Dutch Still Lifes with Value

Draw a still life using value to create space and visual drama.

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  • Your drawing must be done from life
  • Your drawing must have at least three objects in it
  • There must be a foreground, middleground and background

Keep in Mind:

  • Dutch Still Lifes had a wide range of values, check and see if your drawing has a full range of values.  Use your value scale as a guide.
  • Try to avoid contour lines, use value to distinguish shapes from one another
  • Wrap your marks around the object, like a piece of string, to show their shape
  • Don’t forget to look at your still life!

Download the PowerPoint here: dutchstilllifepresentation

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