un·​der·​draw·​ing | \ ˈən-dər-ˌdrȯ-iŋ How to pronounce underdrawing (audio) \

Definition of underdrawing

: a preliminary sketch made on a surface (such as a canvas or panel) prior to painting

Examples of underdrawing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the artist would apply a layer (or more) of variously colored paints to define the underdrawing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can see the true face of Van Eyck Lamb of God after latest restoration," 29 July 2020 Infrared reflectography showed that Bruegel’s copious underdrawing, very visible elsewhere (sometimes even through worn paint), is missing there. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Bruegel’s “The Wedding Dance” Revealed’ Review: Revelry Restored," 21 Jan. 2020 Previously unseen underdrawings on the work’s wood panel, for instance, showed the artist changed compositional details including the position of the figures’ hands multiple times. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "An Unidentified Botticelli Painting Spent Decades Hidden in Welsh Museum’s Storeroom," 18 Nov. 2019 The underdrawings just add to the mystery of the painting. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Imaging Reveals Leonardo da Vinci Wrestled With the Composition for ‘Virgin of the Rocks’," 15 Aug. 2019 Since around 2005, infrared technology has made the museum aware of an underdrawing beneath the six-foot tall, wood-panel painting. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Imaging Reveals Leonardo da Vinci Wrestled With the Composition for ‘Virgin of the Rocks’," 15 Aug. 2019 The new research has shown how the second underdrawing, while aligning much more closely to the finished version, nonetheless displays his characteristic elaborations and adjustments from drawing to painting. Fox News, "Da Vinci mystery: 'Abandoned' angel and Christ discovered beneath masterpiece," 16 Aug. 2019 Lorenzo’s contribution seems certain — certain tics of his appear, such as hooked lines visible in the underdrawing. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Did Leonardo da Vinci have a hand in a Worcester Art Museum painting?," 8 Mar. 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Underdrawing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underdrawing. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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