Tools: Graphite, colored pencil.
Paper: Illustration board (primed with gesso).
For the last 2(ish) months, I’ve been experimenting with gouache, casein, acrylic and water soluble oil. I’m still working out the best way to photograph my paintings. In the meantime, here are the underdrawings I did for my last few studies.
An underdrawing is the first layer of a painting. For now, I’m starting with a high-contrast drawing before I apply any paint. I’m experimenting with graphite, colored pencils, stumps and erasers to make drawings that won’t look out of place when they peek through the paint. When the drawing is finished, I seal it with workable fixative if I’m painting with oil, or just start painting if I’m working with gouache, casein or acrylic. I also take a snapshot, so I can reference the drawing if it disappears under too many layers of paint.