Drawing still life is one artistic discipline where every element can be controlled by the artist - composition, lighting, shape, colour and tone. This makes it a perfect subject for beginners. This guide provides information on the tools and materials needed and the basic techniques - including line and line quality, rendering tone and depicting colour as tone, using erasing as a creative process and mixing media. There is also advice on organizing the subject and lighting, composition and perspective. The ten practical demonstrations cover a range of subjects, for example, fruit, flowers, stones and shells, garden tools and fabric. These are drawn in a variety of media including pencil, graphite pencil, charcoal, chalk and pen and ink. Each step-by-step demonstration is clearly illustrated with colour photographs accompanied by instructive text.
Ian Sidaway is an experienced artist. He originally trained as a graphic designer and began painting in the 1970s. Since then, he has been widely exhibited and his work is now owned by private collectors throughout Europe, the United States and Australia. He has illustrated many books and has written several beginner's art guides. His latest book, The Instant Artist won the Artist's Choice Practical Art Book of the Year, 2002. He lives in Twickenham, London.