[ noun ] (fine art) preliminary drawing for later elaboration
"he made several studies before starting to paint"
Used in print(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
During the making recently of an important Biblical film , some 40 volumes of research material and sketches not_only of costumes and interiors , but of architectural developments , sports_arenas , vehicles , and other paraphernalia were compiled , consulted , and complied with .(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)
There was only one way to accomplish this : by design , by drawing diagrams and sketches in which he probed the remotest corner of his mind for creative ideas to carry his concept .
He started by making free sketches to loosen_up his thinking so_that images would appear on paper .
Michelangelo hurried to Sangallo 's solitary bachelor room with his sketches , asked the architect to design a stand which would simulate the seated Madonna .
He drew toward the composite design from his meticulously accurate memory , without need to consult his sketches .
[ noun ] a brief literary description
Used in print(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
the crude sketch of Piepsam contains , in its critical , destructive and self-destructive tendencies , much that is enlarged and illuminated in the figures of , for_instance , Naphta and Leverku^hn .
[ verb ] make a sketch of
"sketch the building"
Used in print(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)
The men did not object to his sketching them while they went_about their work , but no_one could be persuaded to come to his studio to pose .
Here he sketched , sitting in their flowing gowns of linen and silk , young_girls not_yet twenty , some about to be married , some married a year or two .
Since the Santo_Spirito_hospital had taken only men , he had had no experience in the study of female anatomy ; but he had sketched the women of Tuscany in their fields and homes .(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)
He worked standing , with his left hand in his pocket as_though he were merely stopping for a moment , sketching with the surprised stare of one who was watching another person 's hand .
[ noun ] (writing) short descriptive summary (of events)
Used in print(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)
The second timely part of_this sketch of literature and the search for identity has to do with the difference between good and enduring literary_works and the ephemeral mass_culture products of today .
A sketch of the emotional value of the study of literature would have_to take_account of all_of these .
[ verb ] describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
"sketch the outline of the book" "outline his ideas"
Used in print(The New York Times...)
He only rarely tells a personal anecdote and hardly ever sketches an individual or quotes his opinions .