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How to Learn from Drawing Academy video Lessons

How to Learn from Drawing Academy video Lessons

Question from jhehn13

In the Drawing Academy video lessons am I supposed to pause the video at the beginning and attempt to draw what the lesson is about or (and this is my assumption) try to draw something similar, or does it matter?

I see the value in drawing from life to help achieve the goal of drawing from imagination.

About me.
I have been creative since I was young, off and on (mostly off) I would create art, drawing, painting, etc. Though I have never taken a class save a few in high school and now more than 20 years later I am now pursuing art education (rather than relying on my innate talents) in most of my free time to better myself because I love drawing and art! It brings me peace and pleasure, especially when I look at it and don’t think, something wrong I can’t quite put my finger on it. I am highly interested in drawing people as I have thought this was something I couldn’t do in the past, but now I am beginning to see that was a preconceived notion on my part.

So far I am really enjoying the lessons I look forward to the entire course…

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How to express emotion and character through portraits

How to express emotion and character through portraits

Question from Jasmine

Dear tutors,

I am very interested in figurative art. There are works of Art that have a great deal of emotional impact, you can almost see the soul of the model(s). They make you wonder who they are or what their story is. And there are other works that just leave you cold, no matter how skillfully they are done.

What makes the difference? Is it merely in the facial expression or is there more? How should an artist convey emotions in his or her work without being too obvious?

What about narrative portraits? How many clues should you give the viewer about what is going on without killing the mystery?…

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How to Hold a Pencil

How to Hold a Pencil

Question from Yuri Magalhaes, Drawing Academy Student

Dear Vladimir,

In the video “How to Hold a Pencil“, you talk about the “writing grip”. That’s what I use, since I focus more on small pieces. For the rendering, should I hatch with bent fingers like you show, or is it acceptable to make each stroke from the wrist?

I notice my rendering gets too dark right from the beginning of the work, and I don’t know if it is because of the hand-finger movement that I haven’t been able to master the line weight.

Is there any exercise other than filling up an entire sketchbook with hatching practice to master the technique?…

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Drawing Equipment vs Drawing Skills

Drawing Equipment vs Drawing Skills

Question from Ryan

Hi Vladimir,

I have a question regarding ergonomics when sketching or drawing using a drawing board. Prior to doing the Drawing Academy course I was only used to drawing on a flat surface using the three-finger writing grip. I have a somewhat shaky hand and tend to grip quite tight on my pencil, and I constantly have to rest my hand or arm whilst drawing.

Not sure if this is a bad habit developed from childhood or a hyperextension issue. I find such a grip quite restrictive, especially when bringing the stroke to my body.

Since completing the Drawing Academy course, I have found that drawing on my easel in more vertical positions has so many advantages, such as being able to work larger, creating broader strokes with a wider gamut, and being able to step back and view the work. It’s easier to check perspective and mistakes, so that’s a huge bonus.

When I watch you drawing in each video, no matter what grip or what media you use, you have complete control and mastery of your craft.

I hope I can resolve this problem as I feel it’s the number one issue that’s stopping my progression. I’m thinking of buying a good drafting table to see if this will help, or maybe I just need to practice more often. Not sure if any other students have these issues or if it is just me – any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated…

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How does one deal with GREEN in nature?

How does one deal with GREEN in nature?

Question from JayC.

I think this is my biggest problem. Greens in nature are so varied, but I rarely stumble upon good combinations for getting the warm greens, the cool greens, the very bright greens of spring, the grey greens, etc.. Any tips would be appreciated! …

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How to protect the underpainting from smudging?

How to protect the underpainting from smudging?

Question from Susan

How do you protect the underpainting from being absorbed or altered when rubbing off the brush strokes?

I am starting to paint again after many years, and remembering what I learned in school is tough. Thank you for being here to assist! I may eventually take some classes to help develop my technique and create interesting paintings that last. I do not always do classic prep, but when I do I refer to Web Art Academy

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Training Artistic Memory

Training Artistic Memory

Questions from Gina Rodas

How can I train my artistic memory to create visual pieces on my own?

Could you suggest special exercises to help me draw better?
Can you give me any advice on how to paint using the alla prima technique?…

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