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 are the Key Skills I need to learn to Draw?

Often I get asked by beginner learners who are very keen to learn art ‘what are the most important skills I need?’  There are many skills involved in being good at art so it is really difficult for me to answer this question.  However I do think that there are some fundamental skills in drawing that once learnt can go a long way to help you build a foundation to develop your skills on.

I was set the challenge last year to create a short course in drawing and painting which only had the absolute ‘nuts and bolts’ in it and nothing else.  After editing and revising many drafts I was able to come up with a list of the absolute essential skills and these were the areas I identified.

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