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Understanding Shapes
Shapes within shapes: Every object within a still life can be broken down into a simple geometric form or a combination of simple forms and shapes:

Circle/Sphere
Ellipse/Ovoid/Egg-Shape
Square/Cube
Rectangle/Block/Cylinder
Triangle/Cone

Look at the items chosen for the still life and visualize which of these shapes apply. You may have a complex object that can be broken down into more than one of these forms. Study the object carefully to see if you can determine the breakdown. If you are new to rendering art forms, start with simple basic objects that are easier to replicate on a two dimensional surface.

Here's an example of breaking down objects into simple forms:

Finding simple geometric shapes within more complex objects - Still Life

The berries in the vase can be broken down into circles and ellipses. Keep these simplified shapes in mind as you gather objects for your still lifes.

Seven Marks

Line: Straight vs. Curved
Shapes: Flat
Value: Light to Dark.
Color: Hue, Value, Intensity, Temperature (warm vs. cool)
Texture: Rough, Smooth, Matt, Glossy
Size: Proportion, Measure, Scale, Ratio
Direction: Horizontal, Vertical, Slanted

Seven Ideas

Unity
Contrast
Dominance
Repetition
Harmony
Balance: formal/symmetrical vs. informal/asymmetrical
Gradation

Three Cubed

Three Shapes, Three Values, Three Sizes

Values In Composition - Six Value Plans

White Background
Light Neutral Background
Dark Neutral Background
Black Background
Checkerboard
Gradation

 

 

Flat Paper/Flat Shapes + Line

 

Space

 

Color

 

 

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