Pick a still life from the eight choices below to be the subject of your first project, which is a monochromatic master study. The images are displayed as thumbnails for the sake of the length of this post. Clicky click any of them for a bigger view.
Please e-mail me the title/artist of your chosen still life NO LATER than 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 28.
I realize this is a somewhat tight turn around and you probably have a gabillion other things going on (and it’s only the second week of school… what the what?) However, it shouldn’t take too long. Therefore, I ask you pretty please with mounds of buttercream frosting on top to do this for me, because I have to prepare appropriately sized painting surfaces, and I’d very much like enough time to do it that I can avoid accidentally sawing off body parts.
(I know… I know… that image is SO wrong, but I couldn’t help myself)
Tips on Choosing a Still Life
When you have the aforementioned gabillion things to do, it’s tempting to just pick the thing that looks easiest and go with it. I suggest, however, that you take time to really consider what you’re most interested in trying and learning from. Don’t be afraid to declare, “Challenge Accepted!” Pushing limits is how we go from meh to AWESOME.
Also, consider the subject matter, the composition and even the color. Yes, color, because although we’ll be working monochrome now, these still lifes are going to grow up in a big ol’ way later in the semester. As stated in the Project Detail, we will use tracings of the paintings to establish the baseline drawing, so you don’t need to worry about anything but building beautiful values (in other words, don’t let a sophisticated drawing scare you off).
Answers abound. Comment or e-mail, and I’ll do my best to help.