This second example, of an enamel jug in coloured pencil, is a simple shape; a cone cut off at the top with handle and spout added. The colour is white, so all you have to consider is the shadow colour and that of the background. The reason that this jug stands out so boldly is that the background colours are all stronger and darker than the jug - the feeling of it existing in three-dimensional space is due to the effect of the background colour, as much as the jug itself. The cast shadow across the table-top helps to anchor the object to the surface that it stands on. Notice how the lines of the background shapes are made softer and less distinct than the lines on the jug. This technique also helps to define the space around it.
Remember that the materials and techniques you use can be fitted to the particular objects in your picture. Some things are quite difficult to achieve in pen and ink, whereas others, like the spectacles, lend themselves perfectly to the process.
Single and grouped objects
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