Between work and driving to Canada I managed to fit in a very quick and ugly self portrait.

Today is one of those days where even my minimum 30 minutes of drawing a day rule was hard to accomplish. I was super busy all day with work and preparing for our trip to Vancouver that all I had time for was looking in the mirror grabbing some willow and going to town.

Although I did have a goal, I wanted to see how the willow charcoal I just purchased worked on newsprint and I wanted to attempt a smiling pose.

The willow worked perfectly on newsprint and I found that drawing a smiling pose wasn’t near as hard as holding a smile for 30 minutes. Maybe I should smile more often and build up those muscles 🙂

The Drawing



  • Session: 199
  • Work: 195
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Self Portrait in apartment
  • Art Time: 0.5
  • 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."