Assignment 1: Studies for Natural still life objects


Felt tip study

I put a fair bit of thought into what to use for the subject matter of the natural still life project. I final settled on a flower arrangement. I have studied individual flowers before but never attempted a still life of a entire arrangement. I thought it would make for a challenging study.

This quick felt tip study I made from a bunch of flowers that where already in the house decided me.


Still life arrangement

After that it was a case of setting up the arrangement. I visited a few florists to gain inspiration before deciding on the blooms I wanted. I chose a bunch of yellow roses with purple stocks and a bunch of mixed lisianthus that I love and seem to be every where this year. They came in two different stems. One with lemony, greenish White buds and white with pink trim opened flowers. The other a beautiful rich burgundy bud opening to a burgundy and red/violet flower.

I tried to chose colours that have a relationship with each other. I seemed to remember yellow and violet are complementary and red and green of course. Once home I checked with my trusty colour wheel  and was pleased to see red/violet, yellow and green makes a split complementary. Along with this the yellowed green hues are analogue as are the violets and reds. So harmonies all round. Great!

I toyed with the idea of just laying the flowers on a surface for drawing but released they would wilt pretty quick with out water not leaving sufficient time to draw them so this option was out. I knew I had to add a vase although no a natural object. I settled on a green glass one to revel the stems and fit with the colour scheme. I set the arraignment on a small table covered in a white sheet. I set a lamp up to give greater contrast of light so the shadow arrears where more defined.

Next i set up an easel and drawing board about 2 meters away. From this view point I was looking from a 45ish degree angle to the arrangement that was below my eye line.

I dashed of some quick thumbnails and study to work out proportions deliberately working as quickly as I could. I am conscious that I am a slow worker and will try to speed up on  the course where possible so I can stick to my target of completing Drawing 1: drawing skills in one year.


  • A4 sketcher
  • Charcoal
  • Soft Pastel
  • Sienna drawing pencil

About Emma Perring

Artist, oil painter

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