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.

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Then I rub pencil onto the back of the traced drawing. This will act as carbon paper.green-cloth-making-carbon-paper

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

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I trace the lines with a 2H pencil.

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My drawing is now transferred to the canvas.

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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.

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