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Still Life Drawings: Definition & Examples – Bring your sketches to life

by Fritzjames Stephen
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If you’ve just discovered your skills in art and would like to take it a notch higher, try still life drawings. If you are new to this area of the subject read through for some tips.

What is Still Life Art?

Non-living objects are placed on a table in a certain manner which brings meaning to the visual. The artist then begins to sketch this picture. Sri Lankan paintings seen at the Sri Lankan Art Gallery also include such art.

Start off with transparent objects

Begin your sketch pretending that the objects are transparent. Pencil out a wireframe of each object so that its shape is very clear and sharp. Remember to keep the sketches very light, this way mistakes can be easily erased and corrected.

Create an interesting composition

The next step is the positioning of your objects. Wireframing can help your picture turn out as accurate as possible. Once you’ve decided on how your shading will work, gently erase the lines of construction.

Adding details in line

Lightly sketch the lines to depict the shadows cast by the objects and intricate shapes that may appear on the object. If this is done properly, you will find the task of shading much easier.

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