How to Draw a Still Life Composition

Updated on May 1, 2018
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I’ve been drawing and painting for most of my life and love sharing tutorials and tips to help anyone who wants to learn about art.

Learn how to draw a still life composition from start to finish.
Learn how to draw a still life composition from start to finish. | Source

Learning to draw a still life composition is one of the most valuable, basic skills an artist can learn.

If you ever take a sketching or drawing class, still life drawing is usually taught within the first few sessions. Why? It teaches students techniques and skills that are the foundation for creating many types of artwork, whether it’s pencil, colored pencil, charcoal drawings, pastels or paintings.

Still life drawing teaches you how to layout a group of various objects on a piece of paper, how to sketch assorted shapes and how to shade things so they have dimension and life.

It also shows you how to be aware of the way light, dark and shadows affect the objects you’re sketching. Understanding this will help create realistic, life-like sketches and is a skill you’ll need to know if you want to explore other mediums, like paints.

Another benefit of still life drawing is that it can be customized to a particular artist’s skill level. Someone with little or no sketching experience can choose objects that are easier to draw, like round or oval shaped fruits or vegetables. More advanced artists can make an arrangement of objects of any size, shape and detail level to challenge their wider set of skills.

So whether you’ve never sketched before, haven’t sketched in a while or just want a refresher course in creating a still life composition from start to finish, follow the steps and pictures below to learn how to draw a still life composition.

Fruit is a good subject for learning how to draw a still life composition.
Fruit is a good subject for learning how to draw a still life composition. | Source

What to Draw?

For the sketch I’m demonstrating in this article, I chose fruit because it’s one of the easiest things for beginning artists to draw. The pineapple and star fruit can be a little tricky for someone brand new to drawing, but you can leave out the fine detail and concentrate just on the shapes if necessary.

You can make an arrangement similar to mine or gather whatever objects you have around your home. You can create a theme or keep it totally random. It’s up to you.

Just remember the more objects you use and the more fine details and textures they have, the more difficult the drawing. If you have little or no sketching experience, you might want to keep it as simple as possible.

How to Arrange Objects for a Still Life Drawing

Set up your objects on a flat surface near a comfortable place to sit for your sketch. A kitchen or dining room table is ideal for this. If you don’t mind sitting on the floor, you can place the objects against a wall and sit in front of them.

Ideally, choose a place with some form of natural light or near a good lamp. If the area isn’t well lit, it will make the drawing more difficult.

The light source doesn’t have to shine directly on the center of your objects. Light coming from one side can make for an interesting sketch too.

Supplies You'll Need

  1. A sketch or drawing pad that is at least 11”x14”. A larger pad allows you to sketch some objects true-to-size, which can be easier than trying to scale them down to fit your paper.
  2. An assortment of drawing pencils or charcoal pencils. You can buy these either individually or as a kit in art supply stores. You’ll need a pencil sharpener too, if you don’t already have one.
  3. Stumps and tortillons. These are sticks made of soft, felt-like paper that you’ll use for the shading techniques shown in this article.
  4. A set of art erasers. A basic set of art erasers includes a gum eraser and a plastic eraser, which are less likely to damage paper. Plus, gum erasers can molded into any shape which makes it easier to fit in small areas. Erasers can also be used to add hi-lights to your sketch.

Optional:

A spray fixative. When you’re done with your sketch, a spray fixative can keep it from getting smudged and damaged. Krylon Workable Fixatif Spray is a good one for this purpose.

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Some basics you'll need for your still life drawing.
Some basics you'll need for your still life drawing. | Source

Start Your Sketch

Use a B or 2B pencil to make a very rough sketch of your objects as you want them to appear on the page. Use light pressure with your pencil so that it’s easy to erase things and move them around.

Don’t worry if you need to turn to a new page and start over a few times.

Forget about all the fine details and shading in this stage.

Just sketch out all the basic shapes, centered nicely on your paper.

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After the Shapes are Drawn

Continue to concentrate on the outline of the objects until you’re happy with how they look on your paper.

Then, begin adding some basic details as I did with the pineapple skin and leaves, and the stems on the other pieces of fruit.

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Clean-up with a Gum Eraser

Once your entire rough sketch is complete, use a gum eraser to gently clean up the lines of your sketch. Remove any smudges or fingerprints too.

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Start by Shading the Dark Areas

Look at your still life arrangement and notice where you see the darkest areas and shadows.

Use a soft pencil (like a 5B or 6B or a charcoal pencil) to begin darkening these places on your paper as I did with the mango in my sketch.

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In the darkest areas near the bottom of the fruit, I used more pressure. In the middle and sides, I used much less pressure and more sparse strokes. In the places where the light hit the mango the strongest, I left white spaces.

Don’t worry about getting the tones exactly right now. Just put in the basic shades because you’ll come back to this later as you get closer to a finished sketch.

Tip

Work on objects on the left side of the page first if you’re right-handed. This helps avoid smudging what you’ve completed. Work in the opposite direction if you’re left-handed.

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Shading and Blending

Once you’ve added some dark and medium tones and shadows to your object, use a stump to gently blend and shade your pencil strokes to make the area look as close to the object you’re sketching as possible.

Refer to your still life arrangement as much as you need. For larger areas, use the largest stump and for small spaces, use a tortillon.

Tip

If you need to lighten an area that you shaded too much, use the gum eraser to remove some of the pencil. This is also a great technique for adding some highlights to an object.

Have you ever done a still life?

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Use the same shading and blending steps listed above on each of your objects, working left to right. (Or right to left)

Refer to your still life arrangement to capture the dark, medium and light tones of each object and the spaces between objects as accurately as possible.

Don’t forget about the shadows the objects cast on and around the surface beneath them.

How much you blend with the stumps and tortillons is up to you. Some people like seeing distinct pencil or charcoal strokes, others like blending them to give their sketch a smoother look.

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For the top of the pineapple, I sketched the leaves using a 3B pencil and then went over the lines with a stump.

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To give the leaves dimension, I used a charcoal pencil to shade the darkest areas on the bottom of each leaf.

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Next, I began blending the charcoal areas with a stump to fill in the leaves, avoiding any areas where the light hit.

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I used the same technique listed above on the pineapple skin to achieve its texture:

1) Sketch the general criss-cross pattern of the skin with a pencil.

2) Outline each circle with a charcoal pencil.

3) Blend each circle with a stump, using lighter pressure toward the center.

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Adding Fine Details

Once the pineapple skin was fully shaded, I used an Ebony pencil to add additional detail to the pineapple, as well as to the rest of the fruit.

Small details like stems on the fruit and spots on the banana were added.

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Final Touches

When you come close to finishing your sketch, take some time to look back and forth between your still life arrangement and your paper to see how accurate everything looks.

You may find certain areas that need to be darker or lighter or additional details you need to add to bring your objects to life.

There may be more shading or blending you need to do.

Take your time and go object by object until you feel you’ve captured everything you can in your sketch.

Use the gum eraser to remove any smudges on your paper.

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Finishing Up

To finish my sketch, I darkened certain areas near the bottom of the fruit and in the spaces beneath using a charcoal pencil. Afterward, I blended these areas with a stump.

I used a gum eraser to highlight areas where the light hit the top of the bananas or other fruit. Highlights can help add realism to your drawing.

The completed sketch... Drawing a still life can be easier than you think.
The completed sketch... Drawing a still life can be easier than you think. | Source
Side by side.
Side by side. | Source

Tips for Drawing a Still Life

  • If you’re using a natural light source, work on your sketch around the same time each day so your lights, darks and shadows stay consistent.
  • Use a flex-neck desk lamp to light your objects. Experiment to see how the light hits your objects from various angles.
  • When you’re ready to do a still life you plan to mat or frame, use Bristol board, which is a heavier, thicker paper available at art stores.
  • When you’ve mastered pencil or charcoal, try drawing a still life in full color with either colored pencils or pastels.
  • If you change your sketch after spraying the workable fixative, don’t forget to re-spray it.

What part of a still life drawing do you find most challenging?

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Questions & Answers

  • Can I still shade like this without erasers and stumps?

    Yes, you can. You can shade by just using your pencil and creating dark, light and in-between areas with your pencil strokes and varying degrees of pressure.

    The pencil strokes will be more prominent and the objects won't have a "smooth" appearance if they're not blended, but this is one way to shade your sketch without the erasers and stumps.

    If you don't have or don't want to use erasers and stumps and still want a smooth/blended appearance to your sketch, you can also blend objects using cotton balls, cotton swabs or small pieces of tissue. These can work well except with very small areas that need fine detail shading.

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      carolynkaye 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you, Jashan. I appreciate your comment.

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      Jashan 

      5 weeks ago

      Very nice beautiful

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      6 months ago

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      Thanks, preetika bachchan :)

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      2 years ago

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      Thank you, Marcia Julcilia :)

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      2 years ago

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      Hi Sarita, You're welcome and thanks so much :) I appreciate your comment! -Carolyn

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      sarita 

      2 years ago from Hisar

      You have a wonderful hub. I am a lover of pencil sketching. Thank you for sharing..

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      carolynkaye 

      2 years ago from USA

      Hello aesta1! Thank you, I appreciate your feedback :-)

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for taking the trouble of posting photos of the steps to take. They are more instructional.

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Heather :)

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      Heather Gilmour 

      3 years ago from London

      WOW, this is amazing! The fruits look so realistic and the step by step tutorial you made is so good.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 

      3 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      This is a fantastic Hub. I may give it a try this weekend.

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for letting me know Shyron. It doesn't look there's any type of contact link so I'm not sure what I can do...

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Carolyn, this hub is stolen and put up on a dating site using my name, and if you go to the site and click on the hub title it takes you to something else.

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the feedback, Kappygirl :) I'd love to hear how it turns out.

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      Kappygirl 

      3 years ago

      This was excellent! I have always wanted to take a drawing class. This is like having your own personal instructor :) I hope to try out these techniques soon. Thank you so much for sharing. Everything was clear and easy to understand. I just hope mine turns out like the example!

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      RTalloni, mary615, DreamerMeg, poetryman6969, MHiggins, techygran, Suman Miah, FlowerCS….Thank you all so much for your nice comments :) I'm glad to hear people enjoyed this Hub.

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      Lindsey A S 

      3 years ago from Delaware

      I really enjoyed the picture! This was a great choice as well as a great drawling I really liked this hub. I myself am great at many forms of art so i got so into this! I always strive to learn new things and improve on drawling etc. Great job!

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      Suman 

      3 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thanks, I learned a lot

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      Cynthia 

      3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Carolynkaye:

      Congratulations for the HOTD! You did a stellar presentation of how to draw a still life. I thought I knew something about it, but obviously that class back in 5th grade, 50+ years ago, wasn't enough lol. Stumps and tortillions are entirely new to me, and I watched my mother do charcoals and pastels. Live and Learn! Thank you for the motivational piece! ~Cynthia

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      Michael Higgins 

      3 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! Very interesting and well written. Thanks for all of the great info and congrats on HOTD!

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      As the bard, Clint Eastwood once said: A man's gotta know his limitations. At least the fruit can't run away when I draw. As I recall men ran away, or tried to whenever Clint Eastwood would draw.

      Still nice hub and good info!

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      DreamerMeg 

      3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I have never done art but I can see how to try it out from your Hub, if I want to. Very interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! I wish I could draw still life like this. I just need to practice more, I guess.

      Great Hub wish wonderful photos to explain how you draw like this.

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      RTalloni 

      3 years ago from the short journey

      Just stopping back in to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this tutorial. It still makes me want to stop everything and go spend time drawing! :)

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      @supercibor, @Robie Benve, @SusanDeppner, @Madelline, @Al-Lyn, @Lefty Jay, @colorfulone, @mySuccess8, @Peggasuse, @Peggy W, @swilliams, @Thelma Alberts and anyone else I missed...

      Thank you all for your comments on the HOTD. I really appreciate them all! It was a fun Hub to put together. I love still life drawings because each one is a brand new challenge and learning experience even for those not new to art.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      Congratulations on the HOTD award. A very deserving hub. I can´t draw but my hubby is an artist. He draws and paints mostly portraits. Some are landscapes and still life compositions.

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      swilliams 

      3 years ago

      You did an amazing job! I have a love for art! My family members are amazing artist, however I think that talent may have passed me up, however when I see articles such as this one it gives me hope! Voted up, and Tweeted out! Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This hub certainly deserved a HOTD accolade. Well done with your explanations and step by step photos. You certainly explained how to draw and shade still life objects well. Happy to share this! :)

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      Peggasuse 

      3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      Great Hub! I'm going to send the link to my grandson, to do as an art project :)

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      mySuccess8 

      3 years ago

      This is an excellent step-by-step drawing tutorial, supported by clear photographs. Pineapples, to someone who is not an artist, is a difficult object to draw, but you made it look so real. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day! I truly enjoyed your how to hub.

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      Chris Powell 

      3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Very excellent tutorial, I remember doing a still painting back in high school; had this info been around that time, I could have used a lot of the tips and pointers from this hub!

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      Allen Neims and Lynn Raynor 

      3 years ago

      What a great tutorial. The amount of detail you went into is very helpful and rarely done in other tutorials.

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      madelline MSW 

      3 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      I just started reading your awesome post! Thanks for this series on sketching and painting, although I have no natural gift for it , I found it a great pleasure and pastime working with paints since I've been semi-retired. Your pages will be a great help.

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      Susan Deppner 

      3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, what a great tutorial! Very deserving of Hub of the Day. Congratulations!

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      Robie Benve 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      Excellent hub! So glad to see an artistic subject picked as HOD and yours really deserves it! Great job!

      Voted up, useful, and pinned. :)

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      Hector Herrera 

      3 years ago from Dominican Republic

      Thanks for the great hub. I used to draw and now you have inspired me to go back and get my pencils and enjoy this great art.

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thanks, CharlieClaywell. Yes, taking a photo and working from that is a great way too because you don't have to worry about differences in light throughout the day. It can be difficult to do a large drawing from a small photo, so if you can print the photo in at least an 8x10" or put the photo full size on your computer screen, that makes it easier.

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you liked the Hub, pstraubie48. Thank you so much for your comments :)

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thank you, JCielo!

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      Charlie Claywell 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the step-by-step informative hub. I have always enjoyed pencil/pen art and have tried my hand at it a few times. I finally have a small room where I can set up objects for a drawing. I've also thought about taking a photograph of the set-up and drawing from that, although I'm not sure if it would be easier or harder than way?

      Great hub!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Congrats on HOTD. If a hub has ever deserved it, this one does.

      Your explanations and illustrations are so helpful.

      As for me, I can marvel at your work but alas my pineapple will ever remain a sort of melting oval on the canvas.....

      My art is only accomplished with words...what a gift you have bave an artist's eye and be able to translate it into a finished beauty.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      JCielo 

      3 years ago from England

      I used to love drawing and doing water colours. But that was years ago. You've inspired me to start again! Top class hub and really deserving of Hub of the Day. Congratulations!

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment, peachpurple. Apples take practice to get right. It's hard to get that 'shine' with just a pencil. I use an gum eraser to make highlights and that helps bring it to life.

      Hi Georgina_writes. Thanks much, I'm glad you liked the Hub :) I appreciate the comments.

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      Georgina Crawford 

      3 years ago from Dartmoor

      I really enjoyed your hub, your instruction was so clear. Good to meet a fellow artist. Following you. I loved the finished piece!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my teacher used to teach us how to draw apples and i never got right with the shadings

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      carolynkaye 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments, billycamryn and Kingslayercrow :)

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      Kingslayercrow 

      3 years ago

      Great tutorial, I'll use this guide next time I do a still life.

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      billycamryn 

      3 years ago

      I learned a few basics from this video tutorial - http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/Artists/... But, your blog was so detailed and long, that it clarified so many of my doubts. Thanks to both of you. Keep up the great work.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, mahnoorzafarkhan :)

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      mahnoorzafarkhan 

      4 years ago

      love it

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      Tolovaj 

      4 years ago

      I am always impressed how much can be done with shading. Beautifully done!

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      Margo Arrowsmith 

      4 years ago

      I once attended a self portrait class, that used a similar method, this works! Mine wasn't half bad, oh heck, I like mine!

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      Ana Maria Orantes 

      4 years ago from Miami Florida

      Miss. carolynkaye. I love your article. You did a beautiful job. congratulations to you for all the good work.

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      mariewj 

      4 years ago

      What a fantastic drawing and I loved seeing all your step by step photos on how you achieved that. I haven't done any real pencil art since college but I'd like to get back into it at some point.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi sprickita... Thanks for sharing those tips! I will have to try them next time. I appreciate your comments :)

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      sprickita 

      4 years ago from Reno

      If your working on a really tight budget iv found baby oil over finished work gives it a nice soft set tone and tear a sheet of paper in half,roll it diagonally, wrap with masking tape then rip off the tip is an inexpensive shading tool... Thanks for the great hub with tons of step by step pics loved it! 8-)

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      @ Hugo Furst - I'm glad you found it helpful. Thanks for the feedback an vote :)

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      Hugo Furst 

      4 years ago from Australia

      This is something I've always wanted to try. Thanks for writing this hub and filling it with great tips! Voted up :)

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hi Hezekiah. Thanks for your comments :)

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      Hezekiah 

      4 years ago from Japan

      Excellent tutorial there, drawing is one of my weakest skills, but using info like this I should be able to draw something my daughter doesn't laugh at and recognizes straight away without having to guess.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      @ loveofnight - I'm glad to hear that. Thanks! I'd love to hear how it turns out :)

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      loveofnight 

      4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      it's not just useful and interesting but helpful as well. unfortunately there was no helpful button. i really love this hub and do intend on using all of the steps and tips that you have given me. well done and thanks much, happy hubbing.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      @ Prithima Sharma -- Thank you!

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      @ Tom Schumacher - I appreciate your comments :-) Thank you!

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment & votes, Crystal :)

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      Prithima Sharma 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Superb hub, like the pics most.

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      Tom Schumacher 

      4 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Excellent hub! Information you revealed about the process of creating still life compositions, including recommended materials, is useful for beginning artists. Vote up!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      A great hub! Alas, I am no artist. Should have taken those painting classes when my mom offered to pay. voted up and sharing.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments, FullOfLoveSites!

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks much, Paul. I appreciate the feedback :-) This was a fun Hub to put together.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Prithima Sharma :)

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      FullOfLoveSites 

      4 years ago from United States

      Nice one! Outline first before all the details, it looks like I wanna buy a sketch pad myself start drawing! It's a good start to sketch first before you learn to paint. Thanks for posting. :)

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      Paul Edmondson 

      4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      You've done an amazing job with this. It makes me so happy and gives me energy when I see amazing hubs like this. Thank you (and thanks to GlimmerTwinFan for sharing:)

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      Prithima Sharma 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      hmm gud one

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks, ChristinS :-) Glad you liked the Hub! Thanx for your comments, vote, pinning :)

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your comments, RTalloni! Much appreciated :-)

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks, erinshelby :)

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      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      What an excellent and detailed hub, makes me want to go dig out my old pencils again :) voted and pinning

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      Encouraging others to draw is good stuff. I always find that those who say they can't are happily surprised at how they feel about it if they will just start.

      Guiding others in drawing is even better stuff. This is a neat tutorial and I'm pinning, sharing, etc.

      I enjoyed this very much for it has made me want to take time for an activity that I love, but too often put off for other things.

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      erinshelby 

      4 years ago from United States

      Nice intro for folks with an interest in this. Good step-by-step photos.

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      carolynkaye 

      4 years ago from USA

      Glad you found it helpful, FlourishAnyway. Thanks for the votes & pin :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      This was very detailed and useful to those of us who are interested in exercising our artistic sides but don't quite know what to do. I appreciated the tips you provided. I will share this with a budding young artist I know. Voted up and more, pinning.

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