When drawing colorful subjects, it is important to add the colors in layers, beginning with the lightest.
Figure out the undertone, or lightest color of the drawing, before you begin.
Using a circular motion with the flat of the pencil lead will give you the illusion of speckling like that found in pottery glazes.
Foreshortening is when the shape of an object appears distorted because of the angle in which it is being viewed.
An ellipse is a circle in perspective.
Your eyes will tell you when an ellipse is not symmetrical.
An ellipse can always be divided into four equal parts. You should be able to fold it in half either direction with all parts matching.
The edges of an ellipse should always be curved, with no flat areas. The ends of an ellipse, at the tightest curves, should never appear pointed.
Create a Complex Composition
This still life contains everything we have learned so far about spheres, the five elements of shading, cylinders and ellipses. See what you can find to create a composition with all these elements.
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