I’m not sure if I will return to my previous figure painting. I was attempting something different and I really wasn’t excited about the look of it. Today I started a new painting of a female figure in a style similar to my previous figure paintings on gray.

After 1 hour of drawing, I barely have the top half of the figure finished. I tend to work much slower when doing a preliminary drawing for an oil painting it seems. At this point in a painting, I feel that accuracy is the most important. Countless times I have seen that inaccurate drawing within the first 5 minutes of a work will ruin the next 30 hours of work.

New Day, New Figure Painting, setup

I’m using charcoal on acrylic gessoed Strathmore¬†watercolor paper.


  • Session: 1349
  • Work: 1167
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 15"
  • 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."