I spent more time setting up my new pen display than I did drawing today but it’s necessary.

This new pen display’s main purpose is to facilitate digital practice and faster painting production but first I got to get to know the hardware and software. I spent a lot of time today testing out brushes, setting up the UI and developing an iterative drawing plan based on this video by Sycra.

Here is the first version of my painting process. Using the SVS creative composition checklist I’ve create a simple system full of logical steps for preparing a composition for a full painting. With this I can almost guarantee that every painting will be a success. If I get really good at it I’ll be able to run through it quickly as well. I would love to be able to prepare great compositions for paintings within a few hours.


  • Session: 3399
  • Work: 1913
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 9"
  • Medium: Digital
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 3
  • Creative Time: 2



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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."