Definition of underdrawing in English:



  • A sketch made by a painter as a preliminary guide and subsequently covered with layers of paint.

    ‘he worked at great speed, with little reliance on cartoons or underdrawings’
    mass noun ‘the relationship between the two artists is illuminated by comparison of the use of underdrawing in their early paintings’
    • ‘In removing the uppermost layer of painted plaster from the cut-out chunk of wall, conservators discovered an underlying sinopia or underdrawing.’
    • ‘When the work was examined with a vidicon machine, it was revealed to have a vigorous and beautiful underdrawing.’
    • ‘An underdrawing, if it possesses carbon-containing material, can be seen with infrared reflectography.’
    • ‘The elements are painted over a ground of thinly whitewashed underdrawing.’
    • ‘Del Sarto was a great proponent of drawing, and the underdrawings were typical of the way he worked.’
    • ‘In virtually every one Turner draws the architecture in pencil and then covers this under-drawing with washes of pale colour.’
    • ‘Most artists made some kind of preliminary sketch on their support but our knowledge of these underdrawings is severely limited by the methods available for studying them.’
    • ‘Using three works - two entitied Shad Fishing at Gloucester on the Delaware River and Mending the Net - they found underdrawings in graphite directly related to existing photographs.’
    • ‘An examination of sample panels from two earlier Cologne workshops yielded one detailed underdrawing but otherwise only limited outline markings for the figures.’
    • ‘Most artists apply watercolor over a pencil drawing, but many of O'Keeffe's watercolors have no underdrawing.’
    • ‘Eakins did this as he was painting, for there is no underdrawing on this canvas.’
    • ‘The style and extent of the resulting underdrawing can vary enormously, from a few sketchy lines to elaborate hatched drawings, complete in every detail.’
    • ‘Radiology has revealed no underdrawing in Vermeer's other paintings.’
    • ‘What we are looking at in essence is the underdrawing for an illuminated manuscript, an art form that we associate more with the Middle Ages than with the later Renaissance.’
    • ‘In the end, the detectives are left with fragments of paint, scraps of scarlet borders, shady underdrawings, no firm solution to their puzzles about authorship.’
    • ‘Chapuis contents himself with a largely visual approach to the paintings and to a discussion of their underdrawings.’
    • ‘Infrared photography, which is widely used to view underdrawings in painting conservation, has been applied to the Museum's six Ethiopian icons.’
    • ‘Most artists apply watercolor over a pencil drawing, but many of his watercolors have no underdrawing.’
    • ‘Only if the underdrawing's gradations of black and white were flowing smoothly was it permissible to pick up a brush and add color.’
    drawing, preliminary drawing, outline
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