Should I Outline My Painting?

What kind of pencil is best for sketching on canvas?

graphite pencilUsing a softer graphite pencil is a much better option.

Softer graphite is harder to control, but it’s also much less likely to damage the surface of your canvas.

While it is more challenging to do so, you can create fine lines and details using a softer type of graphite..

Should I outline or paint first?

Traditional painting often works from a drawing first, then an underpainting showing values, then painting over the underpainting and building from there. The only way you don’t need a composition drawing is if you’re working more abstract or intuitively, otherwise make your life easier, construct your image.

What does outline mean in art?

In art, the term outline refers to the lines real or apparent by which a figure (or shape) is defined in or bounded by the plane of vision; the sum of these lines forming the contour of the figure.

Can you sketch on canvas before painting?

A painting sketch or underdrawing, is a preliminary drawing you make on your canvas that will help guide where your painting will go. However, before starting your sketch you first need to put a light color wash over the canvas.

Can you use pencil on canvas before painting?

Pencils are a very common way to sketch on canvas prior to painting. They can be used for oils, acrylics, or most any other medium. The great thing about pencils is you can do a fairly detailed drawing right on the canvas.

Can I use Eraser on canvas?

Simply dip a clean toothbrush in soapy water and gently scrub your canvas. You can also dab some soapy water onto your canvas and then use your handy Staedtler Mars eraser on top of it to remove your lines.