Still Life Drawing
12 STEPS
Gather supplies: fruit, pencils, erasers, paper, sharpener and a paper towel.
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Some information about materials.
2
Arrange fruit in a way that looks interesting to you. Try for variety in size and overall value.
3
Use the full value scale in your drawing. When each value blends to the next, that’s a gradient.
4
Transform 2d shapes into 3d forms.
5
Keep building value to make lines into edges where gradients meet.
6
General tips on how to start articulating the shapes in your still life.
7
Notice where your main light source is coming from as it creates the highlights and cast shadows.
8
Create a full value drawing: lay out value, outline shapes, add value, and erase highlights.
9
Create the illusion of 3D by including highlights, a core shadow, cast shadows and reflected light.
10
Continue to build up values as you go. Draw with both your pencil and your eraser.
11
Self reflection: are you happy with the result? Did you use the full value scale?
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