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Step 1: Still-Life Design And Composition


This short lesson covers how to do still-life design and composition. Unlike landscape composition, still-life composition is controllable, since you can move your objects around and set them up however you like. Steve emphasizes the importance of taking a few minutes to plan ahead, as a painting with good design will draw the viewer’s eye to the main subject rather than look messy and confusing.

Steve shows how to arrange a pinecone, a lemon, and a banana to create an aesthetic arrangement of forms. Feel free to play around with different objects, and try to create depth by rearranging the objects so they overlap rather than lining them up in a row. You can also adjust the lighting to make the shadows clearer. As a general rule of thumb, use 1 light to make the shadows easier to see.