Poussin was a talented and prolific draftsman. About 450 drawings made by him came to us. Of course, once they were much more. Not only the individual drawings of Poussin, mentioned by his biographers, were not preserved, but even entire graphic series made in a certain genre. A significant part of the surviving drawings Poussin make up sketches and sketches for paintings. For example, the etude to the “Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus” is very expressive.
Many of the drawings made by the artist in Rome on the excavations of ancient ruins) and several landscape sketches have also reached our time. Poussin
The master covered the ink drawings with a bistrom – a thin layer of transparent brown paint made from soot of soft wood. As a rule, artists applied bistres with a thin even layer, careful strokes, but Poussin did this very energetically and boldly, achieving rich tonal transitions.