I have designated Fridays as my portrait study day. Tonight I worked on some quick head lay-ins during the warmup, then I moved onto more detailed yet quick drawings of heads then finally finished with a very detailed drawing of a portrait from photo.

I have found Pinterest to have a wealth of information that I can pull from. I have a few boards where I collect photos and information on figures, anatomy, portraits and pure inspiration. Tonight I picked out a  portrait photo that had very high contrast to make it easier to pull out the planes of the head. I feel that getting the structure of the head correct is paramount before focusing on too much detail.

Portrait Study: Warmup
Portrait Study: quick and simple heads
Quick and simple heads

These quick head sketches were also done from photos I found on Pinterest.

Portrait Study: Long drawing setup
Long Drawing setup


  • Session: 1022
  • Work: 859
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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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."