I began working on a new canvas and wanted to share the way I usually approach painting a picture. The canvas here has been given a wash of Raw Umber using acrylic paint and was allowed to dry. The subject was then drawn on the canvas using a dark blue color pencil which was then fixed with spray. I normally use charcoal for this but sometimes use a sharpened pencil when I want a more precise or definite drawing. Many artists don't like making detailed preliminary drawings on their canvas but I find I get better results in the end when I do it.