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

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

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