I talk about measuring in art, especially when it comes to learning how to draw people accurately, but really, if you want to learn how to draw anything you want, measuring is a tool you should use all the time.

I often have students bristle at this word “measuring.” It sounds restrictive, tight.

But it doesn’t have to be a tool that tightens up your work. It can be a tool instead that helps you better trust your marks.

It can even help you begin to move away from your photo reference to make the art you want to make.

In this video I talk about tangents, using lines to measure your proportions, and negative space.

I share how and where outlining will flatten your work.

Lastly, I encourage you to explore media that help you achieve the results you want for your art, rather than being committed to a single medium and feeling limited by its uses.

Now it’s your turn: do you actively use measuring in your art?

Where are my abstract artists at? How do you use or how could you incorporate the idea of measurement into your art?

Tell me more in the comments below.