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MINI LESSON: CUPS (7 of 8)
I should have mentioned earlier that I use a viewfinder when I'm drawing out my composition (from life). I mark the edges of my viewfinder and panel as shown to the left. This is a kind of simple "grid" that helps me figure out where things in my scene live.
You can draw the entire rectangle, or just little dashes where the stack touches it, but think of the lines extended so you can compare them to other things in your setup (if there is anything).
Specifically you will want to pay attention to how you are slicing up the stack. In my example, cup B is my smallest slice. Next is A, then C, then D. Measure to make sure your guesses are correct. This is a little tough because depending on where you measure each cup it will be different. So pick and spot and remember it.
At this point you have the general placement of your stack. Now you just have to figure out the curves, and add the handles. The top curve of the top cup is always the trickiest for me, and for that I have no easy solution, sorry. This is where you just need to make a guess, step back and see if it looks right, then try again.