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Sketching the composition for Rendez-vous started with simple means: paper, pencil, eraser, ruler and a dollar-store protractor. The next step (not so simple, but fun when you know how to do it): orthographic projection for the balloon stripes, and perspective grids for the architecture and the shadows.. Next, scan the sketch and paint on it digitally. This is a useful way to visualize the rich contrasts anticipated for a large drawing to be done entirely with charcoal.

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