Questions from Gabriel, Drawing Academy student
This time I have some questions about the depiction of a human head:
1. On “Drawing Lesson 5, Part 1 – How to Draw a Head”, you explain: “the full width of the head is two-thirds of the total height”. I have had some trouble in drawing this on the front view. First, I draw a vertical axis and then a horizontal axis crossing it in the middle, but once I draw the horizontal axis and define its boundaries, its half-width doesn’t fit 3 times the total height. I end up losing a lot of time trying to fix this. How should I draw these proportions more accurately?
2. Why does the skull look so wide in profile? Is it possible to draw it narrower when needed? (Sometimes I find people in reality don’t have such a “wide” skull in profile)
3. When drawing in profile or in front view, where is the line of the mouth located exactly?
4. Is it a good idea to copy step by step the whole drawings depicted in the video lessons? (So far, that’s what I’ve been doing). If not, which would be the best way to take advantage of the video lessons?
Question from John Connolly
“It would take me more than 3 months to get through the Drawing Academy course; what happens after the 3 months?” …
Question from Edward Pan
When shading, I find I sometimes have the tendency to rotate the drawing board back-and-forth so that a certain area becomes more reachable for my hand. Is this a correct approach? …
Question from Roxane
At almost every life drawing session, we start with several one-minute, two-minute and five-minute gesture drawings. I find these short sessions very frustrating. Please correct me on this and give me some goal for each short session…
Question from Joey
I have been trying to find an effective way to draw the head, from any angle, in my imagination. One drawing tutor uses a technique in which he adds circles to the side planes of the head and with that, he measures the ears and adds the chin. Can you tell me how the Old Masters addressed this task? …
Question from Na’Taya Moore
How do I stay motivated when my drawing doesn’t look the way I pictured it in my head? …
Question from Peter Vernon
What might be the best daily drawing exercises for learning figure drawing? …
Question from Tyler
I have a fear of my art not coming out very good and it sometimes keeps me from trying to draw. Do you have any suggestions on how I could work past this? …
Question from Emil, Drawing Academy student
I just joined the Drawing Academy on-line course. I am very impressed with your approach and philosophy to drawing education.
I work as an engineer, and I draw as a hobby, and for my personal development. I started drawing about one year ago, and very soon I realized that the best drawings are by the Old Masters. However, I was very surprised that in Sydney, Australia nobody is teaching old master techniques. I took two drawing courses, but they only taught how to make some kind of “effective” drawing, or they do not teach anything at all. Then, I obtained many books, and I watched many videos, but I could not find any system that was of quality, until I came to your Web page. I found it by searching for silver point techniques. Now, I have begun to watch your videos, and am drawing based on your instructions.
Do you know of any short courses on drawings similar to your approach. I can go anywhere in the world for a month or two for intensive drawing course. I like the Russian Academy of Art in Florence, but I cannot be away for one year…
Question from James
“I’m interested in drawing from a comic/graphic perspective, and not so much a realism point of view. Does this course look at things like that also?” …