How to begin

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How to begin


There are numerous methods of beginning a painting.

This is one of the biggest problems people face. You look at your subject and then stare back at your blank surface and think to yourself “I have to put that subject onto this blank surface?

“Oh boy, where do I begin?”

Well, you need some type of foundation or framework so you know
where to put your paint. Therefore you begin by making some sort of
drawing on your canvas or panel.

But let me first say something important about this “drawing”. Note that I have the word drawing in quotation marks. This is because a drawing for a painting is not the same as a drawing that is a finished piece of artwork.

When you make a drawing to be a finished piece of art in itself, you
can go into all the detail that you like.

The same is not true for the “drawing” stage of painting. The things
that you would do with a pencil or piece of charcoal (or whatever tool
you would use to draw with) you will now be doing with the
oil paint itself.

The next images will show you what I am talking about.

Transferring a drawing


This method takes the most preparation. You make a full drawing and
then turn this drawing into a painting. (like the finished drawing you
saw in the sample before).

You will use this drawing and not draw from scratch. Now, the trick is
to transfer this drawing onto your painting surface so you can work
with it.

How do you get this drawing on the canvas? Glad you asked.