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500 years of art theory brought into the 21st century!

"Perspective is nothing else than the seeing of an object through a sheet of glass, on the surface of which may be marked all the things that are behind the glass."
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 500 year old method brought into modern day
  • Sturdy, transparent acrylic grids are easy to use
  • Sketch directly on the grid with a dry erase marker! (sold separately)
  • 9 different proportions for many canvas sizes (*see chart)
  • Now with new pocket size grids! Comes in clear for details, or red for simplifying color values
  • New 6-in-1 grid gives six proportions in one easy to transport grid!
  • Put away your calculator and pick up your brush!
Even half a millennium ago artists knew that in order to realistically depict three dimensional objects in two dimensional artwork, a correct grasp of proportion and perspective was indispensible. Great masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer used the grid method to do this; often rigging up complicated equipment and devices designed to superimpose a grid over their subject matter. Now you can bring this art theory to your own creation process with the modern equivalent of those ancient tools: Proportional Compose It Grids!

These transparent acrylic grids are available in 9 different proportions which are translatable to nearly any canvas size. Simply choose your grid proportion in relation to your canvas, hold the grid up to your subject, and sketch directly on the grid with a dry erase marker (sold separately) to rough in your composition. It is then a simple matter to transfer the grid and the image directly onto your canvas with charcoal or chalk; all the while keeping the correct proportions of the original subject. Don't waste your valuable artwork time by guessing on proportions and perspective: let Compose It Grids be your guide and do the math for you!

Proportion Percentage Common Canvas Sizes*
1:1 1.00 All square formats
1:2 0.50 6x12", 10x20", 12x24", 16x32", 18x36", 20x40", 24x48", 36x72"
1:3 0.33 3x9", 5x15", 6x18", 8x24", 9x27", 10x30", 11x33", 12x36", 24x72"
2:3 0.66 6x9", 8x12", 10x15", 12x18", 14x21", 16x24", 18x27", 20x30", 24x36", 48x72"
3:4 0.75 9x12", 12x16", 15x20", 18x24", 21x28", 24x32", 27x36", 30x40", 36x48", 54x72"
4:5 0.80 8x10", 16x20", 24x30", 32x40", 36x45", 40x50", 48x60"
5:6 0.83 10x12", 15x18", 20x24", 25x30", 30x36", 35x42", 40x48", 50x60", 60x72"
5.5:7 0.79 11x14", 22x28", 33x42", 44x56", 55x70"
7:8 0.88 14x16", 28x32"

*Don't see your canvas size? Divide the smaller number of your canvas size by the larger to get the percentage; then choose the closest percentage listed above to get the best proportional match. For example, a 14x18" canvas would have a percentage of around 0.78 (=14 divided by 18), and would best match with the 5.5:7 grid which has a 0.79 percentage....
Compose It Grids

500 years of art theory brought into the 21st century!

"Perspective is nothing else than the seeing of an object through a sheet of glass, on the surface of which may be marked all the things that are behind the glass."
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 500 year old method brought into modern day
  • Sturdy, transparent acrylic grids are easy to use
  • Sketch directly on the grid with a dry erase marker! (sold separately)
  • 9 different proportions for many canvas sizes (*see chart)
  • Now with new pocket size grids! Comes in clear for details, or red for simplifying color values
  • New 6-in-1 grid gives six proportions in one easy to transport grid!
  • Put away your calculator and pick up your brush!
Even half a millennium ago artists knew that in order to realistically depict three dimensional objects in two dimensional artwork, a correct grasp of proportion and perspective was indispensible. Great masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer used the grid method to do this; often rigging up complicated equipment and devices designed to superimpose a grid over their subject matter. Now you can bring this art theory to your own creation process with the modern equivalent of those ancient tools: Proportional Compose It Grids!

These transparent acrylic grids are available in 9 different proportions which are translatable to nearly any canvas size. Simply choose your grid proportion in relation to your canvas, hold the grid up to your subject, and sketch directly on the grid with a dry erase marker (sold separately) to rough in your composition. It is then a simple matter to transfer the grid and the image directly onto your canvas with charcoal or chalk; all the while keeping the correct proportions of the original subject. Don't waste your valuable artwork time by guessing on proportions and perspective: let Compose It Grids be your guide and do the math for you!

Proportion Percentage Common Canvas Sizes*
1:1 1.00 All square formats
1:2 0.50 6x12", 10x20", 12x24", 16x32", 18x36", 20x40", 24x48", 36x72"
1:3 0.33 3x9", 5x15", 6x18", 8x24", 9x27", 10x30", 11x33", 12x36", 24x72"
2:3 0.66 6x9", 8x12", 10x15", 12x18", 14x21", 16x24", 18x27", 20x30", 24x36", 48x72"
3:4 0.75 9x12", 12x16", 15x20", 18x24", 21x28", 24x32", 27x36", 30x40", 36x48", 54x72"
4:5 0.80 8x10", 16x20", 24x30", 32x40", 36x45", 40x50", 48x60"
5:6 0.83 10x12", 15x18", 20x24", 25x30", 30x36", 35x42", 40x48", 50x60", 60x72"
5.5:7 0.79 11x14", 22x28", 33x42", 44x56", 55x70"
7:8 0.88 14x16", 28x32"

*Don't see your canvas size? Divide the smaller number of your canvas size by the larger to get the percentage; then choose the closest percentage listed above to get the best proportional match. For example, a 14x18" canvas would have a percentage of around 0.78 (=14 divided by 18), and would best match with the 5.5:7 grid which has a 0.79 percentage.
Compose It Grids is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Compose It Grids I love using these to help me compose a painting. The great thing is that the different grids will transfer easily to the size of painting I am composing.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compose It Grids Rock! These grids provide an easy way to compose a painting for the more composition-challenged artist. Easy to use!
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from handy tool this is small enough to pack in my "go bag" with my other art supplies. It is very handy when designing a composition as well as transfering an image to my painting surface.
Date published: 2013-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grids are helpful Compose it Grids helps me a lot in my art work in natural settings: in finding an interesting composition; in finding the right proportions of near and far objects in landscape settings; in making measuring so easy.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for compositions of buildings I found that these grids are really great for getting those hard-to-draw angles and perspectives when trying to recreate buildings. It was a snap to transfer the drawing into a painting and I would definitely recommend using these. I also used one for a pot of flowers outdoors and it was perfect for getting the details and shapes of the leaves.
Date published: 2010-10-25
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Compose It Grids

500 years of art theory brought into the 21st century!

"Perspective is nothing else than the seeing of an object through a sheet of glass, on the surface of which may be marked all the things that are behind the glass."
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 500 year old method brought into modern day
  • Sturdy, transparent acrylic grids are easy to use
  • Sketch directly on the grid with a dry erase marker! (sold separately)
  • 9 different proportions for many canvas sizes (*see chart)
  • Now with new pocket size grids! Comes in clear for details, or red for simplifying color values
  • New 6-in-1 grid gives six proportions in one easy to transport grid!
  • Put away your calculator and pick up your brush!
Even half a millennium ago artists knew that in order to realistically depict three dimensional objects in two dimensional artwork, a correct grasp of proportion and perspective was indispensible. Great masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer used the grid method to do this; often rigging up complicated equipment and devices designed to superimpose a grid over their subject matter. Now you can bring this art theory to your own creation process with the modern equivalent of those ancient tools: Proportional Compose It Grids!

These transparent acrylic grids are available in 9 different proportions which are translatable to nearly any canvas size. Simply choose your grid proportion in relation to your canvas, hold the grid up to your subject, and sketch directly on the grid with a dry erase marker (sold separately) to rough in your composition. It is then a simple matter to transfer the grid and the image directly onto your canvas with charcoal or chalk; all the while keeping the correct proportions of the original subject. Don't waste your valuable artwork time by guessing on proportions and perspective: let Compose It Grids be your guide and do the math for you!

Proportion Percentage Common Canvas Sizes*
1:1 1.00 All square formats
1:2 0.50 6x12", 10x20", 12x24", 16x32", 18x36", 20x40", 24x48", 36x72"
1:3 0.33 3x9", 5x15", 6x18", 8x24", 9x27", 10x30", 11x33", 12x36", 24x72"
2:3 0.66 6x9", 8x12", 10x15", 12x18", 14x21", 16x24", 18x27", 20x30", 24x36", 48x72"
3:4 0.75 9x12", 12x16", 15x20", 18x24", 21x28", 24x32", 27x36", 30x40", 36x48", 54x72"
4:5 0.80 8x10", 16x20", 24x30", 32x40", 36x45", 40x50", 48x60"
5:6 0.83 10x12", 15x18", 20x24", 25x30", 30x36", 35x42", 40x48", 50x60", 60x72"
5.5:7 0.79 11x14", 22x28", 33x42", 44x56", 55x70"
7:8 0.88 14x16", 28x32"

*Don't see your canvas size? Divide the smaller number of your canvas size by the larger to get the percentage; then choose the closest percentage listed above to get the best proportional match. For example, a 14x18" canvas would have a percentage of around 0.78 (=14 divided by 18), and would best match with the 5.5:7 grid which has a 0.79 percentage.
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