Still Life Inking Classes



Assalamu allaikum Parents and Students,

This weekend, students were introduced to Still Life using Ink. This is a bit different than my last course that had Still Life Drawing. In the first course, students had to just use pencil to draw and shade in their objects. In this course, students have to use pencil then use ink / pen to trace and use an inking technique to shade in their objects. If the students found this to be difficult, I understand. It’s not easy. With practice and patience students will learn to use Ink the way they feel comfortable with.

Why Still LIfe?

Still Life Drawing is by far the most difficult and skilled class I offer. Why? It involves 3 aspects of my course: Drawing, Shading and 3D shapes. Students combine all three skill sets they’ve learned and apply it in this lesson. Its sort of like an assessment on how far they got and what they have learned so far. The more they practiced and learned will show in this lesson(s).

Below are the classes, dates, what was discussed / practiced and the results of each class.

November 28, 2015: 9:00am – 10:30am

  • Introduction to Still Life
  • Looked at the fruit the student brought
  • Form shapes of different fruits
  • Drawing practice of fruit form without ink
  • Role of light
  • Composition rules
  • Used of depth and value in composition
  • Creating a composition
  • Measuring and drawing the fruits
  • Different shading techniques
  • Cleaned up

Finish inking the pictures of the fruit (banana, apple, kiwi)
Finish inking the picture below. Send the pictures of final drawing to me

Here are the results:


November 28, 2015:  11:30am – 1:00pm

  • Introduction to Still Life
  • What is Still Life?
  • Looked at the fruit they brought
  • Looked at the texture of the fruit
  • Talked about texture of things
  • Drew and Inked an apple
  • Composed fruits together
  • Adjusted the lighting
  • Younger student sculpted a dinosaur
  • Both students drew and inked the dinosaur with the fruit
  • Cleaned up

Draw and Ink 2 pictures of any fruit you want. Choose the best one and send the picture to me

Here are the results:


I recommend students to practice more at home. At least 15 minutes to 1 hour a day to see faster results. These drawings of mine are the result of years of practicing and I’m still learning. Alhamdullilah.


Thank you for your time. May Allah accept our efforts and forgive our shortcomings, ameen.





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