BOTTLE AND BREAD
BY WILLIAM F. POWELL
his exercise was drawn on vellum-finish Bristol board with an HB pencil. Vellum finish has a bit more "tooth" than the smoother plate finish does, resulting in darker pencil marks. The simplest items in your kitchen can be gathered up into an inviting scene.
Paying Attention to Detail In the close-up examples below, the guidelines show the distorted wine level, which is caused by the bottle's uneven curves. An artist must make important observations like this in order to create natural, true-to-life drawings.
Blocking In the Composition Begin lightly sketching the wine bottle, bread loaf, knife, and cutting board, roughing in the prominent items first, then adding the remaining elements in step 2. Continue refining the shapes in step 3, and then indicate the placement for the backdrop.
Placing Highlights and Shadows tightly outline where the highlights will be so you don't accidentally fill them in with pencil. Now add shadows with uniform diagonal strokes. Use vertical strokes on the sides of the cutting board.