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Still life drawing demonstration and shading was added over the Still life drawingshading we already put down, look at the shading inside the mug you will find that it is darker than the outside this is because a small enclosure like this catches shadow rather like a mouse hole.


 

Still life drawingHere darker shading was added to the end of the top book and more form has been added to the outside of the mug by adding curving lines showing its form.



 

Still life drawingIf you look at an orange or any round object it has more than one form, if you can imagine a theatrical stage and on this stage there are vertical curtains, one at the front of the stage and more curtains at intervals receding back till finally there is a curtain right at the back of the stage. Look at the orange and if you held up a curtain vertically so it just touches the front part of the orange then this is the front plane of the orange which here is in shade. From this vertical front plane the orange recedes back where you can see reflected light to the left and right of the orange (Another vertical curtain) then look at the highlight on top of the orange (Another vertical curtain). I hope you can understand that any solid round object has depth from front to back so we have to use methods to describe this form so that we achieve this depth or volume. You can do this with your pencil strokes describing the form of the orange by drawing curving lines in the direction of the form to achieve tone and depth.

 

Still life drawingHere I am drawing in the glasses more accurately following the angled line I put in earlier and more darker shading has been added to the end of the lower book and orange with directional lines I described earlier in the above example.



 

Still life drawingThe shadow of the orange on the table was added and it is important to look at the direction of this shadow from the light source which is coming from above and from the right, darker shading has been added to the end of the lower book and the orange. Never have both sides of a square or rectangular shape the same tone, the near right side of the lower book behind the orange is receiving more light than the left front end of the book which is darker thereby giving the rectangular shape of the book more three dimensionality. Notice the darker shadow from the centre top part of the top book falling on top of the lower book.

 

Still life drawingAnd here we have the finished sketch which has been made darker in the shadow areas and also a darker line has been added to the front edge of the book nearest us and also to the orange because these objects are at the front of the still life so need to be brought out to us more. This still life took around 30 minutes to draw and is quite a relaxed quick sketch and I could have concentrated more on detail and made my shading more accurate and neater but it is only a sketch to show how I construct a still life with just a few objects. We hope you have enjoyed this still life drawing. Buy the Still Life DVD here >>


 

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