Create The Background And Finish The Drawing

With a ruler and the Black pencil, create clean, straight sides of the glass and draw a horizontal line to create the illusion of a tabletop. To give the drawing more of a finished look, create a rectangular box around the glass for a border.

With Copenhagen Blue, overlap the black in the background, and fill it in toward the edges of the border. Using a sharp point on your pencil, fill it in slowly to make the tones even and smooth. Lightly add some Copenhagen Blue to the ice and insides of the glass. Be sure to leave the bright white edges of the glass empty for extra shine. With Black, fill in the tabletop. Allow the reflection shapes below the glass to remain white.

opaque and semitransparent objects

Not all glass is transparent. Some is very opaque; some is semitransparent. Every object must be carefully studied and analyzed before you beg in to draw it. Look for variances in color, and for any colors that may be reflected from outside sources. Drawing a nontransparent glass object can be fun and challenging. Remember, just because it varies in color doesn't mean it is reflecting light.

Colored Pencil Art Lessons

Burnish for Smooth Glass Texture

Burnishing blends colors together, giving them a very smooth texture, adding a shine to highlighted areas. Notice how the highlights show offthe curves of the sides of the jars, yielding a three-dimensional look.

Close-up of Background Shadows

Use a small amount of shadow color in the background to make a drawing appear finished. Adding a border around your drawing will concentrate the colors in the corners and lead the eye to the middle, where the main subject is.

Semitransparent Glass

These measuring jars were part of a collection dug up in the ruins of Pompeii. Each one is exactly one half the size of the one next to it.

The glass used in these jars is semitransparent—you can just barely see through it. When you look at these jars, the color is very inconsistent. It goes in and out of dark and light. Some areas look very bright, and the color looks pure. Other areas appear dense in color, and somewhat cloudy and dull.

Colors Used

Light Aqua, Aquamarine, True Blue, Pale Sage, Light Green, Denim Blue, Cool Grey 70%, Cloud Blue, Black, White

Opaque Objects

Practice Drawing Opaque Objects

Much like glassware, crockery's surface is reflective but opaque. You cannot see through it. Because crockery has a somewhat porous texture and the amount of glaze varies from piece to piece, it isn't always as shiny as regular glass.

I created the crocks in this drawing using the layering technique on Gotham Grey Artagain Paper. Choose a shade of paper that closely matches the tone of the pottery's porous surface to help emphasize its texture.

Colors Used

Peach, Burnt Ochre, Dark Brown, Dark Umber, French Grey 20%, French Grey 70%, Indigo Blue, True Blue, Black, White

Highlights Help Create Roundness

I applied White to the crocks to create the highlight areas and give them a shiny appearance. These highlights really help strengthen the roundness of the form.

Colors Used

Peach, Burnt Ochre, Dark Brown, Dark Umber, French Grey 20%, French Grey 70%, Indigo Blue, True Blue, Black, White

Small Kitchen French White Blue And Gray

Highlights Help Create Roundness

I applied White to the crocks to create the highlight areas and give them a shiny appearance. These highlights really help strengthen the roundness of the form.

LEE'S LESSONS

Try cropping your photos for unique compositions. This drawing is an example of a segment drawing (see page 33). The original photo wasof an entire kitchen scene. In the background, there where many shelves full of household items—this is only a small portion of the original photo. I deliberately cropped the image so it included the interesting shadows in the background. I also cropped the crockon the left for better composition. Cropping is an effective way of balancing the shapes. If I had left the entire image showing, everything would have looked centered and a bit artificial.

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  • lisa freitag
    What to use to make dark background on drawing?
    7 years ago
  • stefanie
    How to draw opaque jar?
    4 years ago

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