Drawing Tools

Desired, not required but great to have handy if you can afford them.

What you will find on this page

Measuring Tools

MIIRA fabulous tools for measuring angles and proportions. Note they also have an app that is great!

They also have an inexpensive app for your phone that can be used to measure angles on a picture of your subject. You can purchase these or the app directly from MIIRA.

Miira Measuring Tool

Composition Tools

The View Catcher is a mid gray 3.5×3.5" ABS plastic tool with a small circular opening that helps you to see "True" color. The View Catcher is simple to use, easy to learn and pocket size.

It opens vertically or horizontally to help you find the right composition. It allows you to view your subjects without the distraction of surrounding elements. With it you'll be able to create stronger compositions, choose accurate color values and provide a clear vision of warm and cool color choices.

View Catcher

ViewCatcher Artist's View Finder
Solve common painting problems quickly and easily with the ViewCatcher This innovative artist tool allows you to view your subject matter or painting without surrounding elements.The 3 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. ViewCatcher is constructed of durable plastic to hold up to the elements and provide years of use. It-s colored a #5 gray to help judge value and has a small sight opening in the center that enables artists to see -true- color.The ViewCatcher can be held at different distances and the adjustable opening can be oriented horizontally or vertically to help find just the right composition.


Seeing Value

Value is a measurement of light. In drawing we think of it as the shades of gray in between black and white. This is how we translates light and shadow into shading. Glasses with red lenses will help beginners to see value regardless of hue or chroma. You can find them anywhere on the internet.

Value Scales

Value is a measurement of light. In drawing we think of it as the shades of gray in between black and white. This is how we translates light and shadow into shading. A value scale enables the artist to make better comparisons and suggest relationships of the values observed in nature by comparing them to each other in a scale.
Gray Scale and Value Finder Gray Scale and Value Finder
Determine color values and intensities with this Gray Scale and Value Finder! Place this die-cut card directly on a photo or piece of artwork, or view it between your eyes and your subject matter to match the gray values on the card.


The Picture Perfect Viewfinder has both a view finder and red film for seeing values, it also has a value scale for comparison and several grid sizes. You can purchase these at Picture Perfect Viewfinder (3 in 1).

Picture Perfect Viewfinder

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