About Colour Conté
Colour conté is a dry medium which has a similar consistency to chalk. It is commonly used to make still life drawings. They usually come in a assorted colour sets of 12. The colours can range from very bright to muted earth tones. Conté is usually applied onto coloured or toned paper.
colour conté sticks
subject matter (fruit)
Part 1 - Drawing Fruit
The first part of the lesson is meant to help you get familiar with using conté sticks. We will practice drawing with them on small sheets of coloured paper with fruits as our subject matter.
- Select a fruit for your drawing.
- Choose a paper colour that you think suites your subject.
- Select a conté stick and lightly sketch the outline of your fruit onto the paper.
- Colour your fruit while keeping in mind the light source and outer contours of your subject.
- Blend and mix different colours until you get the desired tones.
- Use a smudging stick for smaller detail work.
- Use "cool colours" to indicate the shadows on your fruit.
- Apply white to add highlights.
- Use a rubber eraser to remove any unwanted colour and smudges.
Part 2 - Drawing a Still Life
In the second part of the lesson, we will be drawing a still life with a variety of fruits, vegetables and other objects. This activity will require us to draw on a vertical surface using an easel.
- Lightly sketch the outline of the still life onto coloured paper using a 4B pencil.
- Colour in your drawings with conté while keeping in mind the light source and shadow.
- Use different colours to indicate light and shadows on the objects.
- Take a step back to critique your artwork and rework areas that need improvement.