Larger Shape Focus

I reverted to larger shape focus on the Princess Bride drawing this morning while trying to get an idea of how to move forward with it.

Basically I’m not enjoying where the drawing is currently. It has a bunch of problems and I can’t seem to get enough time to get clarity on all those problems. If I had some clarity I would create a plan.

I guess that is what I need to do next. Instead of drawing just sit down in front of the drawing for an hour and figure it all out before messing it up more.

Princess Bride drawing

Previous Princess Bride Drawing Posts


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Memory Gestures

The memory gestures exercise from The Natural Way to Draw hasn’t gotten any easier. Of course I don’t do them very often, but today I felt like it was the first time.

Daily Composition and Sketch

I drew my landlord and a small kid trying to hang some lights in her front tree for Halloween. Then a sketch of an ab roller from a stock image.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I pulled back to larger shape focus for the Princess Bride drawing and actually practiced some of the methods Nicolaides teaches. I put the image I’m working from behind me so I had to turn my head to look at it and capture the essentials. That really helped me to see many value errors.

What needs work? What did you learn?

I need to get some direction on the Princess Bride drawing.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Tomorrow, before drawing, I’m going to sit and write down a clear plan for moving forward on this drawing.

Session Details

  • Session: 2806
  • Work: 1740
  • Width: 16"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2.25
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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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