Friday, January 11, 2019

100 Starts - Number 97

Number 97 of my 100 Starts project
Number 97 of my 100 Starts project

This was a good lesson in how a white plate isn't actually painted white on the canvas. The highlights on the curved edge were actually the brightest parts, so I needed to make the rest of the plate darker than white for those highlights to show up.

The highlights on the cherry tomatoes were really fun to add at the end — they're a light red rather than pure white, but against the intense red of the tomatoes they appear much brighter. I'm intrigued by that aspect of working with color! The way it looks on the palette is so different from the way it looks in context next to the other colors.

Since the white plate is so shiny and reflective, I had fun adding reflected light into the cast shadows, making them come more alive.

To help get the objects in this still life drawn where I wanted them, I did a lot of looking at negative spaces. I'd say this was fairly successful, except for the rim of the plate which doesn't look very realistic. Another check with the viewfinder probably would have helped with that.

Now that I'm in the home stretch I wanted to start posting these daily. The previous studies can be found here.