Last week I setup my easel in my living room and painted a view into my kitchen to study perspective. But afterwards I felt that I could have learned more if I wasn’t worrying about the oil paint along with the drawing. So tonight I setup something simple, but it turned out to be a deceptively difficult still life.
My first drawing didn’t go so well. I have a tendency to get too detailed at the beginning and I suffer for it shortly into the drawing. The first drawing went off the left side of the page and all the proportions of the boxes were way off.
Yeah as you can see the first drawing didn’t go so well. But it was a good study for the next drawing.
Deceptively Difficult Still Life Second Drawing
Here I’m at the end of this drawing more or less. All I have to do now is clean it up and add some value. This drawing went so much better because I focused on the general larger shapes of the still life as a whole, but still getting each line as accurate as I could. Then I picked a particular object, the most foreground box, and rendered it in detail. Then I used this object as a comparison for all other object around it and also slowly working outwards from it.
I wanted to put down some value because I felt like I needed some practice adding value with my charcoal pencils. Every time I’m drawing the figure and I add value I don’t like the outcome. What i have discovered is that these charcoal pencils have more burs in the charcoal then I would like and getting an even plane of value is difficult.
Not taking into account the distortion from my iPhone I feel I was very accurate in my drawing.