When drawing there are many kinds of techniques you can use from to bring your drawing to life. One of the most common types used for still life is line direction. Line direction can be used to help get the shape of an object without having to have a thick outline around it. This also can help out with shading and object as well. The types of lines you use can also help convey a story in a drawing as well. Horizontal lines help convey a feeling of rest or peace, while curved lines help convey energy.
A great example of this is are garden fountains. They loom very tranquil with the bases showing Space with how wide they are. However they also show energy with the water flowing and not having a defined shape.