Project Two: Simple Still-life, Local Color, Compliments and Layering



To further demonstrate the elements of seeing, attaining proper proportions, identifying local colors, layering, working from the back of the drawing forward. You will be working with color soft pastels minus black. You will create an under drawing of the simple still-life attaining the best possible proportions and perspectives. Then focusing on local color, value range, reflective light, shadow, edge quality and vibrancy build a drawing that demonstrates your increasing ability to work with color and soft pastels.



Step 1: Take a 15" x 22” sheet of BFK paper mount it on your drawing board in a horizontal format. Then using a ruler and mark off a 1” frame all around your drawing with a pencil.


Step 2: You will then find an interesting box on the stage. I want a drawing that includes the entire environment touching all four edges. Using an H pencil create the under drawing being mindful to keep the drawing surface as clean as possible. Utilize the sighting technique, bracketing, and centering. Correct proportions and perspectives are expected.


Step 3: Once you have your under drawing complete, start identifying what colors you see in the still life and collect those colors from your pastel palette. Start working from the lighter values to mid-key hues from the back of the drawing to the front.


Step 4: Move the pastel around the drawing in whatever manner you found most appealing from the demo. Keep in mind vibrancy, edge quality and value range. No black is allowed.


Step 5: Complete drawing to the best of your ability. Spray with fixative and hand in according to the outline in the syllabus.




15" x 22" BFK, Soft Pastels, Pencils, Erasers, Ruler

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