I have to remember to use an old cheap brush for a block-in like this. I tend to scumble a lot and it is really hard on the brush.

For the recline block-in I use thin paint, or more accurately, little paint on the brush sometimes thinned and scumble it over the figure. I keep it thin because I don’t want to have to deal with the tick paint later when I put layers of other paint over. The block-in is all about establishing correct values and colors. But, don’t forget drawing, that is always a part of it throughout the process.

I also try to think about the form and how the values roll over the figure giving it it’s solid quality. I try to position the strokes so it enhances the form and makes it looks like it recedes into space. This is the hard part for me. I still have a hard time figuring out the planes and the transitions between them. For the next session I may do a charcoal drawing of this figure and see if I can create the planes, maybe map them out and use them as a guide for the painting.

Recline Block-in
Recline Block-in
Recline Block-in , setup


  • Session: 1504
  • Work: 1217
  • Width: 16"
  • Height: 12"
  • Medium: Oil
  • 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."