OCAD Studio: Still Life Copy Using Mixed Media Part 1 – Sketching in the Basic Shapes and Shadows

Sketching in the Basic Shapes and Shadows:

  • Start by lightly sketching in the basic shapes with a piece of willow charcoal.
  • Use a mixture of lines and roughly shaded areas.
  • As you add more objects to the composition, you can see if the relationship between the placement and proportions is correct.
  • If anything seems wrong just use the eraser to remove and redraw until you’re happy overall.
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect – you will have lots of opportunities to make corrections as the drawing progresses
  • Lighter areas and objects should be left blank for now if possible – as it will make adding the highlights easier later on.
  • You should eventually get to a point where everything is loosely blocked in – with an evident difference between the parts of the drawing that will end up dark and those that will be light.
Course Materials:
  • Paper
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Vine charcoal
  • Charcoal powder
  • Graphite pencils (from 2B – HB)
  • White Gouache or Acrylic paint
  • Various brushes (whatever you have lying around)
  • Drawing Board
  • Tape