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Still Life Drawing in Crayon


Art Supplies: Caran d'Ache Neocolor I Crayons
Art Supplies: Permanent Fixative
Art Supplies: Black Mat Board
Art Supplies: White Plastic Eraser
Art Supplies: Drawing Board
Art Prof, Art Supply Encyclopedia: Clamp Light

Substitute Supplies

The supplies listed below cost less, and can be used instead of the supplies above.

Art Supplies: Chalk Pastels
Art Supplies: Hairspray
Hairspray is NOT archival!
Art Supplies: Black Paper
Art Supplies: Crayola Crayons
Art Supplies: Oil Pastels
Art Supplies: Colored Pencils


Piper Matthew, Architecture Student

“I never realized just how much work goes into setting up a still life! I spent about the same amount of time drawing as I did setting it up, and maybe that is because I was picky but I really wanted it to look well composed.

The tip about adding something beneath the drapery to hoist something upward was genius!

Final Still Life Drawing, Finished
Britt Sodersjerna

“This tutorial was a really great learning experience for me, because during it, I realized that I have never really considered color in my still life set ups before. Professor Lieu’s advice in color contrast and intensity really helped me make a piece that was far more engaging than if I hadn’t had the advice and just made it on my own.  

Armed with a medium I had very little experience in, I felt much more confident and prepared after watching this tutorial.”

Final Still Life Drawing, in progress
Amy Hollshwandner

“This tutorial was the perfect combination of structure and freedom for me. I had the ability to control the set up and the pace that I worked at, but I also felt encouraged me to experiment with a new medium and try out some riskier compositions. 

Overall, making deliberate decisions throughout the entire process was extremely valuable for me.”

Final Still Life Drawing, Finished

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