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Back to Basics: How to Draw a Still Life | Instant Access!

Learn two different techniques for making realistic still life drawings!

In this video series, artists Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond demonstrate the steps to create two still life drawings. The first drawing will use a range of pencils to create subtle layers of shadow. The second will involve erasing highlights on a base layer of charcoal and adding additional detail with pencil. This course is broken down into fifteen video lessons, each one approx. 10 minutes.

Learning the fundamentals of drawing is beneficial for all artists. This course is great for artists at every stage, from beginners to advanced. Learning the basics is important because it gives artists a foundation to build on. This course will start at the very beginning and walk you through the steps and techniques of creating two still life drawings, with an emphasis on improving observational drawing skills.

Students can apply the skills learned in this course to create more drawings of any subject matter and in any style. The sky’s the limit once you learn the basics!

This class is for everyone - from beginners to more experienced artists - with an emphasis on foundational skills. As professional artists and teachers, Paul and Melissa have met many artists who commonly face a lot of the same issues when creating their art. Learn how to use simple tools to create beautiful results. It’s never too late to get back to basics!

How It Works

Immediately after purchasing this course, you will receive a pdf by email containing the link to watch all of the course videos. You have unlimited access to these videos.


You are welcome to work with any drawing materials you'd like, but here's a list of everything Paul and Melissa will be using in this series:

  1. Drawing pencils - 4H, HB, 4B
  2. Kneaded eraser
  3. 2 sheets of drawing paper (or watercolor paper/tablet)
  4. Pencil sharpener
  5. Vine charcoal


        1. Introduction
        2. Projects
        3. Materials
        4. Project 1: Sketch
        5. Project 1: 4H Pencil
        6. Project 1: HB Pencil Part 1
        7. Project 1: HB Pencil Part 2
        8. Project 1: 4B Pencil Part 1
        9. Project 1: 4B Pencil Part 2
        10. Project 2: Background Tone & Sketch
        11. Project 2: Dark Shadows
        12. Project 2: Erasing Highlights
        13. Project 2: Adding Detail
        14. Project 2: Finishing Touches
        15. Closing Thoughts

        About the Instructors

        Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. As an illustrator, has created over four hundred novel cover illustrations. He is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through art. 

        Melissa Forman spends her time creating a richly visual world filled with characters created from an opulent, mysterious, and often eerie imagination. Her lovely, idealized figures seem lost in their own worlds, drifting between the 16th, 18th, 19th and 21st centuries. Melissa has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits since she was 14. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in 2002. She now lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. Her personal work has been shown in galleries around the world, from New York City to Seattle to Los Angeles to Berlin, Germany to Bristol, England.

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