Dear Art Lover
I really am just starting to value my art school education, about things such as planning an oil painting by making preliminary sketches. I used to think my tutors were crazy to make me create the preliminary sketches after I had completed the main piece, just in order to give me extra marks and for me to illustrate that I understood how other artists' arrived at an end piece.
Now days, I consider my paintings more deeply and I understand how important preliminary sketches are – what with putting the price of art materials into consideration and the obvious mistakes which can occur from working blind. To be honest, I even sketched this piece out using photoshop, to help decide upon a colour scheme. Working the whole piece out first makes the end result so much cleaner looking.