Goya was a skilled draftsman. Up to now, about a thousand of his drawings. Almost half of them are stored in the Madrid Prado Museum. Drawings of Goya are made in different techniques. They are made with a pen and ink, watercolor and brush, pencil, pastel, chalk.
Usually the artist used red chalk, but sometimes he worked with white chalk on colored paper. The latter refers primarily to sketches of night scenes. Drawings of Goya differ in variety, among them there are runaway sketches, and carefully worked sketches.
Etudes, for the most part, preceded work on etchings; much less often – over paintings. There are in the legacy of Goya and, as it were, independent sketches that do not correspond to any of the known works of the artist.