Still Life With Colored Pencils
13 STEPS
Gather materials: paper, colored pencils, sharpener and an eraser. Also grab some fruit!
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You can mix and blend colored pencils to create more colors.
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Some useful terms for mixing and describing color.
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Neutral colors are useful. You’ll need to blend with them to make the colors in your still life.
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Arrange the fruit to make a composition you like.
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Pick a middle to lighter value neutral color to start outlining the basic forms.
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Start by outlining the general shapes of the objects paying attention to negative space and overlap.
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Lay in the “local color.” That’s the overall color of the objects.
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Use the colored pencils to shade, adding lighter and darker values by varying the pressure.
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There will be a core shadow, cast shadow, highlight and reflected light on each object.
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Color may bounce off of whatever is nearby. Look for that reflected color!
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Build up color and shading. Try to add cool and complimentary colors in shadows.
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Reflect on your drawing. What do you like? What would you do differently next time?
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