Setting Up a Still Life
What you need:Soft Pastel Crayons
Composing a still life gives you a great deal of control over the subject because all the decisions are up to you! You can choose the lighting, the background, the type of objects you want to include, and what textures you want to depict. Try selecting objects with a variety of shapes and sizes, and be sure to overlap the elements to avoid a stagnant composition.
Also keep in mind that it’s easier to control an artificial light source rather than relying on natural light - with artificial light, the shadows will remain constant throughout the painting process. Because careful observation is so important in still life painting, place your setup slightly below eye level, and stand close to it so you can see the details. For this painting, a number of light sources and arrangements were tested before settling on the most visually interesting setup - a slightly asymmetric arrangement with a strong light source coming from the left.