I produced this drawing as a preparatory study for a subsequent still life in oil. I worked fairly quickly and used the drawing to focus on resolving a few specific problems.
My intention was to convey the off-white colour of the larger vase, keying down the local colour in order to allow for a much lighter highlight. I also wanted to include a coloured background and capture the reflection of that in the base of the vase.
The little Chinese urn was an afterthought intended to add interest. The drawing provided a useful means of studying how best to render the pattern and the edge variation in its cast shadow.
Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.