Samwise: Finished

I’m very happy with this drawing of Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee.

Of course after seeing the photos of the drawing I noticed some issues right away but I feel that I could work on a drawing forever, always trying to make it perfect. It may be more beneficial to work on starting new drawing and painting rather than working all the time on finishing.

As Robert Henri says. “The value of repeated studies of beginnings of a painting cannot be over-estimated. Those who cannot begin do not finish”

I started out the day with a whole bunch of gestures and one sheet of cross-contours also.

What went well?

Lots of drawing today, and a really nice drawing of Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee

What didn’t go so well?

I need to remember to always take a photo of my work and see it on my phone before calling it finished. This process always exposes errors.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

Gestures and especially cross-contour drawings take a lot of willpower to complete. To be honest, they’re boring, but this is part of deliberate practice and improving my ability to stick with it. Not only am I training myself to be a better artists but I’m training my focus and willpower which may be the most important skill in our current time.

Session Details

  • Session: 2610
  • Work: 1677
  • Width: 14"
  • Height: 17"
  • Medium: Graphite, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 3.5
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher 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."

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  1. “I need to remember to always take a photo of my work and see it on my phone before calling it finished. This process always exposes errors.”


    I saw a feature on some news channel a while back about an atelier in Florence. The only piece of technology it allows is a mirror so that you can look at your drawing or painting from a different perspective, allowing you to see the errors before calling it “done.” The phone does the same thing, and I often forgot to use it in this way myself.

    Great work on Samwise Gamgee! By way of coincidence, I’m reading the LOTR at the moment, and as the book relates to the movie, I think Sean Astin’s Sam is very close to what Tolkien had in mind for the character. While I love both the books and the movies, I don’t think the other movie characters really reflect Tolkien’s idea for them.

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