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Observational Drawing

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on 17 April 2016

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Transcript of Observational Drawing

Practice and practice Observational Drawing A still life is a drawing or painting of inanimate objects - such as fruit, pottery and flowers.

The artist has a chance to arrange these objects (unlike a landscape) in order to work out the composition of their artwork. In addition, they are a great way to practice and develop observational drawing techniques. How? TECHNIQUE: In any still life, you should start to draw the objects as if they are transparent wire frame forms with visible lines of construction. This technique helps you to be fully aware of the shape of each individual form and its position in relation to the other forms. It is important to sketch the objects lightly as this makes it easier to change any mistakes and erase any lines of construction. Look at what you are drawing This sounds obvious, but it is the most common error made by art students.
Many students attempt to draw things the way that they think they should look, rather than the way they actually do look. Draw from real objects whenever possible What?
Use grids, guidelines or rough forms to get the proportions right before you add details Tip 1: Tip 2: Tip 3: Example Light Source Light and shadows visually define objects. Before you can draw the light and shadows you see, you need to train your eyes to see like an artist.

Values are the different shades of gray between white and black. Artists use values to translate the light and shadows they see into shading, thus creating the illusion of a third dimension.
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