images for you to paint as well. I hope you have found this post helpful, leave a comment or suggestion is you have yourself used this art technique.
Dracula acrylic black and white framed painting by S. Pimental copyright 2013.