Tonight I focused on the fundamentals, but I didn’t do much drawing because I was watching videos from New Masters Academy. I just signed up for this online resource today and I was anxious to get started on some lessons. One thing I’ve never been afraid of was returning to the most basic principals of art.

I always have to remind myself that I’m never to good at anything to warrant not practicing the fundamentals. No matter how well I can render a lemon I still benefit from reviewing cross contour drawing. Actually, I feel that if I haven’t mastered all these fundamentals yet and if I spend more time to master them that it would improve all aspects of my art tremendously. Most of the struggle that I have with the figure I think stems from not knowing the fundamentals extremely well.

So, I know it looks boring, but here is what I did tonight, simple drawings of objects, focusing on their cross contours and the best way to use those contours to describe the form in space.

Still Life fundamentals: setup


  • Session: 1130
  • Work: 956
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 0.5
  • Creative Time:



One Response

  1. Back to principles is similar to “Back to Kindergarten” in fitness and animal training. It never hurts to have reminder sessions of how far you’ve come. And I STILL enjoy a lecture on the basics of enrichment or operant conditioning. They are cornerstones.
    I’m glad you got the course. You will surely receive some great lessons and inspiration from it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

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."