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Define all lights and shadows (body and cast shadows). Practice intentional looking and remember to look with a hugging gaze to notice the tonal values of surround areas as well. Step back, squint, and take photos.
Continue shading in layers. Begin to express the different colors of each object by means of tonal values.
Finish the outline of your drawing. Be sure everything is proportionally accurate and in the correct position before moving onto shading.
Before shading, find and lightly outline where the pure white highlights will go. Reserve the white paper in those areas and shade everything else to at least a light grey. Deepen your tones, layer by layer.
You may prefer to draw on a sturdy surface like a drawing board, especially if you're drawing on an easel or resting your pad on the edge of the table. You can keep your drawing in your drawing pad and use clips to attach your drawing pad to the board. I don't recommend using tape because tape may rip drawing paper.
Click here to watch an instructional video on how to sharpen your pencils the same way I demoed in class.
How to create an interesting still life
Look for objects that have a variety of shapes, colors, widths, textures, and heights. Find a moveable light source.
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