It took me a while to come up with the concept, which will be a kind of story portrait, depicting motifs which represent the three adult children of my collector. One is a psychologist in Nepal who loves diving. The second is a song writer in California. The third is an engineer in Colorado who loves her dog Blue and snowboarding. Here is the final sketch, covered with a grid:
It took me a while to learn how to create grids in photoshop. It was a rather tedious process but now I have another skill in my "toolbox." The best tutorial I came across to do this is here:
My next task is to transcribe the sketch into the large size of the screen. I covered the boards with banner paper and then went through the tedious process of drawing a grid on the paper that corresponds with the grid overlay on my sketch. I calculated and measured it out using a ruler and marked the lines in pencil.
Next I went over all the pencil lines with permanent marker. I like to use yellow highlighter for this. The reason for the marker is this: when creating the new sketch, I will invariably want to erase something. If my gridlines are in pencil, they might get erased with my mistakes. Better to be safe. It took a long time to mark out this grid but it's worth it. This will help me transpose the original sketch accurately.