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What makes my hatching cheap?

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Question from Hikalu, Drawing Academy student

Hi,

I’m very much a beginner. I did learn perspective, and I am now doing practice of hatching. I may be following hatching guide or video lessons, but mine looks very cheap, especially curved lines like a sphere.

What is the difference between yours and mine? I can’t find it, and I don’t know what I should do.

I don’t think quantity of lines matter because Old Masters did excellent hatching with fewer lines. Right?

Thanks

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How to improve overall drawing skills?

How to improve overall drawing skills?

Question from Rebecca

“I’d really like to improve my overall skill level – particularly in the areas of portrait drawing. I’ve always loved working with color, so I usually skip to the painting stage as quickly as I can. I have really struggled to build my drawing skills, which I feel is holding me back from improving to levels I’d like to achieve.

What are the best techniques to practice and improve overall drawing skills?”

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How to overcome a fear of blank paper

How to overcome a fear of blank paper

Question from Abiona

“Most times when I get the inspiration to draw, I usually procrastinate out of fear of the blank white paper before me. How do I overcome this artist block every time I’m faced with it?”

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How to depict personality in portraits

How to depict personality in portraits

Question from Donna Stout

For 20+ years I worked in advertising as a graphic artist and designer. Still something has been missing. I am fascinated with faces.

I want to learn to draw portraits without having to rely on a photo.

What techniques can I use to bring out the personality of a person?

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When should I start learning perspective?

When should I start learning perspective?

Question from William

Hello,

I’m sure the Drawing Academy content is wonderful, but I was wondering about a couple things. (I have no experience in art)

I was surprised to see perspective introduced so early in the lesson plan for month 1, and I’m wondering if 45 lessons are enough introductory instruction for such a deep subject matter.

My interest stems from looking at possibly investing time in 3D digital art, probably using a tool like Cinema4D. I realize that it’s just a tool, and the main thing is to have an excellent art foundation first or along with trying to make digital art. Another interest of mine is sculpture, but I think I could have a better chance doing something professionally with digital art than any other medium in my case, as a mid-life late-bloomer.

Cordially,

William
Anaheim, California

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Drawing portraits – the most important skills to have

Drawing portraits – the most important skills to have

Question from Madelyn

I want to sign up for the course, but I can’t draw.

I downloaded a bunch of faces – all ages, genders and ethnicity, with and without hair. I tried to print them out as close as possible in size to real faces. Then I take one, stick it up on the wall and try to draw it freehand. Then I check by measuring with a stick. When I think I’m done, and when I think I’ve done all I can do, I take the photo off the wall and put it right next to my drawing. Every single time, something or other is off—the mouth, the nose, the shape of the face… I put the download on a sunny window and put my drawing on top to see if they match. The locations of the features are right on target, but the nuances are always off. I have to erase and fix, erase and fix, over and over.

The end result is that the finished drawing resembles the subject matter, but always something is off. I do one a day. It takes me hours. I’m tired and disgusted. Months I’ve been doing this.

Am I ever going to get to the point where I can sit down, draw a face, and get the right results?

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Is it passable to use photos for reference?

Is it passable to use photos for reference?

Question from Rayne Sheffer

“How do you learn to stop looking to or copying photos for reference, especially when you are trying to draw something that you cannot see in real life that much, like a wild animal? Do you still use photos and just not copy them, but use them to gain a general idea of the subject?”

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What is life drawing and how to prepare for it?

What is life drawing and how to prepare for it?

Question from Priscilla

I’m going to begin by saying that Drawing Academy is awesome, and I’m really interested in taking the courses. Thank you so much for what you are doing. You guys are some of the best artists I have ever seen :) I’m so happy that I came across this website.

I was reading what Vladimir London said about how to get the most out of a life-drawing classes
http://drawingacademy.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-life-drawing-class

  1. Since Drawing Academy advocates drawing from life, is drawing from videos that feature live models recorded in real time helpful?
  2. How many years should a complete beginner in drawing like me take before doing that?

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