Over an hour of drawing and nothing to show for it. I’m demanding perfection from myself, and if I don’t give it, start over.

Today I wanted to try out a change in my canvas surface because I felt that the last painting’s surface was very dry and scratchy, but I didn’t have any Gesso for the canvas board and I didn’t want to wait six months for an oil prime to dry, so I just used some red acrylic paint that I had. UGH!!! I will be getting some Gesso after I throw this canvas out, it is way too slick and the color is killing me.

Well, I drew for 1 hour and 15 minutes today and marked out everything. The problem is that I didn’t get the major shapes down before I started in on the details and I was really hurting for it. In most cases I couldn’t even see the bigger shapes. Below I did some Photoshop work to help me with that.

My first attempt tonight before wiping it out.
second attempt at drawing tonight, I wiped this one out right after taking the photo.


the setup

My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color


Drawing comparison of the second attempt
finding the major shapes on the figure.
finding the major shapes on the figure.

How can I improve the drawing

I was actually closer on the drawing then I thought, o well, its gone now. Doesn’t really bother me, I want it perfect, and repetition is the best way.


  • Session: 31
  • Work: 24
  • Width: 8"
  • Height: 10"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.25
  • 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."