The Art of Tracing

Updated: May 1, 2020

When I started practicing art with colored pencils and Crayola washable markers, I used to stress over perfect lines and results. It's hard to let go of perfection when that's all you want your work to be. Perfect.

I hate to break it to you though, perfection is an unattainable concept, not a goal. You can draw a perfect circle, but you can not make a perfect pizza. There is no such thing as a perfect painting, a perfect song or a perfect human. "Perfection" in my opinion is working towards your highest potential, being open to critique, and being willing to make mistakes to later learn from them.

Some people would consider "realistic" paintings as perfect because they look real. In this case, photorealistic work is perfect copying in my opinion. Realistic paintings take practice of course, but also a steady hand, noticing lighting in your inspiration, and some understanding of color theory (if you know how to make orange, green, and purple you're almost a pro).

I think people are afraid to start painting because they can not draw free hand (viewing an image and copying it by only looking at the image). While there are other ways of drawing to maintain proper proportions, this method will make drawing and painting (edible and non-edible) a piece of cake (pun totally intended).

This technique is also taught in my latest tutorial all about the Art of Edible Painting. In the 35 page PDF tutorial, I give every ounce of information I know about the subject to help you improve your edible art or begin your journey into the craft. I provide recipes, invaluable tips and tricks I wish I had when I first started, and a bonus video that only owners of the tutorial receive. If you are interested in learning more or copping the tutorial, you can visit the link provided here:

Now, enjoy a sneak peek of the tutorial and learn all about the art of tracing:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Parchment Paper or Tracing Paper

  • #2 Pencil

  • Painters Tape (optional)</