Cylinder Practice

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Purpose: To complete a still-life drawing, in which you:

• Find the correct proportions of objects
• Closely observe and draw correct ellipses on your cylinders
• Find the relationship between objects
• Find the objects’ relative positions in space
• Use a variety of marks to define the forms
• Add value to show three-dimensions

Please set up a small still life of three or more overlapping cylinders. They should be different widths and heights and one should be on its side. You should be able to see (and draw) the top and bottom ellipses in all cylinders. You should also be able to see (and draw) shadows on all cylinders and the ground.

You should:

  • * Use a strong light source. Shut overhead lights off and use a lamp or flashlight.
  • * Position the three objects so that they OVERLAP each other
  • * Orient your page vertically
  • * Draw as close to life size as your page will allow.
  • * As you begin your drawing, mark location points to help you figure out proportions and placement of objects on the page.
  • * Use line variation/sensitivity (light/dark, thin/thick) to indicate the light source, the structure, and detail.
  • * Define the shapes of your objects by adding value (NOT SMUDGING). Look back in your sketchbook for inspiration from the work of van Gogh or other artists. See what strategies they used to create values.
  • * Use subtle changes in value; look carefully at your still-life to see the changes. Make your darks dark and keep lights light; your overall drawing should not look gray.

Pencil, eraser
Three objects