A French word, it refers to a preliminary sketch for a painting, sculpture or drawing. The "esquisse" is the vehicle for working out the details and can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional such as clay for sculpture. When it is used by English-speaking artists, it is considered an affectation. Source: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques"<br><br>A sketch showing the general features of a design or plan.Also see architecture.