To create a composition that will adapt to the 48″ x 60″ canvas I used a Proportional Scale to calculate a reduction that would fit my tracing paper. My Sandhill Crane tracings were various sizes, some too large and others too small to realistically portray the birds at the same distance, so I used the enlargement or reduction calculator on my copier to size the drawings. The copier would jam if I tried to use tracing paper, but I found if I manually fed two pages as one it worked! As I designed, certain images became favorites and I worked to find a way to utilize each of them in the final layout.
The drawing in the above photo is one that I later discarded. The composition stage is one that many beginning artists fail to comprehend, and often just copy a photo. I ask, if you just copy a photo, why paint?
Gail Niebrugge, wildlife artist