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The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets by Carrie Stuart Park

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Measuring for Realism

STEP-BY-STEP DEMONSTRATION

Any object in front of you is measurable. Most people have been taught to measure an object by comparing it to something they know. Traditionally, you may compare something to a specific measurement, such as a ruler. There is an expression “bigger than a bread box”—though most young people today have never seen a bread box. This is a comparison. Everything in front of you can be compared. An object is either the same size as, larger than or smaller than something else.

Bigger Than a Bread Box

Using a map as an example, you check the distance from one point to the next by comparing it to the map scale. You don’t use the scale to measure another map or the length of a baseball field—only the ...

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