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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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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