How to Transfer Your Sketch to Canvas, Art Paper or Wood

Kendyll Hillegas, Artist & Illustrator

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7 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Transfer Paper

    • 3. Lesson 2: DIY Transfer paper

    • 4. Lesson 3: Lightbox

    • 5. Lesson 4: Window

    • 6. Lesson 5: Grids

    • 7. Class Project & Wrap Up

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About This Class

Many professional artists, myself included, create our sketches on inexpensive paper so that we’re free to make mistakes, erase and change our minds without worrying about making a mess on our wood panels or expensive fine art paper. What this means is that we then have to find a way to transfer the sketch to a fine art substrate like paper, canvas or wood.

Knowing how to transfer your sketches can be really useful for a number of fine art applications, both for painting and drawing:

  1. Moving a sketch created on paper onto a painting substrate like canvas or wood
  2. Taking a messy sketch and making it nice and clean on a new piece of art paper
  3. Re-sizing a sketch to make it larger or smaller

What we’ll cover:

In this short class, we’ll cover 5 different methods for transferring your sketch to a new substrate, including a low-tech approach for re-sizing your sketch (making it bigger or smaller) during the transfer. We’ll also unpack which methods are best for which media or fine art applications, including how to transfer your sketch for delicate applications like watercolor so that the sketch lines disappear when you paint.


What you’ll need:

For this class, you’ll need a sketch to transfer. Some of the methods do require special equipment like a light box, but we’ll also go over very low-tech minimal methods that only need a pencil, paper and tape.

Who should take this class:

If you’ve ever had a sketch that you really liked and wanted to turn into a more finished piece on a different surface this class is for you!