So this was a good lesson in drawing. Because the drawing is off the smile in my portrait doesn’t look very authentic at all. I definitely need to practice this more.


I thought it would be really hard to hold a smile for more than an hour but I actually wasn’t smiling the whole entire time. There was no need to smile when I was working on my hair, background or forehead. I think if I spent a lot more time on the reductive start to this painting and got the drawing just perfect it would turn out much better. This is another thing I need to practice, a really long term painting in which I work for days just on the drawing, setup and composition.


The Setup



  • Session: 363
  • Work: 352
  • Width: 9"
  • Height: 12"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Self portrait in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • 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."