Still Life Drawing

by - May 25, 2020


 Still Life Drawing

Medium: Pencil color



still life drawing:

still life is a drawing or painting that focuses on still objects. The subject matter

is inanimate and never moves, typically with a focus on household objects,flowers, or fruits.

To draw a still life the first thing you need to do is finding a still life composition to draw. You can find photos of different objects in magazines, books, or online. However, drawing from life provides the artist with more accurate details and information.

Drawing from a photo is not the same. Try to set up your own composition.


Look around the house for everyday things, like pots, pans, fruits, vegetables, utensils, etc. If you are a beginner, choose objects with simple shapes; avoid things that are too complicated or ornate. Once you have mastered simple objects you can choose more challenging ones.

Have a specific light source, not multiple lamps or overhead lighting, your light should come from one source, and possible not straight down or front. The goal is to get a strong contrast between your highlights and your shades. You can use sunlight, but keep in mind that it changes with time. If you use a lamp, make sure the light from windows is not interfering
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When you work with multiple objects, set them up so they overlap. As a general rule avoid placing objects so that their edges barely touch. Overlapping adds visual interest, and defines depths, making clear what is in front and what is in the back. It's OK if a few objects are isolated or a couple barely touch: it's good to keep it varied.

Walk around your still life to find the most interesting angle. Even if you are drawing one single object, there are always some views that are better than others. Try taking things out, adding others in, moving and tweaking. Play with the composition until you are satisfied with it.

When you are happy with your setup, you can start the fun part: drawing.

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