Why You Shouldn’t Forget the Background!

One of the most common mistakes beginner learners make when they start drawing and painting is forgetting about the background.  I see a lot of ‘floating’ jars of flowers, pots, vases and figures in the beginner classes.  The background should not be forgotten.  I will explain why:

Part of the Story

The background puts the subject in context and can ‘tell the story’ of what is happening.  For example if a figure is sitting on a sofa we know why their posture is a certain way, it would be different if they were sat on an upright chair for example.

There is useful tonal  information in the background which can help bring depth and tonal value to the subject.  Shadows are important for telling the observer that the subject is three dimensional and will tell us more about the lighting conditions.

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4 Everyday Objects Worth Drawing

I often get asked ‘what should I draw?’ I think drawing anything is worthwhile but there are some objects that are useful to draw and everyone can get hold of.  I explain why these objects are good for teaching certain skills.

Pots, Jars and Vases

You may think these are a bit dull to draw but they are can develop your observational drawing skills. Everyone has these at home too so they are something you can easily find.  They are good for learning ellipses (circles in perspective) see my post What are Ellipses? if you would like to know more about ellipses.

Try drawing different sized pots, jars and vases and you can practice shapes and comparative proportions (how tall or wide something is in comparison to something else).

Jars, pots and vases are great for proportion and shape skills
Jars, pots and vases are great for proportion and shape skills

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