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Drawing Course for TOTAL BEGINNERS - Compose and Draw Your Own Still Life

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Compose Your Still Life

    • 3. Measuring - Defining Standard Units

    • 4. Observing - Finding Basic Geometric Shapes

    • 5. Supplies

    • 6. Measuring - Placing Your Objects

    • 7. Geometric Shapes - Expand Your Measurements

    • 8. Contouring - Outline the Picture

    • 9. Refining Outlines

    • 10. Defining the Shapes of the Shadows

    • 11. Shading Shadows

    • 12. Midtones

    • 13. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the Drawing Course for TOTAL BEGINNERS - Compose and Draw Your Own Still Life!

This is a follow up class for the Drawing course for Total Beginners - From Line to Still Life, but it can also stand alone. In this second case, it is recommended to have some basic drawing experience, or take a look on the previous class!

In this class we are going to compose our own still life. I will guide you through the process of choosing the right objects, arranging them and the very important part of observing the composition. We will discuss the process of measurement - finding standard units and using them to keep right proportions through the whole drawing.

We are going to LIVE DRAW!!! This means that we are going to observe the composition in real time, so there will be no photo, no grid method, but we are going to LEVEL UP our observational skills, relying on our eyes. 

We will follow my process of drawing: defining standard units, placing the objects with measurements, finding and placing geometric shapes, morphing them to contour lines, refining  the outlines, finding the shapes of the shadows and highlights. When shading I use a reverse method: first shading the shadows, then adding mid-tones. in this class, we are going to use more levels of mid-tone, giving us 5 different values in our pencil drawing!

If you loved the Drawing Course for Total beginners - From Line to Still Life, this class is a perfect continuation. If you haven't done it, this class will help you understand the process of Live Still Life drawing. 

Why is it important? - You might ask....Drawing fundamentals are essential for any kind of creative work/job. Illustration, digital art, painting with watercolors or acrylics - all rely on these fundamentals that can be learned through a practice like this. It gives you observational skills that you will need and use in you whole life!  

So, are you ready to draw with me?



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The Artmother

Professional Art Teacher and Artist


Welcome! My name is Alexandra Finta - a passionate artist, a happy mother and an enthusiastic teacher - in short The Artmother. I am a professional art teacher with a Masters Degree in Art Education with years of experience in teaching in person and online. As an artist, I am creating in all different kinds of mediums from acrylics, watercolors, graphite and digital. I have years of experience in graphic design and photography. 

For more info check out my website here: www.theartmother.com

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1. Introduction: welcome to the drawing course for total beginners, his glasses of follow up close to the drumming coursework total beginning in the spring line into Still Life, which focuses on absolute basics of drawing from droving a striking line countering, outlining, finding basic German shapes shading and takes a total beginner from a single line to appropriately drone still life. It also explains how our brain works. How do we see the world and why don't we say it like that? It contains exercises, do level up your observational skills, and also there are some amazing students were could show really amazing progress in this class. I would love to continue to grow these pills. In the previous class we were drawing by the grid method, which means that you draw a grid on the picture. You are going to Joe and on the paper, we are going to draw on and use these lines as a reference lines to place your object. In this class, we're going to compose your own still life, and they're not going to use the great They're going to live droll in the previous plus, we created an artist window on you can actually use this in this class, but basically they're going to try to rely on our eyes. This course is ideal for those who have finished the drawing course for total beginners from line to still life. If you didn't, you should have some basic drawing skills. I will guide you through the whole process from composing the still life, finding the best flight, finding the basic dramatic shapes, measuring, placing your object contouring on off course shading. And I will also give you tips on life droving because it is a kind of different than drawing a still picture. If you're seeing me for the first time, my name is always under gambler and then a professional art teacher over the muscles degree in art education. I'm also an artist on an online educator. You can find me on social media by the name D Art Center, and you should definitely check out my website. So are you ready? That's got into it 2. Compose Your Still Life: in this video, we having to compose or still life of your first thing you need to do is to choose three objects. As you can see, they're free. Different sizes. There was one big one a middle size one on a small one from the small one. You can choose more. So if you remember to Previous still life had these grapes they were like fillers. They were not the central object. So if you have something like I don't know, I have these perils you can like, take them down and just, like, throw them around so that you have some interesting elements. I'm not going to use it right now. So my basic on central biggest element is this waste. Then I chosen a mug on a small books. As you can see, I didn't place the elements like like this. It is absolutely interesting. Elites. The view were out off the picture. You need to do something. Um, else. So you need to place something at the bags, something at the front on something in the middle, not facing like everything that's wrong, but plays at least one element in a different angle so that it is a bit more interesting. Okay, about the color off off the objects I've chosen white so that I can differentiate between the highlights on the shadows a bit more with more colorful objects. You need to observe things better. I recover and you to choose. Um, like any colored objects. What you have but try to make them, like, similar so that she can actually really see the shadows on the highlights. So yes, your task is to choose free object. One big object, a Mila sized object on a small one or more school small ones about a background. I've chosen this back background because my objects are white on the wall is writes. I don't want Thio Thio planet into the background. But stand out so I can really see the the shapes off these objects Because, see, I have ah, light source here. Um, when you and drawing life still life you need to take in consideration the winter if you are using natural light. So if you started mourning, the light is going to be different than at noon. Maybe you are not going to draw like four hours, obviously, but but actually the sun changes a lot in this time frame. It is good to have a study light source. If it is delight you have in the room or I have this land and I'm just going Teoh, turn it on. And it actually helps me to have more harsh shadows that I can observe them better. Okay, so I think that's all about the composition. Let's get to see the supplies on what you need to do before even starting drawing. 3. Measuring - Defining Standard Units: in this video, we are going to define a standard unit. I tried to put a camera approximately to the place where my eyes will be while drawing. Measuring is the key for the right proportions off a still life. So the finding is tendered in it. We're going to use a pencil when measuring, try to keep on even distance from himself. So make sure that your hand is fully straight on and that you have a pencil. When measuring, we're going to define a standard unit. It can be a smallest subject if it is too small. I advise you to read a goal for, uh, the middle object. When measuring, tried to focus the camera in the pencil. When measuring, you need to use the tip of the pencil and your finger to the side to define the end off this standard unit. I'm just going to measure around this things, So now I'm going to take my money for a standard unit on. This is the height. It is like you can see here is the top off the I'm not taking this as the top off the mark , but it's back its highest point and a lowest point. So I'm taking this as a measurement, and I'm going to find out how big the ways this I'm going. Teoh, you can see here it is the bottom off the waist. So there is that same height. I'm going to place like there, and you can see that one mug. It is like at this line off the weighs approximately. And now place it up to the line you have measured. And now I see that the ways is not exactly a double off the mark with a big, smaller resistant mike. Okay, so yes, I notice No. Now let's see the books. I'm going to take this hate off the books. Now, this is going to be the standard unit like I said is one to approximately twice as big eyes . Uh, the books. I mean, the market is twice as big as it works a bit bit higher. So now you can just close one of your eyes and focus, focus and just measure things around so you can know approximately how big this elements are. Or second, I think we have to do is to find the basic geometric shapes in these objects, and then we're going to just place them around or drawing 4. Observing - Finding Basic Geometric Shapes: OK, in this video, we are going, Teoh, find a basic geometric shapes. We are just simply going to talk about the books. It is, um, office that it has. Rectangles were entangled to rectangle on the 3rd 1 appear. Then we have a trapeze in the smug, as you can see. So we're going to draw the trippy. I'm just going Teoh, draw the Trippi's right through this whole. I'm not really going to go for, like, re around the shape at first for the trapeze, but, uh, to defined the real shape off this element. And after that, I'm going to add this horrible shape up here as the top of the mug. Here we have a circle on triangle for this. As you can see, here is a really nice circle here in the ways there is a trapeze again, Andan oval again at the top. So as I'm going to progress in drawing, I'm going to place at first these elements to see which I think is where 5. Supplies: Okay, so about supplies. I'm going to use a two. First, I'm going to show you the paper I'm going to sketch on. This is a February knows catching paper. What is the difference? That it is a bit thicker than the office paper on It has a really nice texture on. It really makes a difference. Um, it is similar, as with water colors, that if you have more quality pains, like even your worst painting is going to look better on than the same one with the worst pains. So the paper makes difference. However you don't need. Teoh buys catch book Onley, if you think is drawing things like we're seriously is really useful to draw on on a nice paper like you will value your burke with your supplies. We are going to use the same pencils as we did in the previous class, so I'm going to use seven B for shading and two or freebie for lines. I have some sketching boxes here. This is a Dale a Roni Artists. Pencils there actually really forced catching their different types off off. Fassel's here on what's my favorite? It is the creative color. It is Austrian brand dispensers are made in. Winner on. I just got this. He was catching box, and I'm going to try it out. There are really nice supplies, and I'm going to use this poor shape. Okay, We will need in a razor. You can have any razor, but I'm going to just use this one. The one that looks like play doh. It's really please nice. And you can, like, planned the edges with it. Pretty belt Onda sharpener. And I think that's all Ford supplies. There is another thing I wanted to talk to you about on daz position. You are going to sit in. So usually when people are drawn still eyes understanding mainly art schools. Maybe you don't have opportunities for that. For example, I don't have it in this office. So I'm going to sit on what you need to think about when you're drawing. If you are drawing in a sitting position, that is not a natural for you, for example, for me, really straight back. I'm going to see in different angles because while I'm drawing, I'm going to get tire it, so I'm going to sit like this. This is comfortable for me. It is not really healthy. But this is how I sit on. If I sit lie here like this. And like this, I'm seeing the still life in different angles. So trying to keep the same sitting position throughout the whole joing process. 6. Measuring - Placing Your Objects: Okay. Uh, now, as the first time you need to define the hate off the highest object on to leave actually a space to place the other elements. So now I'm going Teoh measure with my pencil on approximately such highest point. My drawing? Yes. Approximately. This is going to be the waste top of the ways on. I need to take in consideration theory objects so that they have space to fit in the paper . So I'm going to take the waste, and I'm going to measure. Um, the mug and the mark is actually almost the same size. I mean, the top of the mouth off the res. So I'm going to to, uh, take it like this, Okay. Hey, was the top off off? Always on. Now when I'm going to measure is how many times this size makes up hate off the waste. So I'm measuring again. My hand is straight. I have to pencil and I measuring one two on something again. One, two on a health. So if I'm taking, uh, this sighs, I'm going to draw a line here. Thistles going to be the axis distance incised. And I said Okay, when to Brooks is. So this is the bottom Sighs off my weight's actually what I can see and is that if I take this size down here to the bottom, this is where actually my mug it's going to start. You know, we learned about purse perspective, that things that I further away, for example, in the desk start a further. So are our money is going to start hair and I'm going Teoh. So this is my my Stender Djinnit. I didn't really something about the standard unit it like when you are observing your still life, you will see what size is like. The size that is approximately can be found in every object and and this size off this month worked for me for defining size off the ways and actually with size off the mark. So, uh, I would say that the golden rule is to use smaller objects. But as you process in the drawing, your standard units changes can change. So, um, it is good to keep the same standard units throughout how drawing. But if it changes, it doesn't hurt. You like try to be as proportion as you can, but like they also flexible. So when I'm measuring the mug does actually the hate a bit, uh, bigger than this miles off the waste on the big bigger. So this is going to be the hate off the mug on. Now I'm going to place on the box, and now I'm going to take, um, again my standard unit measure the hate off the whole box. So not just a hate. Off the front of the whole. I want to know where it starts and where it ends. And when measuring, you can also find like, angles. Um, so let's say that my mark is approximately here, okay? And where is my box going to be? Starting on here is access off my ways. And the box starting, I mean, the site side have to put this speak something here on it is like it's if my mug is here, I have just angle approximately this one, but I need to majority us again. So the hate off the books is, like, one, 2.5 times off this. I'm just going to Okay, so this hate his the books? Exactly. And it works. Amazing. Now let's find angle off this box. angle. It's like something like this approximately on a where the box spends exactly lining with the end off this mouth. So always need to find is a reference points. I'm going to raise it, Don't worry. But the only always need to find this reference, uh, points. So here we're just my box when I also need to know is, uh, this four points approximately And, uh, I think I will need to measure this. This what? A home somewhere Hair. Okay, but it is also in an angle snow somewhere here. Okay, I'm going to follow this line and copy this line here. Now I have approximately the box and saying approximately because it will change if he did something wrong. This are my measurements. And now I'm going to look for these basic geometric shapes. 7. Geometric Shapes - Expand Your Measurements: So I told that there is, uh, access also in the monk. This is the hate often mark on. And I just see how the winds off the mark, how wide it iss and I I can say that it's with at bottom. Is that approximately half of this? So, yes, I'm going to add to the axis approximately I orange drawn angle down here big. This is the trip piece on them. We have the box on. Let's see now, um, this race and we call that there is a big cycles on legis. See, the circle is approximately here way. Have you all here? Onda chippies here and yes, Maybe will help this, I think there and then we have the basic Jim, I think shapes on. Let's just take a look on the country once on. Okay, I forgot this all here. Just and nets. More dumb to more organic on realistic continent one 8. Contouring - Outline the Picture: Okay. Uh, what is crucial here at the waist? It has really nice shape, so we need to try to find it. This curve is greedy, Ottosson. So let's just Okay, uh, this circle is not really perfect. Eso I'm just going to measure DeWitt off the ways. How many times this month confected a zai can see It's 1.5. So when? And it'll approximate like this. So we have a nice curve here on this curve. Continues down to this. Uh, but, um, I'm here. We don't really see that things, because here we have to know and about a mug so it doesn't bench. Right. That's where is this site on what is curved. So I'm going to trying to find this shave, okay? This isn't right. - Situations , skills, and then the box. When I say that, it doesn't need to be, like, absolutely real estate. But when I skin see now is that, um, this book's iss, uh, like, more fat on it doesn't unlike here, but a bit lower. I'm just going to make it a bit bigger. Okay, Nice. Uh, when I'm going, Teoh raised his reference science on duh. Refined de outlines more 9. Refining Outlines: Okay, So what I'm going to do now is to refine the consciousness. It's a bit more. I just made up. This gross is because there is nothing in first thing about it. I'm just going to observe and drop, observed a drop on, try to draw when I seen what I know. For example here drone What? I see I'm here. I'm drone. What? I knew when I was job this line. So I really need Teoh. Just look on. Um, don't what I see. But like six time, I'm going to use my razor. Teoh. Um, correct things that probably 10. Defining the Shapes of the Shadows: Okay, So what we did was a first. Find the shapes off the highlights. No. What is going to be the easiest is this box. If you see this is absolutely in shadow. This is in highlight on distance approximately make tone. But here is a lighter me turn. And here is a darker And this is going to be the darkest, uh, witness Mark, you can see Dad, this is This is in shadow like this approximately. And then the shadow continues outside. Of course it does not shark like death that we are going to play with it. I'm not going to draw this texture on the mark. What I'm looking for is no The shadow approximately on, uh, shape off the shadow. And it has some rounded shape. Okay, here it just where? Dark off course desist arc here just and here. So just wear dark on the highlight eyes Here. I'm going to draw this window sexually, because here is the window on. I'm going to draw its shape on um this job here is the shadow. But there is highlight here. Everything else is a Mejuto. Yes. So here is the me highlight. Here is a highlight. Desist my lighter. Um, and let's go for D base. So this parts okay, under dis here is a sharp shadow. Then shadow is here. Up here on it is going. Actually, just dis sport is even more dark. So there several well, use wood in it. But way are not going to go for that much. This shadow iss kind of following the shape off. The objects are not going to drop the fraction off these objects in it because I can stay them. And I'm not going to George this 11 light round thing here on Lee. Uh, this highlight the window. I know it's the window, but when you will like, look at it, you will know There is also highlight following the shape of the waste like this on up here . There are some sports here. I think that's 11. Shading Shadows: what I'm going to start with is filling out the shadows. And I'm going to use this creed color if you remember from the previous close. We're not shading with a tip, but I would side and I'm going Just turn shading this, Okay? Oh, what's more? And let's go here. I tried to quit, too. Well, use winning this darkest shadow. So because there are no Onley free tones highlight Too long. McDonagh, Shadow. There is a lightning. Don't at the dark meat. No, I'm I'm trying to, like, work with dark shadows into two. Well, use you might need Teoh shirt. Thank. And I'm going Teoh dark dis part off the waste because of obviously there's Chatah. Okay, You can forget about the cost status and a Z. You can see I'm using really stuff. Castle and I did a mistake off going over it with my hand. I might need to fix this. Wouldn't a razor? Not a big thing, but still, let's keep thanks. Need Okay, A So you can see here. We're just, uh, the darker, darkest part. And this is really going to be black. Disses cost shadow. And I'm going to like on here. There is some artists we are using. Like, uh, how's it cold? I'm not sure. Gloves? Yes. Glows. So here is a cow's chatter on it. Just actually a reflection here off. Just object care. I'm just going to It's a bit there isn't concentrated. And here is again reflection off this subject. We don't really need Teoh like care about itself. I think at it. And if you get See, we already have Britain eyes drawing on. We are not really finished shadings, shading or right shading. I'm amazed the difference, and it doesn't really need to be. They got told to leave 100 person identity hold most still. Okay, Uh, I'm going to at shut up here. This is the background. I'm not going to make the background black. I could, but I don't really want to over black this. I'm just going to draw this, uh, line off the desk here Approximately. It was like, continuing, and I'm going to add to the shadow. Thank this. Okay, so we have already a nice changing Let's get to meet toes 12. Midtones: for this. I'm going to use a medium, uh, sketching pencil. You can just simply use to seven b on push it less onto paper. What I'm going to do is to feel out spaces on. Actually, I need to fix this this box a bit, because by shading, I've removed a bit. Uh, I need to make it, but smaller on more proportional. I'm just going to spend the seconds doing that. Okay? As I sat on the top off this box is going to be in the mid tones. So what I'm doing is actually just going over in with this pencil. Not really pushing hard, but still, I want to make this part off the box a bit darker, not as dark as the side of the box, but just a bit on go lighter here on this is going to be highlighted with this, um, month. I'm going Teoh like you don't highlights what I can do after what's with pencil. But keep in mind on it, this catching pencils are not easily you raise a bowler most of the times, so I'm just going to I just want highlights. This is why is this play don't Razor is good because I can just take, uh, peace on that. I meet. I can raise it, but not that. Well, care still. All right. Oh, I forgot. I'm going to back to myself. Pencil on. Just look. No, I have my midterm, and I'm going to just go. Or just point, I'm going to go over. The adjunct is and our shadow just stuff in it because shadows are not too harsh. Usually they can be on. I'm going to play with the tones of it here, too. So even though this is not a highlight, I'm going Teoh lightly. So basically make you lie there. Uh, I think I'm going to do this. Just, really, really likes layer offer. Dig a pit, fights on up here. I'm going to do the same. So here we have a shadow with retired for good inside. I'm going to let it try to make a nice blending off this dark shadow. Andi, he needs toe, OK? Because the play would would I didn't get more or less shadows. And to be honest, it is good to observe, but this is the time where you also need to keep in mind that this is a drawing Onda. This is a piece of artwork, so you can make it. Luke, Uh, as you wish. I'm making you available. The picture off this off. This a still life in the resources section so that you can, like, copy on a still life. It will be still a life drawing. Good. I which I really want you to try out when you can start with this, refreshing your skills on, then try it on their own. So the best thing is to do your own still life, compose your own still life that you can just try out to draw this one. You can see I I living out highlights what I'm going to do. All this. Well, that I'm taking my my little brush brush, brush, razor and just go over. This highlights once again. And I can off course also like, bit blend or take out off this, uh, layer off graphite, which will make the drawing a bit more or one life life. Like to put this. Can you race still? - I'm going to cut, uh, warmer there. Okay. So what does say I really loved this? I think it looks really great on them. You can see that. It is fairly easy. Process on. I'm sure you can do this. So just don't be afraid on get your pencils and paper on. Compose your own. Still life on just practice. 13. Final Thoughts: all right. So we have now a finished still life completely created by us. How amazing is that? I would love to take a second to criticize my artwork because self reflection is just really important if you want to get better at what you do. So when I look at my drumming from the front because I was drawing in an angle and I realized that the waste should have bean like taller and the neck also a bit longer. So I have my proportions a bit off. So my otherwise here is not to draw from an angle from but always from the front. But I was drawing from angles so that you can see at a camera what I'm doing. So the project report this class is to compose your own still life and drove it following the process. I was presenting to good luck. And I wish you one off a day. Please don't forget to leave me review. I really appreciate it. And it is a great reward for my hard work.