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How can I get better at drawing?

How can I get better at drawing?

Question from Zawar A.

“I copy pictures and I draw them, but I don’t really feel good about it because I want to draw characters, figures and everyday objects from my imagination. How can I get better at drawing?” …

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How to draw whatever you see, think or imagine

How to draw whatever you see, think or imagine

Question from Will Price

“You teach a lot of specific techniques, “How to draw X”, but what if I want to draw Y, but you don’t have a video on it. Since the videos cover a variety of topics, do they act as case studies to help develop and hone general skills that will allow me to draw Y?” …

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How to determine the horizon line

How to determine the horizon line

Question from Dermott, Drawing Academy student

I’m having trouble determining the horizon level when drawing pictures in perspective.

Is there a rule of thumb I can use to accurately locate the horizon line? …

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How to render tonal values

How to render tonal values

Question from Myka, Drawing Academy student

Is it necessary to shade the object with the darkest dark the pencil can go and lightest light?

I’ve been going to an art class that teaches fine art. My art teacher told me that it is necessary to make the darkest spots as dark as the pencil can go and make the highlights as light as the paper. I know that this might have a different effect on the artwork. Does it make the artwork more three-dimensional? Is it absolutely necessary to do this, or can I still not use the full power of the pencil and still make it look three dimensional?

Thank you for helping me improve my drawing skills …

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Teaching children to draw

Teaching children to draw

Question from Jason, Drawing Academy student

My 8-year old daughter has begun to show a lot of interest in learning to draw (no doubt because of the program I am doing with you). Her mother just bought her a “painting by numbers” book, which leads me to want to intervene before any real damage is done. Is there a particular approach you would suggest for a child of her age? …

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What is the purpose of Art?

What is the purpose of Art?

Question from Yasmin, Drawing Academy graduate

I am 24 years old. Since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of becoming a fine artist and used every resource at my disposal to become good at it. But recently I have started to question myself about why I’m doing this and I’m losing my motivation. I’ve had the opportunity to see the works of many amazing artists and I am absolutely humbled and intimidated by their work. What if I can never be as good as they are? There are so many great works out there, why should anyone pay attention to mine? And in this day and age, when the art world is ruled by big names and brands, is there any place left for newbies?

Having all these questions in my head is scaring me because art has always been a very big part of me and I don’t want to lose it.

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Is drawing important for an illustrator?

Is drawing important for an illustrator?

Question from Bruno W.

I am in high school right now, and I am not used to drawing. My goal is to become an illustrator, and draw concept art or comics (mainly digital art) on Photoshop and Illustrator, What should I do? …

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