August 1, 2021

Going from a small sketch to a large painting

Today I want to talk about something I am often asked about but rarely do. It is the particular way I move from a sketchbook to a large painting.

Have a look here.

I often work out ideas using sketches before starting a painting. I begin not just with one, but a series of sketches. I like to let the drawing develop in the sketchbook and then choose the strongest one.

The other key point is that when I start the painting, I try not to copy a sketch exactly, but let the painting evolve from it. Having a little sketch idea when I begin my large work, gives me a huge boost in confidence that gets the painting off to a stronger start. My marks are just a little bolder.

I am curious…

How do you use your sketches for your final larger art?

Let us know in the comments.

Have a great day in the studio today!


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Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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