Still-Life #2 - The Three C's - Cereal Boxes, Carbohydrates, & Condiments

Due Thursday, 11/20 - P2 B; Friday, 11/221 - P2 W, P3, P5 W

Purpose: To complete still-life drawing, in which you:
  • Find the correct proportions of objects
  • Find the relationship between objects
  • Find the objects’ relative positions in space
  • Use a variety of marks to define the forms
  • Add value to show three-dimensions

You will use three (3) objects:
  1. A Cereal box or a similar sized box (rice, pasta, etc)
  2. A Carbohydrate, such as bread, english muffin, bagel ( be creative - you may use a couple slices of bread, position one bagel leaning on another)
  3. A Condiment, such as ketchup, mustard, olive oil, salad dressing

In other words, you should have three different objects that differ in height, size, and shape.

You should:
  • Use a strong light source. Shut overhead lights off and use a lamp or flashlight.
  • Draw as close to life size as your page will allow.
  • Orient your page vertically
  • Stand the cereal box and condiment up. Do NOT lay them on their sides.
  • Position the three objects so that they OVERLAP each other
  • As you begin your drawing, mark location points to help you figure out proportions and placement of objects on the page.
  • Use line variation/sensitivity (light/dark, thin/thick) to indicate the light source, the structure, and detail.
  • Define the shapes of your objects by adding value (NOT SMUDGING). Look back in your sketchbook for inspiration from the work of van Gogh or other artists. See what strategies they used to create values.
  • Use subtle changes in value; look carefully at your still-life to see the changes. Make your darks dark and keep lights light; your overall drawing should not look gray.

Pencil, eraser
Three objects

Add a fourth organic form to your still life.