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Old 05-19-2017, 01:25 AM
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Gridding for an Oil Painting

For oil painting I like to use a 14"X11" gridded gessoed MDF support

A hard pencil gives the finest grid and allows the greatest drawing accuracy, but as I found The hard way, the pencil shows through the paint. A pastel pencil grid is lost when painted over, but the thickness of the smallest obtainable pastel tip doesn't permit the same accuracy.

Can anyone suggest an answer, please?
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:16 AM
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Re: Gridding for an Oil Painting

My suggestion is not to draw in fine detail. You should really only need it to block in areas, you can measure finer details by eye after.
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Re: Gridding for an Oil Painting

Depending on how I am going work sometimes I like a very detailed and precise drawing on the panel at the outset. For others I draw just the major shapes and lines to get the proportions right. I really don't like drawing in charcoal on my panel and graphite pencils tend to mess with your colors too much for me.

I have found that a Polychromos colored pencil in an appropriate color and value works very well for both. The Polychromos pencils are an oil based material that from my experience doesn't dirty up the lighter colors like a graphite pencil does. You will get some lifting if you keep brushing over the lines but it doesn't show like pencil. I wouldn't recommend shading with them, just doing your fine lined layout. Choose colors that aren't too dark or too intense and don't apply too thickly. One of my favorites is called Rotel Sanguine. It works with a variety of scenes and is the one I always keep in my paint box.

Another method that has worked well is transferring a detailed drawing on paper to the panel using colored pastel as the "carbon" by rubbing it on the back. Again this works better for me than graphite transfers. Pick a color that won't stand out, light earths, light yellows, light blues etc.
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