Monday, September 17, 2012

Beginning a Still Life

Instructor Tony Curanaj working with a student on a block-in

Instructor Tony Curanaj has offered a few tips, especially geared for the beginner, on setting up a still life.
  • Try to keep it simple.
  • Try not to get organic materials that change too quickly.
  • Use consistent lighting.
  • Do drawings first. Start with little thumbnail sketches. Once you have the set-up, do a nice basic drawing either directly on the canvas or on another piece of paper and then transfer the drawing.
  • Think composition. Again, keep it simple. Try to compose things that look natural, not forced. They should belong together. The arrangement shouldn't be too stiff or contrived. It should flow.
Instructor Sam Hung working with a student on a block-in

There are still a few spots available in our monthly Still Life class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm. The next session starts on October 2nd. Email me at to sign up.

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