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« on: January 19, 2005 09:26:14 PM »

so im in a bind here
for my printmaking class we are in a silkscreen unit and the theme for the next project is still life. I do not want to do the overdone bowl of fruit or fllower thing but am at a loss of what to do. I need some serious inspiration ...does anyone have any funky ideas.

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2005 03:50:51 AM »

does water come under still life.. like if the water is moving i rekon its not stil like but things that r all splashy and have like droplets look cool... but yeah i dunno if thats still life

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2005 05:43:45 AM »

why not gather 5 or 6 of your favorite crafting supplies and set them up as a still life?  i remember doing still lifes with perfume bottles, wine bottles, drapey fabrics, feathers, tea sets. anything laying around your house really.  look for items with contrasting textures, those usually are the most fun to draw  Smiley

« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2005 06:03:57 AM »

my favorite still life was done with various doll and maniquin parts

also white on white makes for interesting times...white sheet with a white cup, an egg, whatevers about thats white
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2005 08:48:48 PM »

I know this is an old topic, but ironically I'm in the same boat. I'm running out of ideas of what the heck to draw for a still life, I think i"ve drawn everything in my apartment already.... & i find bottles really boring to draw (i think glass bottles & fruit are too cliche and boring - if i have to draw another one i'm going to scream). here are some of my favorite things to draw in a still life:

-drift wood
-draped fabric
-sea shells

i think the best place to find random objects to draw for still lifes are at your local goodwill, salvation army or thrift store.

THUS... i will brainstorm for some other ideas of what to draw: (so i can figure out what the heck to draw too...)

-random machine/car parts
-various kitchen gadgets
-tape dispensers
-hair dryer
-eye glasses
-holiday ornaments
-origami objects (like paper cranes)
-thread spools
-dress form
-baseball caps
-egg beaters
-egg carton
-cheese grater
-crumpled up paper
-old school pencil sharpener

hmm ok i have to go finish my homework now (50 still life drawings, YIPES!!!)

« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2005 02:21:27 PM »

bottles might be boring...but try perfume bottles, they have some very interesting shapes. bonus if you set them on top a mirror and draw the reflection as well.

« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2005 04:30:42 PM »

my favorite still life was done with various doll and maniquin parts

also white on white makes for interesting times...white sheet with a white cup, an egg, whatevers about thats white

The dalls and maniquin parts sound very cool! Wink

Also theres always musical instruments?...cameras?...like someone suggested water...
umm....Im kinda stumped...
trees?....black balloon in an interesting environment...?

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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2005 12:45:12 PM »

OH MY GOD. I *HATE* still life! I know it's good practise and all...but I hate it. Urrgh. Feel your pain. I prefer studies of faces and the like.

However, something which is really beautifulto draw (i think) is draped fabric. Such as silk nestling on a fan, with some roses. That sounds really cheesy, but I can honestly imagine it as very nice.

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2005 12:51:29 PM »

I'm taking a printmaking class right now, and I'm at a loss for inspiration.
I think I'll try to take a break on the abstract track I've been on and try out some of these still life suggestions. I'm even googling "BLOCK PRINT" images right now, trying to turn on my lightbulb...

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