Drawing a Still Life is a two dimensional artwork, which represents non-living or inanimate objects positioned in a certain way. These objects, called Still Life, could be either natural or manmade, for e.g., flowers, fruits, bowls, books, or even ordinary household items. The Still Lives are chosen based on certain themes or reasons, which could be either symbolic or simply aesthetic.
In the early seventeenth century, drawing a Still Life or Still Art was one of the most popular painting genres in Europe, especially among Dutch painters. Drawing a Still Life gave freedom to the artists to play around with the arrangement of the design within the theme. The history of Still Art however, can be traced back to ancient Egyptian Tombs. Similar paintings were also found in the Roman Frescoes and in Greek Civilization. Most of Modern Still Life Drawings are a combination of Realism and Cubist Abstraction. After the rise of digital age, most of Still Life Drawing is now synthetic; computer generated, and is usually made of fusing objects, images, and commercial products.
Drawing a Still Life is not as hard as it may seem. Most of the beginners start with drawing a Still Life before moving onto the more complex subjects of art. The ensuing discussion provides stepwise instructions on how to draw a Still Life:
o Choosing a Still Life. Pick an object that you want to draw. Choose any object that does not have too much detail or texture.
o Placing the Still Life. Choose a spot to place the object of Still Art. The location should not have any complicated background.
o Drawing a Still Life. Pick any part of the object and start drawing. Try using soft hands so that you do not mess it up.
o Still Life Framework. Draw the outline of the entire object lightly before proceeding with drawing any particular section of it.
o Geometrical Shapes. Try using shapes that are easily visible in the object such as, Rectangles, Circles, and Squares to name some. Alternatively, divide the object into two halves and then start drawing.
o Detailing the Still Life. Darken the outline of the drawn Still Life and start adding details to it. Pay attention to every single detail in and around the object including scratches, stains, and cracks. Think how light and shadow would play around with these areas of Still Life and use blending techniques to shape these details.
o Shading the Still Life. Shade the Still Life drawing carefully. The shading may take time, depending on the object.
o Controlling. Now look at the image carefully and if there is any difference between the object and the drawing, then carefully fix it.
o Practice. Keep practicing the Still Art Drawing, as art is all about practice. Only practice can make you perfect in drawing a Still Art.