Quick Still Life Sketching in Acrylics – Part 2

In this series we will be creating a monochrome study in acrylics. This is a great exercise as the materials are basic and easy to get hold of – so you can get used to using brushes and mixing paint in a simple manner.

In this session we will be neatening up the edges of the shapes and starting to add more 3D form.

  • Begin by sharpening up the edges of all the forms.
  • Match the colours that you mixed last session.
  • Keep working in multiple passes as the acrylic will likely be pretty transparent.
  • Once the edges of the forms have been neatened and the tones are flatter you can start making the forms more 3D.
  • Add halftones between the lights and darker tones to create softer, more believable transitions.
  • Focus on a sense of texture (note how the brass pot is more contrasty, so it looks shinier).

These are the materials you will need:

  • Small panel, canvas or piece of acrylic paper to paint on
  • Range of small to medium brushes
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Palette
  • Easel
  • Pot (for water)

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