Assignment 1: Sketch book studies and notes for made objects still life


  • A4 sketch book
  • pencil
  • fine liner
  • colouring pencils
  • oil pastil

I salvaged some bottles and jars from the recycling tying to get a selection of shapes and sizes. Sadly no coloured glass was available. But maybe an all clear arrangement will look best anyway. I scoured the labels off most of the vessel leaving two still on.

I started with a sketch of the arrangement in using assorted drawing tools mentioned in list above. This pencil study of the olive oil bottle is the fist attempt at depicting glass in a realistic fashion.


  • A4 sketch book
  • pencil
  • pen
  • colour pencil
  • dipping ink

These thumb nails show different arrangements. By this point I had soaked al the labels off so I was just dealing with transparent glass surfaces to study. The first, top right as you look at it was done kneeling on the floor looking up at the bottles. Also I was viewing them virtually end on. This gave an interesting overlapping view point where I could observe glass through glass and the distortions that occurred because of this.

Second thumb nail is viewed almost  straight on with the glass wear at chest level. I think this is the composition I’m going with for further studies.

For the third thumb nail turned full page study I arranged on the floor so as to be looking down on it, I used the striped cloth to add more interest and to observe how it changed when viewed through the cylindrical transparent jars and bottles.

I arranged the objects so they where at different visual depths towards and away from my eye. With the arrangement on the radiator I can only sit them all in a line.

This was an enjoyable study. I observed subtle green and blue/purple shades in the glass. So I used green and  purple colouring pencils to suggest form and glass. The stripped material is really blue but as my blue colouring pencil has gone missing I went for orange purely because I thought it would work well with the rest of the page. I started the drawing by marking in the outlines with a soft brown pencil that I also used to indicate shadow.


About Emma Perring

I am an artist working in mainly soft pastel at present.

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