Definition of underdrawing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌndədrɔː(r)ɪŋ/


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
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  • 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.
  • Chapuis contents himself with a largely visual approach to the paintings and to a discussion of their underdrawings.
  • 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.
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