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How to learn good drawing skills

How to learn good drawing skills

Feedback and questions from István

I’ve been following this site for a while now and seeing the great artworks, friendly environment, and the professional and passionate care of the tutors; I decided to save up some money to one day enroll.

I really want to learn good drawing skills because so far I have been drawing for about a year now, with little to no success. I worked mostly with books, but none of them provided proper guidelines. They give me pictures, but I know that simple copying is no good. There are many videos on YouTube that offer thousands of ways to draw, but none of them seem professional.

Is there a specific routine I should follow when practicing? What order should I follow to achieve a broad sense of drawing?

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Anatomy and Figurative Drawing

Anatomy and Figurative Drawing

Question from Ivaylo

“As a person who has never faced anatomy before, is it possible for me to draw any characters in the future just by watching and following dedicated Drawing Academy courses?”

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How to draw good quality lines

How to draw good quality lines

Hello,

I have been drawing for quite long time. It is mostly copying. I always wanted to learn drawing formally.

I recently joined the Drawing Academy course and when I try to practice drawing, I observe that my lines are really pathetic. I get weak, wavy lines that do not look very confident.

Is there any way I can improve the line quality? I am using HB drawing pencil.

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Using colored pencils for drawing

Using colored pencils for drawing

Question from Ann Marie

When drawing with colored pencils, should I use hatching and cross hatching the same way as with a graphite pencil without using a blending tool? I have seen so many people blend colored pencils with Vaseline, mineral spirits and mineral oils. I don’t like blended colored pencils and I am looking for a better way to use them.

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How to find models for drawing

How to find models for drawing

Question from William, Drawing Academy student

It seemed like in lesson 15 of Drawing Academy, you were recommending going to museum to sketch old master works, so I went to try it out. Also, it seems like you are putting sketching classical sculptures in the same category as sketching paintings. Wouldn’t sketching a sculpture of Heracles be different than sketching a painting? If not, what do you recommend instead for a deeper study in human anatomy? I do not have access to a model.

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Sketching at Museums and Galleries

Sketching at Museums and Galleries

Question from William, Drawing Academy student

I went to the local art museum to sketch some classical sculptures. I found it rather difficult to sketch what I know versus what I see. My sketches were terrible, especially since people were walking around and kids were being kids. You are clearly a skilled individual.

I spoke with the front desk staff again before I left and they mentioned the issue of getting a permit for sketching. Is getting a sketching permit a common practice? They said its free, and that I can get a chair and drawing board (also free). I find it funny that they did not mentioned that earlier when I first got there and told them my intentions.

Also, how long should I spend on a sketch at a museum?

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Why using the triangulation drawing method is treacherous

Why using the triangulation drawing method is treacherous

Question from Kyle, Drawing Academy student

“Is triangulation an acceptable alternative method to find the end points or envelope of the object(s) being drawn?

I’ve been exposed to both the measuring method taught in the Drawing Academy course and the triangulation method I’ve learned elsewhere. I feel more comfortable with the triangulation method, because to me it seems easier. Am I cheating myself by not using the method taught in the Drawing Academy course?”

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What is the best hatching style for drawings?

What is the best hatching style for drawings?

Question from Elizabeth

I want to ask a question regarding graphite strokes used in drawing.

In these videos you mention that hatching is best:

http://drawingacademy.com/help-i-cant-draw

http://drawingacademy.com/12-most-essential-skills-every-fine-artist-must-have

However, I use little circles (like what colored pencil artists use).

My question is, is this an inappropriate stroke to use for graphite drawings? Thanks!

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