I setup the model a bit different today at the open studio. We usually put the model on a dark background but today I switched it all to white.

Honestly I was thinking that an all white background wouldn’t work in life drawing but it went really well. All the cast shadows and differences in light was very nice. I also lit the model with two lights, one on either side of her and that increased the interest in the shadows. Although you can’t tell much from my drawing, it was a really nice pose.

Life Drawing, gestures
20 minutes of gestures
Life Drawing, 20 min
20 minute drawing



  • Session: 1478
  • Work: 1211
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
  • Art Time: 3
  • 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."