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VIDEO: How to Realistically Paint “White” Objects In a Still Life Painting

In a still life painting, every object’s color is affected by the colors of the objects around them. . . but white objects are affected more than most, which can make them very difficult to paint.

In the following video, Craig Nelson explains his process for painting two white eggs. He starts by analyzing the reflected colors that appear in the shadows of the eggs, then works his way towards the lightest color (a nearly pure white). Along the way, he includes tips for naturally blending the paint. Take a look:

If you liked this video, check out Craig’s full-length tutorial at Creative Catalyst.

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When you want to draw an object with realistic volume, or mass, it helps to be able to "see" the underlying shapes that make up that object. These aren't complicated geometric patterns—basically, you're just looking for shapes like circles, squares, triangles, etc, and combining them together to form the structure of your drawings. In the following video, David Kitler demonstrates how he does it: . . read more

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