Daily Art #2913

The biggest issue with making the head of a portrait too small in a drawing.

When I make a head too small the texture of the paper begins to play a huge role in the work. Texture is a huge proponent of my work, especially in a drawing. If I can’t indicate the difference between metal, glass, skin and hair through texture I think the piece loses a lot.

Because the interstices of the paper are dotting most of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s face it interrupts the smooth texture of her skin and causes me to spend even more time on grinding the charcoal into the paper.

Next time I will either make the head life size or use a smooth vellum paper.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg drawing


My normal daily warm-up.


What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

Great sleep and good deep focus on the time I had today to draw.

What needs work? What did you learn?

Longer deep work times on other projects so I can finish them and get back to more art.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I’m setting up a deep work timer and using it to push my comfort zone of deep work time. I’ll start with an hour and increase it by a few minutes every few days.

Session Details

  • Session: 2913
  • Work: 1756
  • Width: 12"
  • Height: 14.5"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher 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."

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