Quick Still Life Sketching in Acrylics – Part 4

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 pot in the background, with an emphasis on the texture and shininess of the metal.

  • Start by neatening the curved forms and reinforcing the depth of the black paint.
  • The shadows will be almost totally black.
  • Then adjust any halftones while adding more sublte transitions.
  • The curve on the right of the pot (the inside curve that we see) is lightest in the middle and then the tone gets darker as it goes down and up towards the shadow.
  • Finish by adding light highlights on the pot.
  • If these highlights are very contrasty they will make the pot appear more metallic and shiny.

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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