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Leisure Painter      December 2005


Each month presents a feature from either The Artist or its sister publication, Leisure Painter.

Leisure Painter inspires, guides and encourages beginners and improvers with step-by-step instruction, as well as general advice on ways to develop and progress. Experienced and popular tutors set projects, describe their own working methods and offer helpful tips and ideas



Let's Start with Art

This month:


A simple step-by-step still life

with Trudy Friend


Step 1

Take one or two simple objects and arrange them in relation to each other to offer an interesting group. Your first investigative sketch may be drawn loosely on copier paper but still with regard for form. Apply areas of tone in a directional way (see my arrows). A dark shadow between objects may be made stronger than surrounding areas to establish the relationship between them. For this preliminary sketch I have used an HB pencil to avoid lines becoming too wide or smudgy while corrections may be necessary. 


Step one

Step 1

  Step 2

Tape the rough drawing to a window using masking tape. Then place a new sheet of better quality paper, such as cartridge paper, over the images and trace them onto the clean sheet.



Step 2


  Step 3

Once the images are in position a softer pencil may be used to start placing tonal areas. I have used a 2B pencil gently applied for the base tones.



 Step 3

  Step 4

A softer 3B was used to indicate both tonal variations and coloured markings and to enhance the rich, dark shadow areas. If you place a piece of tracing paper beneath your hand while you are working you will be able to see your images clearly and protect them from becoming smudged.


Step 4



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