Sketching: Observational
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Paper or sketchbook
Drawing Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
An Eraser
Paper or sketchbook
Drawing Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
An Eraser
Still Life Objects
What is an Observational Sketch?
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Warm up by sketching basic shapes. Keep your wrist loose.
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Chose a subject. Whatever you see can be a subject for your observational sketch.
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A still life is an arrangement of inanimate objects. Still life is an easy subject for a beginner.
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Look at your subject carefully. Observe angles, size, proportions, light, shadow and textures.
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Proportion is the size of something in relation to others.
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Understanding Perspective is important when observing.
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Layout proportions with squares and rectangles. Apply elements of Perspective to your layout.
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Make sure to draw round or cylindrical objects with smooth elipses and curved bottoms.
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Make sure to draw round or cylindrical objects with smooth elipses and curved bottoms.
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Break down your objects into shapes.
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Erase layout lines.
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Add more details by varying line weight and filling in cast shadows.
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Add a texture or tone to the negative space (empty space/ background)
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Use a darker pencil to add texture, light and shadow with mark making techniques.
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Apply these steps to your observational sketching and practice everyday to improve!
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