Tonight we spent a lot of time at the animal shelter and we ended up bringing home a wonderful cat that should be a great addition to our family. By the time I sat down in front of my easel after dinner and setting up the new cat I was already pretty tired so I only did an hour of head studies.

What I was supposed to do with these head studies is try and render the head as simple and quickly as possible while at the same time providing enough accurate information of the head to continue with a longer drawing if needed. I find that when I’m working with a live model I spend most of my time trying to get the head correct and not enough time on the figure. I’m planning on attending a life drawing class tomorrow so I wanted to try and get some of these ideas figured out tonight.

charcoal head studies: first half hour
First half hour
charcoal head studies: first setup
first half hour setup
charcoal head studies: last half hour setup
Last half hour setup


  • Session: 1019
  • Work: 856
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
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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."