Eleven Drawing Almost Done

I thought this Eleven drawing was done today but I got some wonderful feedback from Pattie, so I’m going to make some changes to it.

The Eggo logos weren’t as hard as I thought they were. Drawing Eleven’s portrait was 10 times harder. I used some guiding from Photoshop by comparing the drawing with the photo in overlay, to make sure that I got the logos close enough to be instantly recognizable.

Pattie pointed out that Eleven looks a bit larger than she should be and I agree. I was pulling directly from the photo and the back of her baggy shirt she is wearing has ballooned up a bit. This will be a great chance for me to practice departing from the photo in order to improve my message. I also have a couple other changes I want to make to the Eleven Drawing.

Eleven drawing almost done

Previous Eleven Drawing Posts

Today’s Gestures

I limited my gesture time to 15 1 minute gestures today. I’m getting back to doing the warm-up daily also.

In this set of gestures I was also trying to practice different sizes of gestures. Not only does it fill the page well, but it also give good practice with being fluid with my lines in different sizes of figures.

Today’s Daily Composition

Pattie and I went on a long walk down in Fairhaven Washington on an Interurban trail. At one point in the trail, which was covered by forest, the trail goes super straight and you can see forever. I was able to capture the idea super quickly in my sketch book.

Daily composition #2

What went well?

Art done early! It’s great to be creative first thing in the morning.

What didn’t go so well?

I didn’t have a lot of energy to spend on art this morning due to some sleep challenges last night.

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

Keep working the gestures with different sizes and continually use my cell phone to check my drawing for changes.


  1. Regarding Nicolaides: You’re obviously not following the 3-hr/5-day schedule of the book. I’d love to hear how you have applied/modified his schedule?

    • Great question Jeff!
      Yeah I can’t work three hours a day on the exercises from this book, I have too many other things going on that I wan to accomplish in a day. The daily 3 hour blocks are broken up into 30 min, 15 min and 1 hour sections. I basically break each day into 30 minute sections. For example the next to complete for me is Schedule 5, column b, last row, 1 hour of modeled drawings in in ink. I’ll do this one today. But, I’ll probably also shorten this one into 30 minutes of modeled ink drawings. I’m working on building up my endurance for some of these exercises.

      I’m not worried too much about completing each schedule exactly how it is laid out. Some items I have trouble completing due to lack of interest or a few I can’t complete because they call for situations I can’t produce, such as the “moving action” exercise, unless I can get my wife to pose 🙂

      For these I circle them and hope to come back to them at some point.

      This is the thing about learning art, and anything for that matter, especially when organized into a training manual. There is a tendency for students to think, “All I have to do is get though the book, and I’m done, I’ve learned it”. But in reality, these practices need to continue for the life of your art making, probably not with the same daily consistency but like I pointed out in my review of Peak by Anders Ericsson. We need to constantly practice upkeep on everything we learn.

      Exactness now is much less important than longevity for the rest of my life.

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