Now that my canvas has arrived, it’s time to begin!green-cloth-new-canvas







First, I must transfer my pencil sketch onto the canvas. I trace my sketch onto a sheet of tracing paper.


Then I rub pencil onto the back of the traced drawing. This will act as carbon

I now tape this carbon paper right side up onto my canvas.



I trace the lines with a 2H pencil.


My drawing is now transferred to the canvas.


Inevitably, all of this tracing distorts the original image. I have to spend some time now correcting any errors that have crept into the image. Here’s a detail of the canvas with the drawing transferred onto it and corrected.


I lightly spray some fixative on the drawing so the pencil won’t smear into the oil paint. Now I can begin my underpainting.