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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What are Ellipses?

Ellipses are notoriously difficult to represent but I can share a few tips that can help make them easier.  An ellipse is a collapsed circle and we have to draw and paint them often in still life.  Jugs, vases, cups, mugs, bowls all have ellipses.

The way we see the collapsed circle depends on where our eyes are:

Ellipses from different viewpoints
Ellipses from different viewpoints

Take notice of where your eyes are, are you looking down on the ellipse, is it at eye level or above?

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