Still Life Drawing for Beginners

Still Life Drawing For Beginners

Known for being a cheeky and exciting hen party favourite, we’re going to go over the basics of still life drawing for beginners and show you how to channel your inner artist!

This popular activity has exploded in popularity across the UK and abroad in recent years, with more and more people trying their hand at drawing still life. Whether you’re a complete novice or you've had a go at one of our life drawing classes before, we’re going to show you how to draw still life and how fun it can really be.

Draw Outline & Construction Lines

Draw Outline & Construction Lines

When starting out your first still life drawing, try and picture the object or person in front of you as a wireframe outline. This may seem obvious, but this is a basic step that many don’t follow and often results in giving up altogether! Start by marking the outline of the subject, then adding supporting vertical & horizontal lines to mark symmetry, midway points, etc. These will act as references and helps you build a structure for your drawing.

Pay Attention to Scene Composition

Pay Attention to Scene Composition

Whether you’re drawing pears or people, keep a close eye on what makes up your scene. Pay extra attention to things like shadows, tone, shape and texture. This may be a lot to remember, so its important to take a little bit of time to actually study what you’re looking at before you begin drawing.

Remove Construction Lines

Remove Construction Lines

Okay, so you’ve got still life object to draw and you’ve studied your scene. Once you’ve covered the first two steps, you can go ahead and gently remove the construction lines you pencilled in before. What you should be left with on your paper is a strong outline of your subject/s. Now its time to get into the tougher steps!

Sketch in the Details

Sketch in the Details

Referring back to step 2, lightly sketch in the detail lines where shadows and reflections are clearly visible. As you go along with this step, you will find that your still life sketch begins to make more sense as your objects start to take a 3D form. Remember, the more time and effort you put into this step, the easier the shading process will be.

Add Shading to your Life Drawing Sketch

Add Shading to your Life Drawing Sketch

Now that your detail lines are in place and you’ve defined where shadows begin & end, its time to get into the shading process. For this step, focus on adding shading to the subject/s, rather than the entire picture.

Add Additional Shading Around Your Subject

Add Additional Shading Around Your Subject

 By this point, you will have shaded in your life drawing sketch subject, so now its time to fill in the shadows and reflections in the spaces in-between. This step further accentuates your objects, giving them a more defined 3D look. Just remember not to overlook this step, as the shading both inside and outside the subject/s are both meant to complement each other.

Re-Focus on Shading

Re-Focus on Shading

If you did a good job on step 5, this part will be a bit easier for you! Focusing on tone, contrast and the depth of shadows, shade in the darker areas more than you would in the lighter areas. Just make sure you don’t go overboard on one particular section; keep focused on the entire still life sketch, ensuring you don’t neglect any other part of your scene. Remember; each part is equally important when it comes to the final product!

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