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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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Drawing from Life versus Imagination

Drawing from Life versus Imagination

Question from Tyler, Drawing Academy student

“Most of the time I spend sketching is purely from imagination using constructive drawing principles, but I must ask, while I know drawing from imagination works, what are the benefits of drawing from life that drawing from imagination doesn’t provide?”

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Is drawing an inborn talent?

Is drawing an inborn talent?

Question from Deborah

Hello,

I have always wanted to draw. I do not see any evidence of having real talent, but everything I read suggests that I can learn to draw. I have been reading about your classes and read that you offer scholarships for the online course. I am retired, and even though I would love to learn to draw.

Thanks in advance for your time.

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How to draw steady lines without a ruler?

How to draw steady lines without a ruler?

Question from Tina

Hi, I’ve been trying to improve my drawing skills by following your video “Help, I Can’t Draw“.

I have a challenge. No matter how many times I draw lines in perspective, the converging lines just don’t come out straight or I completely miss the vanishing point.

I draw on a vertical drawing board, but I feel like I should just resort to drawing on a horizontal surface because only then can I draw steady, somewhat straight lines.

  • Is it just that I haven’t practiced enough?
  • Is it OK to draw on flat surfaces?
  • Do I just need to move my hand faster or slower to get long smooth lines?

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What are the best drawing tools?

What are the best drawing tools?

Question from Katja Soegaard

“When it comes to drawing tools, what brands would you recommend? Especially for those who don’t have the means to get what is considered “the best of the best.”

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