On 18 x 24 in. drawing paper using graphite pencils make a drawing of a place setting for a meal. Your still life should illustrate the "before" or "after" of the meal. Your composition is of utmost importance. Most students start this drawing with very "poor" compositions. DO NOT draw a plate in the middle of your paper with silverware on either side. Note in the drawings above that the "viewer" is looking across the table and not straight down at a plate. Create an asymmetrical composition including: plates, glassware, silverware, etc. You may also include cereal boxes or condiment bottles and the like for a stronger "narrative."