I have realized that I have a real need for master studies to improve my figure drawings. I also need to work more than half an hour a day on my drawings…

Tonight I was focusing on trying to draw this figure in a similar way to George Bridgman. I really love how he can describe the volume of a form with just a few subtle lines. Plus all his figure has a real since of volume and mass.

After this really sad attempt of applying the Bridgman style to a figure I realized that I would better learn his technique if I just drew from his drawings. Also known as a master study. I’m not sure if Bridgman is considered a master, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also do studies from other old masters like Rubens, Prud’hon or¬†Michelangelo. Maybe this will even increase my drawing time daily, I can only hope.

a need for master studies: setup


  • Session: 1106
  • Work: 932
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
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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."