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a rapidly executed kind of pictorial note-taking. The sketch is not usually intended as an autonomous work of art, although many have been considered masterpieces in their own right. Used extensively in the planning of large, complex projects, the sketch allows the artist to visualize quickly the bend of a knee or the sweep of an arm without having to experiment directly on the work itself. See cartooncartoon
[Ital., cartone=paper], either of two types of drawings: in the fine arts, a preliminary sketch for a more complete work; in journalism, a humorous or satirical drawing.
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sketch

A rough drawing that represents the main features of a plan or building; used as a preliminary study. See also: Design drawing

Sketch

 

a quickly executed drawing, usually in pencil, which captures the major and most characteristic features of a landscape or which provides the general plan of an architectural structure, painting, sculpture, or graphic work.


Sketch

 

in the plastic arts, a small drawing, painting, or sculpture cursorily and rapidly executed by the artist. The main purpose of a sketch is to quickly record the observations and ideas that arise as the artist works. A sketch can be made without a model from memory or the imagination. A sketch working out a composition conceived by the artist is similar to a study.


Sketch

 

in the 19th and early 20th centuries, a short play with two and occasionally three characters. The sketch was most widely performed on the variety stage. Sketches were written by J. Barrie, B. Shaw, and J. B. Priestley (Great Britain), W. Saroyan and J. Thurber (USA), G. Courteline (France), and A. T. Averchenko and the young A. P. Chekhov (Russia). Writers of sketches during the Soviet period included V. E. Ardov, A. S. Bukhov, G. I. Gorin, A. M. Arkhanov, M. M. Zhvanetskii, la. A. Kostiukovskii, V. Z. Mass, and V. S. Poliakov.

REFERENCE

Ardov, V. E. Razgovornye zhanry estrady i tsirka. Moscow, 1968.

Sketch

 

a preliminary drawing that sets forth the main idea of an entire work of art or an individual part, including the composition, spatial planes, and color scheme of the future work. Sketches may be drawn for works of graphic art, paintings, or sculptures. They are usually distinguished by a free, fluent style but may be quite detailed.

Sketches by major artists possess artistic value and may be considered complete works in themselves.

sketch

1. a rapid drawing or painting, often a study for subsequent elaboration
2. a brief usually descriptive and informal essay or other literary composition
3. a short play, often comic, forming part of a revue
4. a short evocative piece of instrumental music, esp for piano
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In their defence, the editors recognize the sketchiness of some aspects of their project but claim, quite legitimately, that much here is new and speculative.
The respective relevance of these two narrative modes, as well as of the plots they are connected with, changes in the three editions of Clotel, as Brown makes increasing efforts to disguise his radical interpretation of slave culture by unifying the action of the novel, diminishing its sketchiness, and giving centrality to a sentimental plot with which American audiences were both familiar and comfortable.
It is this admirable sketchiness that made him a perfect candidate to bring along on King of the Road.
There are only two aesthetic styles-abstraction and realism, "Jenney once wrote, and his trick is to synthesize them, using abstraction to enliven a static scene, adding a certain expressive indeterminacy to what is otherwise a legible image, especially with what look like pentimenti, "spacey" pencil lines that add a certain sketchiness and quickness to what is otherwise a realist picture.
103-7) is a welcome exception to the sketchiness of many of these other preliminary sections.
Garcia's efforts are all the more crucial given the sketchiness of the play's other characters, competently handled by Sigurdson, Henry LeBlanc and Tony C.
The differences were impossible to ignore: the refinement, subtlety, and intimacy of the Durand-Ruel pictures versus the muscular sketchiness of the large water lilies that remained in the studio.
This ambiguity, achieved through the dissociation of subject and modifier, intensifies the sketchiness of the speaker.
31) Nevertheless, the quick, bold, impressionistic sketchiness of the strokes, applied on the paper with varying pressures, together with the thoroughly pictorial treatment of the rendering and contours (with thick and thin lines)--nothing like Michelangelo's even, lustrous, softly rubbed shading like polished marble, or his delicate contours--identify the Ashmolean sheet as a baroque drawing.
After a shitload of hairball turns at maximum sketchiness, I laid it out oft a left-hand turn that seemed like the unknown.