Step by Step: Trans­fer from pen­cil sketch to oil paint­ing

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1 Pen­cil stud­ies

Noth­ing beats draw­ing from a live model. With no time for de­tail, a short life-draw­ing pose forces me to draw the es­sen­tial forms quickly. This not only sharp­ens my draw­ing skills, it stamps a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the fig­ure in my mind for the paint­ing stage.

2 Colour rough

The colour rough is a vague, minia­ture ver­sion of the paint­ing. This is my most valu­able pre­lim­i­nary stage be­cause it has ev­ery­thing I need re­gard­ing value and colour strength. With the colour rough in the bag I know the paint­ing will take care of it­self.

3 Un­der­paint­ing

As fi­nal prepa­ra­tion for paint­ing I trans­fer a de­tailed pen­cil draw­ing on to my can­vas. Here is the block-in stage, with some of the pen­cil still vis­i­ble. I use mostly flat-edged, syn­thetic brushes to block-in the masses. This is the stuff that goes un­der the fi­nal paint­ing layer.

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