A still life is simply a group of objects arranged together to form a composition. It can be in the form of a photograph, painting or drawing. Still life is a basic exercise for drawing and painting. It is taught at initial levels of Fine Art teachings.
Still life is most useful when learning how to look at objects, their outlines, shape, proportions, tone and composition. When your eyes and hands are in tune to draw what you see, it allows you to accurately put that image on paper and enhance your drawing abilities.
This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to create a still life using pencils.
In this post, we will demonstrate how to draw a dog using graphite pencils. As always, starting with the appropriate tools is essential to successful artwork. For this particular piece, I have used a pencil sharpener to create graphite powder for shading, a mechanical eraser, a blending stump, a facial tissue or cotton swab, and graphite pencils (2B, H, H3/H4 and HB). Let’s look at some of these tools in detail. (more…)
This tutorial will explain step-by-step how to draw hands using colored pencils. However, before starting our drawing, I want to take a step back and discuss how to effectively use colored pencils for any sketch. Take note of the initial tutorials as they will be referred to once we begin drawing our hands.
Unlike graphite pencils, colored pencils cannot be erased, so it is very important to draw carefully, particularly in the darker areas. When using colored pencils, it’s best to draw tentatively, start lightly, and if it looks good, color over the same area pressing down harder. The choice of color pencils is also important to the sketch quality. Buy good brand of colored pencils and smooth paper. We recommend Polychromos 36 Pencil Metal Tin Set by Faber-Castell. (more…)
When you worry, you get stressed. And stressing over problems never seems to help solve them. We mull over what’s going on, we think through all the bad possibilities and outcomes based on the inputs in our lives, and we end up stressed. And stress doesn’t help anything. You need a way to deal with the stress. Do yourself a favor and grab a pencil and paper and let’s work on decreasing the stress level in your life. (more…)
Drawing and sketching can be difficult for some, and people with no formal experience in these skills often seem to think themselves no good at art. But, like any other skill, good principles of drawing can be learned and acquired by those who are willing and patient enough to practice and who truly do want to draw. If you’re interested in learning how to draw, then consider looking into one of these books, designed specifically for beginners and written by professionals. In addition to their helpful techniques and easy-to-follow guides, each book in this list is well-reviewed by critics and customers, and was published within the last decade to stay up-to-date and reflect some of the most current trends in drawing and art. These books may be exactly what you need to help get you started on your path to amazing artistic ability! (more…)
Landscape drawing is capturing a scene from nature, and drawing it on paper. Scenery drawing has always been attractive and pleasing to all art lovers.
Planning the Landscape:
Most landscapes are drawn and painted in a horizontal ‘picture plane’. A ‘picture plane’ is referred to the paper or canvas you are drawing upon.
Composition is critical in order for a landscape to look appealing upon completion, and is thus the key to any good scenic work of art. It is important to know where to begin when drawing a landscape. If all the elements to be drawn are placed right, the final product will end up being a well-composed picture. When you are drawing on the spot, and standing at a point to draw, you tend to admire the whole scene and want to place it all on your paper or canvas. This, however, should not be attempted. Only a part of the scene should be chosen and depicted in a drawing. It is also good to take photos of the spot to better choose your composition. (more…)
First things first, when beginning any work of art, it’s important that you have the right tools for the job. For this demonstration we will be sketching a portrait and I recommend: at least two kinds of pencils. If you don’t draw regularly, you may not be aware that pencil graphite comes in various densities allowing for greater variety when sketching. In the image below I explain the different nuances from hardest to softest graphite:
Being inspired is much easier said than done. It can be challenging at times to find the right mood and drive to get the creative juices flowing. If you are an illustrator working on a major project or you just have to draw something specific for an upcoming project, there are methods for pulling in the inspiration you need to get the job done. Here are just a few examples of how to stimulate the senses and find your own creative muse. (more…)
Why Should You Learn How to Draw?
There are many good reasons for learning how to draw sketches of buildings, objects or people. While many individuals seem to have a natural ability for drawing, others must learn the process from an expert. Anyone interested in learning this artistic skill should begin today to explore their options. You are never too young or old to begin to develop creative skills using pencil, pens or chalk to draw portraits, scenery or abstract artwork. (more…)
As this site explores various different aspects of drawing, I find it very important to understand some of the basic concepts of drawing whether you are just starting out or if you use this is a refresher as a more developed artist.
I found a beginner technique online (from Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner by Claire Watson) to understand the importance of lines in space. After all, that is what our sketches become, a series of lines in space that convey an object, emotion, scene, or person. In addition to understanding lines, it also is a good exercise for hand-eye coordination in order to begin to focus on what you see and not what you know (more on that topic in blog post “Blind Contouring”). (more…)