Definition of underdrawing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌdrôiNG/


Sketched lines made by a painter as a preliminary guide, and subsequently covered with layers of paint.
Example sentences
  • The elements are painted over a ground of thinly whitewashed underdrawing.
  • The style and extent of the resulting underdrawing can vary enormously, from a few sketchy lines to elaborate hatched drawings, complete in every detail.
  • In removing the uppermost layer of painted plaster from the cut-out chunk of wall, conservators discovered an underlying sinopia or underdrawing.

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Syllabification: un·der·draw·ing

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