Learn to Draw a Real Life Still LIfe
What you'll learn
- How to identify a "real life" still life
- How to compose a still life
- How to draw a still life with a single line
- How to use loose, expressive watercolor to complete a simple still life
- Beginning or intermediate art skills
If you like to sketch from life, you probably draw street scenes, landscapes, people, and architecture—but do you ever stumble across a still life in real life?
It could be a vase and salt and pepper shakers on the table in a café, a produce stand at a farmer’s market, or an arrangement of pumpkins on your neighbor’s porch.
In this class, we’ll explore the kinds of still life subjects you encounter in real life, and learn how to make the most of:
· Interesting linework
· Vivid colors
· Dynamic compositions
· Strong contrast between shapes, colors, and values
In three sections, we’ll try three different approaches:
· First, we’ll draw a simple arrangement on a table in a restaurant, done with a single drawing pen and watercolor. We’ll take an unusual approach to this one—we’re going to draw the entire scene with just one line, never lifting our pen from the paper.
· Second, we’ll draw a produce stand using bold, black ink and a strong graphic style.
· Third, we’ll paint an arrangement of pumpkins on a neighbor’s porch in a lively mixed media style.
You’ll be able to explore a wide range of materials, including watercolor, gouache, ink, colored pencil, and marker. And if you don’t have all those supplies, don’t worry! I’m going to give you lots of options in each section so that you can work with whatever you have.
By the end of the class, I hope you’ll appreciate how rewarding it can be to add still life to your art practice to help tell the story of your everyday environment and the world around you.
Who this course is for:
- Basic and intermediate artists
I'm the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Girl Waits with Gun. I've been a full-time author for twenty years, and in that time my books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.
I love talking to writers and artists, and bonding over the creative process. I started teaching so that I can inspire others to take the leap.
I believe that writing, drawing, and painting are all teachable skills. Forget about talent--it doesn't exist, and you don't need it. With some quality instruction and lots of practice, any of us can make meaningful, honest, and unique art and literature.
When I'm not writing or traveling on book tour, I'm painting and drawing in ink, watercolor, gouache, and oil. Come find me on my website or on Instagram to stay connected.