Today’s still life sketch – a pear!





Back to drawing practice, friends. ¬†I’m using still life drawings to practice my skill with and there are no shortage of subjects. ¬†Here’s one sketch I did of a strawberry.

Strawberry pencil drawing

I’ll have more up in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Willem Claeszoon Heda

Today, rather than talk about my drawings, I’ll talk a bit about the work of someone else for a change. ¬†That person is Willem Claeszoon Heda.

What was that? ¬†You’ve never heard of him. ¬†Compared to many other famous artists out there like Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt, he’s not one of the better known artists.

Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594-1680) was a Dutch artist who was best known for working exclusively in still life.  You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

His still life paintings are a sight to behold.

Breakfast with a Crab

“Breakfast with a Crab” by Willem Heda

If you’re into still life, Heda’s pieces are definitely worth studying.

He uses a wide range of ellipses in his work and check out that table cloth.  It looks quite realistic.  This is a good example to study of how to render cloth folds.


Nothing special here.  Just a sketch in HB graphite pencil of a cherry.




Another one of my still life drawings.



This was sketched with a flat sketching pencil, an HB pencil and a 2B pencil.

Blue Vase

Here’s another of my gouache paintings.


Blue Vase

"Blue Vase", Gouache on 12x16 in. paper


It’s amazing that I could get a number of different shades of blue by diluting the paint with opaque white. ¬†Personally, I find this gouache painting one of my better still life works.

Lemon and Prunes

I have another painting for this week’s post. ¬†This is one of my better gouache paintings from my summer class.

Lemon and Prunes

"Lemon and Prunes", Gouache on 12x16 in. paper

This works well.  I use abstraction here to define the shapes and the complements of purple and yellow work well to give a very pleasing visual.