Scale Reproduction


What is it?

Scale Reproduction is an artistic skill, used when you want to resize an image, keeping the same proportion. Keeping the same proportion is very important and difficult, so it is usually students’ common mistake. However with the scale reproduction skill, drawing in proportional scales will be easier and more accurate.

Who does it?

Artists, especially sketchers use this scale. It can also be useful for people such as designers or architects, because for those types of occupation, accuracy in drawing is very important, and if the drawing is not in a correct scale, the whole art can be useless.

What images best suited scaled reproduction?

A good image for scaled reproduction should be:

  • An organic item; because their shape is simpler and easier to draw, a non-organic item has more edges and straight lines which are harder. Though if you really need to use a non-organic item, it would be better if it does not have too many lines and edges.
  • A full picture; most of the times artists have to redo their work or find a new picture in the middle of the process, because their picture is not full. Sometimes the top part got cut off, sometimes the bottom did.

How do I do it?

1. Find a good picture for scale reproduction and print it.

2. Draw thick and visible grid lines onto the picture, each box is 1cm x 1cm.


3. Name each column A, B, C, D, and so on.

4. Name each row 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and so on.

*You can ignore the background or the parts that you are not using.

5. On a new piece of paper, roughly sketch a box as big as the space you want your enlarged/resized version of the image to be.

6. Measure how long the box is, and divide it by the number of rows you have.

7. Measure how wide the box is, and divide it by the number of columns you have.

8. Adjust the size of the box a little bit, to make both answers the same. Then, you got the size of the grid of your scaled image.

9. Draw the exact same things you saw on the boxes of the original’s image to the new one. The labels (A1, A2, A3, etc.) will make this process easier.



My Latest Progression of “Her Dark Future”

This was my latest progression on my artwork named “Her Dark Future”. The theme of this artwork is, alcohol is a wrong path that will lead everyone to a dark future. I chose this theme because I think it is very related to myself and my community. My friends and I are teenagers. We are at the age where if we do something wrong, our whole future can be affected. And drinking alcohol is one of the very common mistakes teenagers make, this is why I chose this theme for this art project. In fact, I was actually inspired by some bad issues my friends have been having, that had to do with drugs and alcohol.

The method that I used to communicate this theme was the tone of the painting and the character and setting in the picture. The tone of this picture is very dark and grey, which represents the sad and hopeless feeling. This also fits in with the theme very well, which was alcohol will always lead you to a dark future. The character on the picture was a woman lying down on the bench alone, and the setting was a dark and unsafe city where the only source of light was that tall lamp. This character and setting show what situation an alcoholic girl can end up with. Though the item that I want to stand out the most was the beer bottles, because they represent the reason of the whole problem.


I think what I challenging for me was to use the scale reproduction skill. It was a little complicated for me in the beginning, but then as I understood how the method works, I eventually found it pretty easy. My friends tend to find this skill very difficult, but I happened to do it very quickly and finished it before many of my friends. I also did pretty well at this skill, because I did not make any mistakes on the two images’ proportions. I think this skill is very intelligent. Keeping the same proportion when enlarging an image by hand had always been a trouble for me, because I honestly had no idea such skills existed. But after learning and practicing it for a few times, I found out it is very clever and useful, and I really do think that I will probably be using it more often in the future.

What I did well on the project was choosing the tone of the painting. As you can see, I painted almost everything in a dark and dim tone, and I think I had achieved my goal in representing the sad and hopeless emotion. I think the tone of the painting really supported its theme. What I also did well was the painting techniques. I actually learnt a new technique from this art project, which was to blend the colors together using rough and dry paint brushes. However, an error that I really wish I want to redo, was that I painted the beer bottle before painting the floor. I knew that I had to paint the background first, and I did so for the buildings at the back, but then I forgot to do the same to the floor. This was the mistake I made, which I can improve by being reflective, and always keep this technique in mind.

Overall, I think I have done a pretty good job. I did not complete the artwork yet, but I have done a lot already and I do think that I will be able to do almost everything in class and maybe finish things up a little bit as homework. Though, I think I have managed my time and effort pretty well for this project. Comparing it to my friends’ work, I think I am doing quite well. However, from my observations, each artwork has its own pros and cons, it really depends on what the audience likes. I found most of my friends making very colorful paintings, which is very different from my one. Normally for other projects, I would paint a neat and colorful painting, but this one is very different. It was my intention to make it look rough and dark. This was a difference that makes my artwork stand out amongst my friends’.


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