Underdrawings for Oil Portraits

Underdrawings in Winsor & Newton waterproof ink, pencil, and Conte crayon form the basic structure for the oil portraits to come.  The drawing may seem successful thus far, but the painting may not be; an artist can never tell, and undertaking a work of art feels like a high-wire act from start to finish.  These underdrawings were done on watercolor paper, often coated with Liquitex Clear Gesso after the drawing was finished.  First applications of oil paint have begun.