Shading Still Life

Today we will draw lighted objects:

You will need:

  • a pencil or pen
  • fold a large sheet of  paper in half – tone the right half only

By practicing our observational drawing skills using our viewfinders and w/ lighting, we can learn to see and draw highlights, midtones, and shadows– then we can learn to see cast shadows and reflected lights. Here is a good video from YouTube on using the four basic kinds of Value: 1. Shading, 2. Hatching 3. Cross-Hatching and 4. Stippling.

Can you see the: 1.highlight , 2.midtone , 3. shadow ? The cast shadow? The reflected light?

Here are four different treatments for the same ball:


Hatching, Cross-Htaching, Shading, and Stippling

Here is the still life as it appears when lit from the top right, and six different ways to draw the cube using hatching and cross hatching:

Cross hatching:



Cubes shaded in different ways:

Here are some examples of still life drawings:

no outlines needed

1 Response to Shading Still Life

  1. amazing art
    🙂 🙂

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