Art at heart
Well, I’m Chantal, French and retired from teaching English. I now have some spare time and spend quite a lot of it trying to get better at drawing and painting watercolour. I’m a hard worker, so that I study, read, practice, etc..
My challenge is to become an accomplished artist. I’d like to be able to draw and paint any subject. I’m especially fond of portraits, but I can still progress and I love painting city scenes and landscapes, to which I nearly always integrate people.
From the demos and explanations I’ve read, I think the Drawing Academy is exactly the tool that might be useful to help me become a better painter…
Nature rejuvenates life!
I have always felt landscapes are the most appealing form of art. This is the try to appeal your aesthetic senses too
Veteran finds hope in Art!
I am a disabled U. S. Navy veteran from the Vietnam era. Born in rural Michigan of a blue-collar Polish family immigrants, I was never exposed to fine art. I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which severely affects my concentration and short term memory as a result of my military service.
With the encouragement of a Veterans Administration Counselor, I took some drawing and painting workshops and studied self teaching books and found that they helped me to begin a road to recovery. Literally, art saved my life and has given me hope for the future. Drawing and painting have been therapy for me and I am thankful I found art. It has improved my ability to concentrate and improve my short term memory…
I am a self-taught artist who greatly appreciates the traditional methods of drawing. Art has always been a passion of mine. For me it serves as an outlet for relaxation.
I often have issues with drawing hands and feet, sometimes faces depending on the angles. I would like to learn how to make my art look more realistic. I am always searching for new techniques to further improve my art.
“Mikey D” – The Chiropractor/Artist
I am a widowed, single father of three children. I am a Chiropractor by profession. I also have FSH Muscular Dystrophy. I was diagnosed in November 2004. In October of 2008, I could no longer practice due to my condition. When I was a pre-adolescent, I realized that I was able to draw. Was able to look at images in magazines and mostly comic books and recreate them in a pencil drawing. My talent was very raw at first, but the more I drew the better my drawings were. As I got older there would be periods where I would drawing all the time. And there were also periods where I wouldn’t draw for months or years. No matter how much time passed, the quality of my drawings never diminished…
I want to improve!
I would like to transition into fine painting and drawing from more craft-type mediums.
I have been a fine craft artist, but my true love is fine art and painting. Now I finally have time to pursue my fine art goals.
Understanding tonal values and then accurately depicting them is challenging to me and I would like to be able to see them more quickly so that I can draw from real life. It takes me a very long time to see the values, especially the mid-tones. My goal is to draw portraits from real life and this requires accuracy PLUS speed because people move while sitting. After I get faster at drawing I want to understand more about color, too.
The Drawing Academy is the perfect vehicle for me to improve. The step by step approach and excellent guidance suits my learning style
Art from Imagination Improvement
Hi! My name’s Rayne, and my life revolves around art. It is the most important thing to me and I would like to improve my art skills to achieve my goals. My challenges in art are mostly getting things to look realistic when I am drawing from imagination.
I want to learn how to draw humans better and how to draw from my imagination better. I also would like to learn the beautiful crosshatching that I see on this website…
My name is Mina and I’m doing painting and drawing since 2000. I graduated from Visual Art department. I am working every day (normally).
The challenge I face these days is finding different subjects and finding new techniques.
For learning art, I watch YouTube.
I think Drawing Academy is perfect and interesting place to learn new things in art…
Paying It Forward
I would like to work with underprivileged young adults who like to draw and paint, using their study and practice of art as a way to help plant in them a feeling of self worth and legitimacy.
If I win a Drawing Academy course, I would like to use your videos as a curriculum for a program of arts education that I can volunteer in offering to underserved areas in my community.
Walking in Dreams
I’ve been painting and drawing since I was very young. I’m passionate about the world around me and curious of it. I love the outdoors and hold a degree in wildlife management. However, my true passion is art. It’s the very air I breathe and an integral part of who I am. If unable to work on my art I feel as though I’m at full stop, but as long as I at least have a sketch pad and pencil the world seems more right, even in it’s darkest moments.
I challenge most with background details and always have, I like the foreground more I think. The foreground is the part that really hits you in the face, but I also love a paintings or drawings that contain, not necessarily fine detail but intriguing detail throughout the background as well. And scale can be tricky depending on the subject matter.