Quick Still Life Sketching in Acrylics – Part 3

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 focusing on the swan’s body – beginning to give it more detail and continue increasing a sense of 3D form.

  • We will work our way gradually across the whole form the of the swan.
  • I start from left to right and begin with the neck at the edge of the painting.
  • Look for where the form is lightest and then add gradually darker tones moving away from that point. You can do this by gradually mixing black into the white.
  • Look for things like the wrinkle in the feathers of the neck where it bends.
  • Make sure you pay attention to how the internal wrinkle affects the outisde edge of the form.
  • Finally – heighten the lightest sections by laying in multiple passes of white.
  • This will slowly build up a great glow.

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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