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  • noun art A sketch done on the ground of a painting before paint is applied


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  • First, an underdrawing is block-printed onto the fabric to guide the shape and placement of the design elements.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe 2006

  • All the authorities have by now come around to his conclusion, Mr. Seracini says, yet the curators of Florence's Uffizi Gallery, where the painting hangs, have added no mention of the discovery to the information that visitors see; nor have they chosen to display images of the "underdrawing" by Leonardo that Mr. Seracini's analysis revealed.

    An Engineer Takes On the Art Experts 2008

  • Their discoveries—including Bellini's compositional changes, surprisingly bravura brushwork, fingerprints and underdrawing, as well as the revelation that he anticipated some of the innovations attributed to his greatest students, Giorgione and Titian—are the focus of the Frick's boutique show "In a New Light: Bellini's 'St. Francis in the Desert.'"

    A Shared Moment of Transformation Lance Esplund 2011

  • This could be any portrait painter at the easel; indeed the painterly process from charcoal underdrawing to claggy conclusion is the least interesting part of the book, partly because how they are made is so evident in the paintings.

    Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, by Martin Gayford Laura Cumming 2010

  • Infrared examination showed a superb metalpoint underdrawing that everyone agrees is by Raphael.

    Discovering Art's Authenticity 2010

  • Some of the teachers and students believe in "finding" the drawing with paint rather than doing a tight charcoal/graphite underdrawing.

    Archive 2010-05-01 James Gurney 2010

  • The cartoons consist of colors placed over charcoal underdrawing on paper; they were subsequently cut into strips for use in Pieter van Aelst's Brussels atelier, where the tapestries were woven.

    Woven into the Fabric of the Church 2010

  • I'm not championing Sargent's direct painting method over any other approach; say, a more procedural technique like developing a refined underdrawing, then underpainting in dead color, then overpainting and glazing -- the sort of method you are known to use -- I'm just pointing out a dividing line exists between the two different ways to paint.

    Sargent’s Painting Notes James Gurney 2009

  • I would imagine that an underdrawing with the shadows indicated would be helpful, even with a mid-tone painted over it, as it would probably still be somehow visible through the paint layer.

    Solomon J. Solomon James Gurney 2009

  • As for the underdrawing, Kautzky says do it lightly in pencil first an H or 2H might help Kautzky probably just did the bigger shapes then continued thinking "drawing" as he rendered.

    Midday Near Moscow James Gurney 2009


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