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.

22513a
My first attempt tonight before wiping it out.
22513b
second attempt at drawing tonight, I wiped this one out right after taking the photo.

Overview

22513b-setup
the setup

My hierarchy of painting importance

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

Drawing

22513b-drawing
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.

Details

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

Categories

Painting

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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."