Today I did a series of figure drawing starts.

It has become increasingly apparent to me that a good start will determine the rest of the drawing or painting. If you have a bad start where all the proportions are incorrect then the rest of the drawing is just painful. Most accomplished artists I see always have a solid beginning making the rest of the painting or drawing a breeze to complete. So I’m practicing my starts.

I’m trying to keep my lines accurate yet at the same time I’m trying to keep the gesture of the pose. I keep looking for the big shapes and the action lines throughout the figure. Whenever I feel that I’m focusing too much on small details I stop, take a breath, and try and see the big shapes.

Fundamentals: Figure Starts
Fundamentals: Figure Starts

Fundamentals: Figure Starts

Fundamentals: Figure Starts, setup


  • Session: 1907
  • Work: 1383
  • 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."