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Extensive General Overview & Notes

Kitchen Ceramics 


  1. Arrange the still life so that in your imagination you can pass between the objects to the back of the picture. This approach will relax the mind of the viewer. 

  2. Start in the top of the picture which is at the top of the objects. Work from the furthest objects to the closest. Remember to overlap the different shapes and sizes to create an interesting composition and perspective. Vanishing points will not be explored in this theme.

  3. As the objects placed overlapping move towards the viewer try not to place them directly in front of each other. Move the objects slightly to the left or right to have it still overlapping, but not creating visual confusion. Use your artistic license to iron out these issues with your arrangement. 

  4. Most objects will be elliptical so again practice your ellipses in your visual diary or Kraft pad. 

  5. Draw in your shapes very softly at first and once you are happy with your shapes you can increase the shading, contrast and tonal values to gradually build up the picture.  

  6. Remember to look at the theme more than your picture. Glancing at it frequently which will connect you to both in a more beneficial way. 

  7. Ceramic objects are less reflective than metal objects. They are smooth, solid and heavy in appearance.

8. Their colours vary according to the individual items. They have dark, mid and light variations according to their individual colour. 

9. Although they have darks and lights they have a bigger range of variable midtones. They have a polished appearance as a result of their glazing. Their colours can gently reflect onto each other slightly. 

10. Look at the arrangement for a while before you  commence so you can identify what makes ceramic unique compared to other studies like From The Pantry and Kitchen Metallica. 


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