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?
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?”
Question from Silvano
“What is the most difficult part of drawing that newcomers often get wrong – i.e. the most common mistake made?”
Question from Elizabeth
I want to ask a question regarding graphite strokes used in drawing.
In these videos you mention that hatching is best:
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!
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?”
Questions from David, Drawing Academy student
How to draw smaller-scale drawings?
And how to measure by eye efficiently and accurately?
Question from Daniele Casini
“How can you learn drawing portraits without photos?”
Question from Deborah
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.
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?
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.”