- Get a reference image.
- Enlarge canvas to 200% width.
- Create a new layer and indicate your placement marks: top, bottom, left, right.
- Double-check the lines you’ve drawn. Move them, refine them, until they look perfect.
- Erase the placement lines until they are at about 10% visibility. They are useful guides, but we don’t want them to distract us.
- Continue with the block-in stage. Establish the biggest shapes within the image.
- When you are happy with the level of complexity of your block-in, take a moment to refine it. Find all mistakes and make it as strong as you can.
- When you’re ready to check, drag your block-in lines on top of the reference image.
- Enable “Lock Transparency” on the block-in layer and color-code your lines. Green = nailed it, orange = close, red = off.
Keep doing this regularly and I guarantee that your accuracy will improve. Post your practice images on social media with the hashtag #accuracytraining!