Blocking in

DEFINITION

The simplifying and arranging of compositional elements using rough shapes, forms, or geometric equivalents when starting a painting.<br><br>Laying down the initial statement of a picture by a broad indication of line, color, and tone. After blocking in, artists typically develop their compositions from general to particular by ever-increasingly refining shapes, colors, textures, etc., until an artwork is finished.Also see abbozzo, sketch, and study.

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