Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life

Last week I setup my easel in my living room and painted a view into my kitchen to study perspective. But afterwards I felt that I could have learned more if I wasn’t worrying about the oil paint along with the drawing. So tonight I setup something simple, but it turned out to be a deceptively difficult still life.

My first drawing didn’t go so well. I have a tendency to get too detailed at the beginning and I suffer for it shortly into the drawing. The first drawing went off the left side of the page and all the proportions of the boxes were way off.

Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, first drawing setup
First drawing setup
Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life: first drawing
First Drawing of the still life

Yeah as you can see the first drawing didn’t go so well. But it was a good study for the next drawing.

Deceptively Difficult Still Life Second Drawing

Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, second drawing before clean up and value
Second drawing setup
Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, second drawing before clean up and value
Second drawing before clean up and value

Here I’m at the end of this drawing more or less. All I have to do now is clean it up and add some value. This drawing went so much better because I focused on the general larger shapes of the still life as  a whole, but still getting each line as accurate as I could. Then I picked a particular object, the most foreground box, and rendered it in detail. Then I used this object as a comparison for all other object around it and also slowly working outwards from it.

Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, finished setup
Finished drawing setup
Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, finished drawing
Finished drawing

I wanted to put down some value because I felt like I needed some practice adding value with my charcoal pencils. Every time I’m drawing the figure and I add value I don’t like the outcome. What i have discovered is that these charcoal pencils have more burs in the charcoal then I would like and getting an even plane of value is difficult.

Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, subject
Deceptively Difficult Still Life, Subject
Perspective Study: Deceptively Difficult Still Life, accuracy comparison
Deceptively Difficult Still Life, Accuracy comparison

Not taking into account the distortion from my iPhone I feel I was very accurate in my drawing.

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