I’m continuing my work with the figure tonight by doing a male figure sketch in oil. I didn’t spend too long on this one, but I think it went well.

Figure Sketch in Oil setup photo
Setup photo

I was surprised that the drawing of this sketch went so smoothly. I was working mostly with form rather than line and blocked in the general placement of the figure quickly. From there I focused on modeling the light areas of the figure and trying to match the value and color as best as possible.

One thing I really noticed about painting from photographs, especially a photo that I haven’t taken, is the lack of color in flesh. I know for a fact when I look at a model or myself in the mirror I see far more indications of color than what I was looking at tonight. Most of the skin on the model tonight seemed to hover around an ochre color, and only in a few places did it go into alizarin and red.




  • Session: 1053
  • Work: 886
  • Width: 10"
  • Height: 8"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
  • Creative Time:



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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."