A preliminary drawing of a composition.<br><br>A rough or loose visualization of a subject or composition..<br><br>A quick drawing that loosely captures the appearance or action of a place or situation. Sketches are often done in preparation for larger, more detailed works of art. Lion by Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640) was done in preparation for his painting of Daniel in the Lions' Den. A sculptural sketch too is a quickly or loosely produced sculpture, typically made in working out ideas which the sculptor might later execute with more detail or in more expensive or more time-demanding materials.Quote: "You should often amuse yourself when you take a walk for recreation, in watching and taking note of the attitudes and actions of men as they talk and dispute, or laugh or come to blows with one another... noting these down with rapid strokes, in a little pocket-book which you ought always to carry with you." Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian artist. See Renaissance. "If a man throws himself out of the fourth floor window, and you can't make a sketch of him before he gets to the ground, you will never do anything big." Eug?ne Delacroix (1798-1863), French painter. See Romanticism.The Oxford English Dictionary says a hurrygraph is a "jocular nonce-word" meaning hurried sketch.Also see abbozzo, blocking in, cont? crayon, diagram, esquisse, fusain, gesture drawing, maquette, pochade, and study.