I planned my composition by first creating a thumbnail sketch. A thumbnail sketch is the process of planning out how your picture, drawing, painting is going to turn out by creating a picture of a picture without any details. I used my handy dandy sketch book to plan out my whole still life by making a small horizontal rectangle and sketched my simple objects just to see how things would look!
I did this several times until I got to the layout that most interested me. The viewfinder helped me locate the best view and composition for my still life. It helped me by giving me a different perspective of all my objects.
I made my objects appear three-dimensional by using contour lines and lots of depth and shading that would give even more perspective. To top off my picture, I made a unique light source to demonstrate shadows and other fun uses of shading.