Frequently Asked Questions - thumbnail sketches

FAQs - thumbnail sketches

My process is inconsistent when it comes to doing preliminary sketches. I often work out the decisions about a painting in my head, mentally switching out elements, palette and values until it is what I want. Then I become a painting machine, often painting almost non-stop for several days until the image in my head jives with what is on my easel.

That being said, working out your stategies on paper before you start painting may save frustration and grief when you have already invested time and materials on a project.