There are different genres in painting such as landscape, portrait and still life. Portraits are creating a painting of a life model, landscape is the painting of the environment and the last genre is still life which will be discussed in this article.
When creating still life paintings, the artist has full control of the subject. The artist would need to set the subject in a proper place where lighting is good, most likely north facing a window, having artificial lights or reflectors. When the artist has established this he can now be able to focus on his art.
First thing you’d need to ensure is that the painting is just how you want it. Try having a practice drawing first with sketches since painting it is completely different form looking at it. Then try to analyze the tonal values and make sure that the light patterns are just right. After the practice sketch and the tonal values, you will now have to deal with the color schemes.
After all those have been done, you will need to finalize. Finalizing includes making sure that the lighting and composition is correct. Many artists will not paint exactly what they see; they will in fact have some modifications to either make it better or to be able to express their personality in it.
The next step will be completely up top you; it all depends as to what style you will be using. You may want to handle the approach via the old master which is time consuming because it requires repeated layers of paints and glazes. But it allows great control and variety.
Here are some suggestions to make your still life painting more realistic, that even some people might think it’s the real deal.
- Don’t light all objects equally; choose an object that will be the center of interests.
- Decide on the concept, give the object some mass and paint some shadows.
- Create a distinctive shape for every different object. Don’t make all your different fruits look all like apples. If the grape and lemons you plan on making seems to look like an apple I think you have a problem.
- The object can either be across looking shallow or into the canvas.
- Start your painting with the center of interest.
- For objects to be lighted, the surface in which they are on must also be lighted
- Try to add other colors by using the monochrome to make the object more realistic and prevent dullness.
- Decide and understand how you will be able to bring what you want pout of your subject.
- Establish the ground plane because it is also important.
- The darkest part in the picture is the line of shadow in the objects.