Drawing Workshop: Still life drawings

5.10.15

Likewise with our very first drawing workshop with Brian, in this lesson we practiced drawing still life objects of our own. I practiced drawing a small glass bottle of perfume as I felt it provided a lot of potential for different shading tones. Whilst doing this I considered the orientation of the subject, meaning that I positioned the bottle in a way that would add to the finished drawing (considering the direction of the light onto the bottle etc.) We then swapped objects with our neighbor and practiced drawing something else using a different drawing material, in this case I used a Biro pen.

Following this, Brian got us to draw up to four markings on an A3 piece of paper, this could be a shape, or simple line markings. We rotated clockwise and continued to make more markings on other students paper. By continuously doing this, eventually some kind of picture was formed on each piece of paper as our imaginations would have seen a potential picture in within the lines. I suppose this taught us to see potential in the smallest things, and then use our skills to turn it into something practical I.e when coming up with an interior plan for a client from scratch.

Let’s have a look!

Starting with just a few different shapes, the imaginations of the designers turned these silly little markings into what looks like a fish! sweet.
Starting with just a few different shapes, the imaginations of the designers turned these silly little markings into what looks like a fish! sweet.
It isn't quite clear what the table wanted this to be, but whatever it is, we managed to create a nice positive space through our markings! And that's what the process is all about!
It isn’t quite clear what the table wanted this to be, but whatever it is, we managed to create a nice positive space through our markings! And that’s what the process is all about!
And again... what is this? the Egyptian pyramids?
And again… what is this? the Egyptian pyramids?

The still life

what is still life?

For anybody who has been to university, you will understand that it is quite hard to keep up with every single thing which your professor throws at you when explaining a subject, however, i am going to try and explain how we went about the next task.

This task involved drawing three objects together. Brian gave an example by placing a yogurt pot, a phone, and a small toy monkey juxtaposed together, increasing the difficulty of getting the perspective for each object. He also gave an example of arraying perspective with a tube of toothpaste.

Brian was trying to show how we could represent perspective using a variety of different objects. As you can see to the right he showed how we can show perspective within a group of objects, and then further this by outlining the drawing as a whole.
Brian was trying to show how we could represent perspective using a variety of different objects. As you can see to the right he showed how we can show perspective within a group of objects, and then further this by outlining the drawing as a whole.
Tube of toothpaste example. We must first establish the view point angle which we are viewing the object from, and then illustrate the object in a way which convinces the viewer of this perspective.
Tube of toothpaste example. We must first establish the view point angle which we are viewing the object from, and then illustrate the object in a way which convinces the viewer of this perspective.
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