Still life

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Still life

  1. 1. Still Life An exercise in composition
  2. 2. What is a Still Life? <ul><li>It is a collection of inanimate objects used by artist’s either as a tool to study the elements and principals of art or as the subject of a piece of fine art. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to Proceed <ul><li>Start with line. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is the skeleton of your work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay loose and light. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan your composition at this point. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to rearrange things. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This is the time to think things out. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Tips <ul><li>Visually divide you paper into 1/3rds vertically and horizontally. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to place things on these lines and try to place objects of interest on the intersection points. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t hit the bulls eye! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay away from the perfect center of the composition. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a view finder. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. How Do I Make Sense of It All? <ul><li>Sighting. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Angles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relative proportion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negative space. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>While holding you pencil extend your arm. </li></ul><ul><li>Close one eye. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide your thumb up or down the pencil to compare relative sizes of objects or to sight angles. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tips 2 <ul><li>Avoid detail until you are happy with the general composition. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General to specific. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t hang up the curtains before the foundation is poured. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>If you are happy with the composition start shading. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General to specific. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See above. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Shading Tips <ul><li>Study the shadows and highlights (both!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every shadow and highlight has </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shape </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Density </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edge (hard or soft) </li></ul></ul></ul>

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