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Artwork by Tori S.

Artwork by Tori S.

Self-Perception

My name is Tori. I’m a freshman in High School. I’m the keyboardist of a psychedelic rock band, the sister of my best friend, a dreamer… and a few years ago I discovered art.

Art takes up every aspect of my life. Though I have other hobbies, such as music and writing, art is what I’m most passionate about. I want to become an art college professor when I grow up and study Graphic Design and Intermedia at an art college. In order to do this I must strengthen my skills as much as possible.

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Artwork by Dorothee Dori

Artwork by Dorothee Dori

Tosca in watercolor

Hello, I am Dorothée. I am housewife and Mother of three children. I always loved drawing, but thought I was not good and not gifted. Only recently I realized that drawing can actually be learnt and I try to learn all I can.

I love drawing portraits in pencil, but I challenge myself with paints and colors. This is a watercolor portrait of my daughter, who will turn 18 in a month. I’d love to be able to paint an oil portrait of her.

The videos of the Drawing Academy I have been watching are very well presented and complete. I have not really used proportion techniques for the face as I used a picture for that painting, but for other works I did and it really helps to look at subjects differently…

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Drawing by Carol Rubsam

Drawing by Carol Rubsam

Graphites by CRubsam

I grew up on the prairie and my love of the land, particularly prairie land, remains with me. I went to college in Chicago, and those years convinced me that I belonged where there are wide open spaces. Having moved to the Kansas City area, I spent 30+ years in the corporate world and did commissioned portrait work during those years. I retired several years ago to produce paintings and drawings professionally. I teach and sell art from First Art Gallery of Olathe, am President of the MidAmerica Pastel Society (MAPS), and a member of Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS), and National Oil and Acrylic Painters (NOAP)…

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Artwork by Linda Powell

Artwork by Linda Powell

Going Back to My Childhood

I am a 69 year old wife, mother, granddmother, and great-grandmother. I am a retired Doctor of Psychology. I am finally able to create as I used to do when I was younger. There is time, now, where there wasn’t before.

Art has always been a part of my life. Sometimes it was on the back burner; however I always found ways to incorporate some creativity into my daily lie. Even when it was “on the back burner” it was simmering in me looking for an outlet.

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Artwork by Chantal Gadeix

Artwork by Chantal Gadeix

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…

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Artwork by Shirin Mulla

Artwork by Shirin Mulla

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

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Artwork by Benjamin A Bayma

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…

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Artwork by Jerry Segarra

Artwork by Jerry Segarra

Becoming

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.

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Artwork by Michael DiLello

Artwork by Michael DiLello

“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…

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Portrait by Karen Bernthal

Portrait by Karen Bernthal

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

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