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preparatory drawings

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preparatory drawings


Drawings done in preparation for further work, most often for work in a medium other than drawing, especially for printmaking. They are typically more finished than sketches. For drawings done in preparation for architectural construction, use other terms, such as "preliminary drawings" or "design drawings."


preparatory drawing

proposed designs

display drawings

drawings, preparatory

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