How to Transfer Your Sketch to Canvas – Justin Hillgrove – Imps and Monsters

Hi! I’m Justin Hillgrove of Imps and
Monsters, and today we’re going to be transferring a drawing onto canvas so
that we can get ready to start a painting. So all of my paintings start with a
sketch, and so today I’m going to start a new painting based on the sketch
of this little tree guy. I’ve decided I’m going to work pretty small for this, so
I’m going to work on a 6 inch by 12 inch canvas and in order to make that
sketch work with this, rather than just redraw it in pencil straight on the
canvas, I’ve already spent the time making the sketch so I’ve just gone and
resized the sketch in Photoshop and printed it out in black and white to
dimensions that are going to work well with this canvas. All right, so I have my
sketch. I’m going to just kind of place it onto my onto my canvas where I want
it, and I’ll just use a piece of, right now, I’m just using a piece of artist
tape. It’s like expensive masking tape that’s just acid-free. If I had masking
tape, I’d probably just use that and I’m going to use a piece of graphite
transfer paper and slip it under here being sure that I’m putting the right
side down because otherwise you’ll spend a lot of time just tracing for nothing
and I’m going to use a ballpoint pen to go over my drawing for a couple of
reasons, one so I can actually see where my drawing is are where I’m tracing and
also because the ballpoint pen lets me trace nice and a nice and firm, nice and
hard for a good transfer. So I finished tracing my drawing and I’m
going to go ahead and just pull it off of there and see if it worked out.
Realistically while you’re working on it you should check it a little after you
start to make sure it worked, but that looks great, and in another video we’ll go
ahead and move on to the next step and start getting this canvas ready to
actually paint. Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed the video. If you’d like to see more of these, then go ahead and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and
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  • Bea Kesch

    I'm abaout to paint an acrylic of Eduardo, the monster of Foster House for Imaginary Friends, so I'm really really really really looking forward to see the next viedo 😀
    I love all of Justin Hillgrove paintings, especially the once with characters from Studio Ghibli

  • p0is0nshr00ms

    is there a particular brand of the graphite paper that you use?

  • Lasting Impression Art

    Loew Cornell makes a fantastic graphite transfer paper. It is smudge proof and will not bleed through paint.

  • Lasting Impression Art

    The next video will be up on Friday!

    Eduardo has always been my favorite Imaginary Friend.

    Thanks for your support!


  • Edgar Martinez

    nice, ill try this sometime. as of now i've always hand draw my paper sketches on to canvases :p

  • Christie Trout

    Subbed, keep the vids coming!

  • FMNelly

    subbed. great video tutorials. I'm new to painting and these are extremely helpful.

  • Carmen Santaella

    love! thanks!

  • crystalrobot01

    Great technique. This is exactly what I was searching !! Thank you for posting !!!

  • Tabby Gray

    Thx I have a cool drawling that I dk how to re drawl so I will try that.

  • Connie Harris

    So glad I kept searching for how to do this.  Thank you.

  • Lizzie McCroskey

    Would this work for transferring a sketch on to a blank playmat? It's the same kind of material a mousepad is made of.

  • MsJaniri

    Hi there,
    I am unable to open the link provided above for the supplies you have used. I keep getting a message that reads "server internal error" is there any other way I can review the supplies you have used for this painting?

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  • KK CW

    Excellent tip!

  • OrbitalAngel Nebula

    Oh wow thank you so much I hate drawing on canvas!!

  • damiean

    THANK YOU thought i was going to have to use tracing paper…

  • Kirk Lazarus

    Thanks Justin
    What brand transfer paper do you use?

  • Jade Conway

    Thank you!

  • Liz Cole

    Thank you!! So helpful. And your work is really fantastic.

  • Bonnie Shapiro

    How do you enlarge the actual drawing in photo shop. I'm not sure of the actual process of enlarging a drawing. Thanks

  • Bonnie Shapiro

    Are you enlarging a drawing you created in photo shop. If you hand draw a drawing can you do any enlarging with photo shop. I'm assuming you cannot. That you have to enlarge with a copier.

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  • Rita Gumper

    Super helpful. Quick and to the point. Very mellow and calming voice that is easy to listen to, and easy to follow instructions from. Thank you 🙂

  • Gertruda Anna Catharina Willis

    Thank you so much!

  • Regally Regina

    this saved a life

  • Hayley Papuschuk

    Ahhhhh! I have been going about this all wrong and for so long now, thank you for this!

  • Ellie Merc

    I love that drawing, so adorably cute! You have an amazing imagination! (Feb. 22/16).

  • Prismatic Pearls

    Brilliant! I would have never thought of this!

  • Syuhada Roslin

    Omg thank you so much! i have seen many artist do the transfer sketch thingy and been wondering about how they actually do it. Thanks a lot!

  • Rachel May

    How did I not think of this? Thank you!

  • Da Sardine

    Thank you sooo much! I've been looking for a video like this and this is exactly what I needed!

  • BooksnVintage `

    would this work on an acrylic painting that has already dried if I wanted to add to it later?

  • lubko

    thanks mate

  • Jawawatatata Jojojo

    Can this work with transferring from tracing paper to canvas?

  • Pug Muffin

    Thank you very much for this!

  • Jameka Cox

    where do you get transfer paper from

  • Serenity Jewel

    That's how I do it also. Why do some artists cover the back of their drawing with charcoal and transfer it that way? Is that a more archival way of doing it or do they just not know about transfer paper?

  • Abdallah Ayman

    What is this black paper

  • TinaDitte

    Omg brilliant! Thank you!

  • elButt

    can I use the same piece of graphite paper a second or third time? ;;

  • Adina Mitrea

    this save a lot of time! thanks

  • art lover

    Great tut.

    Carbon paper usually do a lot t of mess on the canvas n sheet … it was not doing wid ur case … it was very fine drawing / tracing

  • Tony Chopper

    Your tree guy is just too cute 😍got my sub <3

  • Mikayla Baker

    Superrr helpful, thanks!

  • James F

    how do i do this on a black canvas?


    Pls pls pls can anyone tell me ……whats the name of the black paper thing that he use ??? …………pls reply me in 24 hours i need to past my project on monday!!!!!

  • Midhat Sawwan

    Hi great drawing ,is this a uniball black pen ?

  • Penelope Lopez

    Thank you sooo much easier.

  • Z

    Do you gesso the canvas or nah?

  • franceflowerz

    Can we use carbon paper?

  • criminal minded

    Thanks I was looking for how to do this!!!!!

  • John Kress

    Great tip / thanks – Q. what do you use to cover the graphite so it doesn't get into oil paint?

  • Kristi Ambrose

    Thank you for getting to the point of the video lol. Very helpful!

  • Ankur Sharma

    will the extra graphite make the canvas dirty

  • Bailey Gibson

    Great video! (Also, I loved your little tree dude!) And as a note to artists with no money (like ME and most other teens) I find that, if your not afraid of a hand cramp, you can coat the back of a photocopy of your drawing in a lot of pencil instead of using graphite sheets. Not as quick, sure, but my time is worthless and I have no money, so I gotta do it that way 🤷

  • john darmiento

    trouble is carbon paper is over 20 bucks a box at staples

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  • Debbie Ventimiglia

    Thank you for showing us this, can this be done the way you did it on a painted canvas?

  • Alnisa Kuhr

    Great video, educational and straight to the point!!!! Thank you

  • Nae Nae

    Quick question I’m not good at drawing can I printout a picture from online will that work? I order carbon paper from amazon.

    This was great. I’m giving my mom a paint and sip party for her birthday. I hope mines turn out as good as yours tfs

  • ytmm11

    it DID save a life. Mine! Thank you, sir 🙂


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