I definitely a regular at the Wednesday life drawing session at Artist and Craftsman supply. Its a great class and I look forward to it every week.

Jamie had us doing some exercises today to get us out of our comfort zone, something that I need to do more often. Basically we had to think of any way to draw that was different from the current way that we usually draw and do it. First I decided to draw nothing but the negative space strictly linear then I did a drawing focused on nothing but form through the shadow shapes, and on the last two I blocked out a space with charcoal and used an eraser to capture the contour of the figure. I was definitely out of my confort zone, the drawing turned out terrible and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing while drawing them. I will have to do this more, its important to shake things up every now and then.

Jamie keeps pushing me to think about subject matter, and I appreciate it. I think about my end goal for my artwork very often, but I take my time. I’m in no rush to start making my final paintings, I’m enjoying just honing my skills. I hope that in the future I will be good enough so I don’t have to constantly think about rendering, that it will just happen, and all my thoughts will be wrapped up in emotion over the subject matter.

The Drawings

2 min pose
2 min pose
2 minute poses, two with a different drawing technique
2 minute poses with a different drawing technique
1 hour drawing
30 minute drawing


  • Session: 152
  • Work: 151
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal, Sanguine
  • Location: A&C Art Supply life drawing
  • Art Time: 2.5
  • 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."