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.
Question from Marty
I attend two live model workshops each week. When not drawing from life, I draw from photographs and from the masters.
How can I apply what I learn about anatomy to my life drawing work?
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?
Question from Jim
How are the lessons delivered? Scheduled instructor-led online classes? Canned, work-at-your-own pace classes? DVDs?
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?”
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.
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.
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.