Question from David “I can’t seem to be able to draw accurately from memory or life. I can copy a picture, though. Is it a mental block, or have I taught myself the wrong way by copying photos?” Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor Dear David, Many thanks for your question. Copying a picture requires very different skills than those needed when drawing from life or imagination. When copying, the following skills are not needed and are therefore not developed: choosing a type of perspective that suits the best for a particular case to minimize distortions using linear perspective to establish the spatial relationship between objects using aerial perspective to give depth using rules of foreshortening to depict planes that are parallel or oblique to viewer’s line of sight constructing objects in drawing as if they were transparent to…
Question from Yasmin, Drawing Academy student
Dear Natalie and Vladimir,
Every time I see a drawing or painting made by Leonardo, I’m in awe of how he managed to achieve such smooth transitions in skin tone. I was wondering if you could shed some light on how he did that and what technique he used.
In this drawing (image attached) for example, I don’t see any traces of cross hatching. My guess is he used charcoal on top of sanguine and then did lots of blending, but for me, these mediums always produce much harsher marks, and the transition between light and dark can never be so smooth. What was his secret?
Question from Elmar, Drawing Academy student
Hello. I was pretty convinced that I would definitely receive some high-quality educational materials in the Drawing Academy. And I wasn’t mistaken! However, as I continue to advance with the lessons, I can’t help but notice that some of your videos lack photographs of the objects that a learner is supposed to draw. Can you please clarify how to study in the Drawing Academy course?
Question from Sam
Can an aspiring animator or concept artist start a career from scratch with this course or is it just for realistic artists?
Also, can a student change to digital after completing the course, provided his career requires it?
Question from Alexa
The concept of drawing what you see, which is quite common nowadays, is then completely wrong?
Question from David
I’m interested in improving my figure and portrait drawing. My long-term goal is to be able to work as a street artist… for this I lack the speed and experience working with live models. Would I be able to learn these skills in the Anatomy Master Class or would it be more beneficial for me to go through the entire Drawing Academy course?
As I already have prior experience with sketching, albeit mostly working from photographs, I’m not sure I need to purchase the entire 3-month drawing course. Is it possible to just purchase month 2 and 3 or is it only available as a 3-month package?
Question from Sabrena
What tools do I need to get started?
What do you do when you get frustrated because something you are working on is not coming out right?
Question from Muruli
Can you let me know what would be the ideal paper size for making both long drawings and practicing fast sketches? Also, what is the best drawing paper size for still-life drawings and portraits? I am asking because most of the time my drawings end up either too small or congested.
Also, can you suggest what would be the ideal size of a sketchbook?
Question from Fatima
I love drawing and I wish to be excellent in this domain. So, my question is how can I be excellent and how can I get benefit from this experience… I mean financially?
I feel that learning drawing takes a long time. Do you have any advice on how to do it faster?
Question from John
Your web site is very informative …. well done. I usually paint in oils and would like to progress. I know my drawing skills are not to the level that makes me confident. So I am thinking seriously about joining the course. The oil painting will have to wait until the drawing skills are confidently secured.