After the Emerald City Comicon we got home pretty late, but I still managed to do a painting anyway. I feel great about that, but I’m tired so this post is brief.

Home late after the Emerald City Comicon, so I will make this brief.

I reverted to easier subject matter, and I included value again, but not color. I’m also working a bit on edges. Still focusing mainly on drawing though. This entire painting felt good, I knew that I had made some drawing mistakes but became too lazy to change. I like that I knew how the drawing comparison would turn out before I even did the Photoshop comparison tonight though.




My hierarchy of painting importance

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



How can I improve the drawing

I knew, before I even finished the painting that the apple was too high, I just didn’t want to change it.

I worked hard on the banana stem, so I”m glad that turned out accurate. The curve of the banana seemed much harder to get accurate than I thought. The subtle curve was so long that it was super difficult to measure correctly.



How can I improve the values?

It has been a bit since I did some focus on value. This one turned out pretty far off the mark. What I have noticed during my paintings is that I push the lighter colors too far most of the time. Things would work better if I painted everything just a bit darker than what I actually thought. That would allow me to have the very top most range of values open for highlights or punches.


I still need to get an edge comparison layout going in Photoshop, anyway, I felt pretty good with the edges although I have not analyzed my accuracy at all.


  • Session: 36
  • Work: 26
  • Width: 8"
  • Height: 10"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Still Life in apartment
  • Art Time: 2
  • 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."