Most novice painters are curious how detailed a sketch has to be to paint. The answer surprises most students. The sketch that is transferred to the canvas or is drawn directly onto to the canvas is pretty simple and does not include any shading except in the most general way and only that which can be done with the tip of the pencil or charcoal. Any excess charcoal or graphite makes painting difficult as it will mix with the wet paint and must be sealed or painted over in some fashion and allowed to dry and a lot of it does not allow the paint to adhere to the canvas very well so the less graphite or charcoal on the canvas the better. Detailed drawings in graphite, charcoal, or chalk, or watercolour, are often used in painting as references or to copy from almost exactly or to trace from when a live model or a photograph is not being used as the exclusive model during the sittings, but those drawings are done on paper and usually just used as reference and are not on the canvas. The picture below is the type of drawing I would draw directly on a canvas before painting and in most cases I would not need any more study than this if a photo or live model were still available. All of the corrections and “drawing” beyond the point would be done in paint with a brush in something like an umber wash to make a grisaille and dried and then light colour would be added as washes and dried and then scumbles and then glazes and so on as needed. Since people are not very patient and hosting a guest even in a professional studio is uncomfortable for everyone and can be expensive to the customer or to the artist in the case of hiring a model I suggest that for portrait painting the sketch should be “sketchy” and loose so that tones can be laid in as quickly as possible. Detailed drawings should be done from either photographs or when everybody has a lot of time available and everyone knows the commitment they are going to need to get the work done and when everybody is as comfortable as possible. Otherwise work as fast as possible and just get er done. As long as each layer is thin and you are working with fast drying paint in washes rather than glazes the work should go quickly.
Bible Verse of the DayPsalms 73:1-28 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
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