The steps to drawing still life are:
1. Set tonal ground by using charcoal and blending it before starting the objects
2. Sketch loosely the main shapes of the object (triangles, circles, squares)
3. Then when you begin to shade make sure your eyes are on the object and paying attention on the lighting and how it reflects onto the objects.
4. When you find where to shade first do the lightest and darkest values first and then add the middle values
5.Then once you finish shading add curves to add realism.
In class we learned about cropping, framing, sketching, and shading. i used framing for my still life by having the main object being in the center. It also adds a over lapping effect which makes it look real. Before we rendered our objects we covered the entire page with a light coat of charcoal to use as a background for our objects. But i then realized that i shaded a little more than i should have and chose to erase around the objects to show contrast. For shading i found that it was easier for the shade of the objects, but as i went to shade for the reflection of the lights onto the object i struggled with the stuffed animal and the purse.
Artwork: Following the contour in shading with the stuffed animal, shadows, and erasing around the objects would need further refinement. As you can see in the stem of the tomato, shading and details have yet to be completed.
Blog post: This student did not properly crop the image to the edge of the picture plane (where the edge of the drawing ends). Formatting of a consistent font and the grammar in using 'i' needs to be addressed within the writing. In addition, the student did not provide successes and challenges to the project.