How Do I Plan a Still Life?

A word ‘still life’ means painting or drawing inanimate objects (things that are not living).  Still life is often seen as dull, but it is important when you are learning to draw. I think still life is the best place to start if you are a beginner because the items don’t move and you  have some choice of how difficult to make a still life.

There are all sorts of challenges in any still life such as shape, proportions, texture, viewpoints and you can draw from real life.  Therefore still life is really good for developing observational drawing skills.

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What is Negative and Positive Space?

You might have heard the terms negative and positive space in art books or in art classes but what does it mean?  This is a key topic when you are learning to draw and paint and it is important to understand more about negative and positive space.  Having a working understanding of what negative and positive space is and how to use it to your advantage will make drawing easier and enhance your work.

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