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 Composition?

Composition means combining various elements of a drawing or painting into a satisfactory whole.  A good composition will hold the viewers interest and will encourage the viewer to look around the piece and notice all the details after the initial impact.  So what makes a good composition?

There is a theory called the ‘Rule of Thirds’, this idea is that subjects should be placed in one of the thirds of the piece to create interest.  Subjects in the middle of an artwork are thought to be less interesting.

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