Trompe L’Oeil

Using┬áchosen still objects, create a self portrait, or the portrait of an inspirational character (from the Bible, novel, movie…?), with out using an image of the person.

This project is to focus on two things:

  1. Well observed objects with a focus on color observation
  2. Creating visual depth within the shallow space.

Remember to include a color card or high chroma piece of paper to create a color in the cast shadows and reflected light area of at least one of your objects.

Draw the objects at roughly life size. The drawing should be 8×11.5 – 12×16 -ish but no larger. The composition does not have to be rectangular.

Here are a list of some of the visual tools that can used to create depth.

  • Perspective (Objects & Shadows)
  • Shadow Edges
  • Overlapping Shapes
  • High Chroma vs. Lower Chroma
  • Higher Contrast Forward, Lower Contrast Behind (value of the objects)
  • High Contrast, Low Contrast (Objects against the background.
  • Hard Edges vs. Soft Edges
  • Density of Visual Information

Media- Use Color Pencils, though you can use a normal pencil to sketch out the composition.

Artists to look at.

Guy Diehl

Scott Fraser

Russell Harris

Greg Mort

Mikel Glass

Will Wilson

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Still life with Matisse, 2015, Guy Diehl, Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 30
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