Still Life Drawing Courses

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Still life drawing, also known as observational drawing, is creating an image with lines by utilizing visual references in reality as a guide. They can be either real-life references, such as a landscape or person in front of you, or photo references. Examples of still life drawing include a bowl of fruit on a table, a portrait of a person as they sit in front of you, or a beautiful landscape. Mastery of still life drawing comes from learning to dramatize and exaggerate, as well as add one’s own unique stylistic traits to the drawing of the subject. The goal of still life drawing is to capture an observed moment in time and communicate that moment in an aesthetically-pleasing way. Using compositional theories, and having a trained eye to measure proportions will help you learn to draw still life well.