Even though I spent two hours on this small drawing working hard on the detail and accuracy it still seems stilted and un-natural. This is the same problem that I have seen many artists face. It’s all about keeping the life and energy within the subject while at the same time focusing down upon its details. I have heard many artists comment on studies for major work having more “energy” than the finished major work. Its difficult to retain the lively essence of a subject while focusing on accuracy, John Singer Sargent, one of my most favorite artists, does this well.



The Setup



The Subject



  • Session: 309
  • Work: 301
  • Width: 13"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Graphite
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 2
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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."