No worries man. I really like that second one Elwell posted...gives me all kinds of ideas on how to make one that is pretty variable. In an atelier or academy where a bunch of students are drawing/painting still lifes at the same time they have to be able to control the light on each setup.
Anyway, good ideas there on how to make one really easy.
What would Caravaggio do?
So it's just a box? That's slightly anti-climactic, though encouraging because I definitely have plenty of those.
I've started collecting things in my house that vaguely resemble spheres and I've drawn a few briefly, probably gonna go a bit more in depth with it later tonight. Also, I saw this: http://www.amazon.com/BASIC-GEOMETRI...d_sim_sbs_ac_1. Would that be a good investment? What about styrofoam shapes? I feel like I really need to study the most basic of basic items at this point.
Looking at the Amazon link, I see the equivalents in..Any square box (teabags?), Pringles can, Toblerone box, kids football, don't see anything cone or pyramid shaped lying around this particular room..
Basically, if you can find those things and spray them white for less than 10 bucks, do that, otherwise sure, go with those.
Materials don't matter, it's just some uncomplicated shapes that you can observe and draw for a while y'know?*
*Pringles and Toblerone boxes do come with free snacks though. Bonus.
On a tangent, I would love to see a set of photos of others' (especially master) drawings of spheres and basic shapes in a variety of mediums. Mostly because I'm curious to see how they approached rendering values, whether with lines, cross hatches, flat sweeps of tone, and how many different levels of tone... just, well, their interpretation (art) of the basic forms.
I like this idea!! Things get so much more interesting when you aren't trying to shade photo realistically but are using lines in a cruder manner in my opinion.