Hello, I am a 16 year old aspiring artist, and in need of your help. Here’s my drawing of a marble bust. I had trouble drawing and shading the statue’s hair. I would like to know what you think of it and what should I improve on. Your help is very much appreciated, thank you…
Artworks and questions from Gustavo, Drawing Academy student
Hi Vladimir and Natalie,
Please see below some of my artworks. How can I improve my portrait drawing skills? I know I have to practice, but what and how?
Your thoughts are highly appreciated!
Critique by Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor
Many thanks for your email and drawings. You told me that you have been drawing from photos for some time and now want to re-learn how to draw from life and imagination, but have some concerns about your progress.
Don’t be hard on yourself, many art students would be glad to have your drawing skills.
There are, however, few things you can start working on right now. Let’s start from the beginning: …
I’m trying to improve my drawing techniques
I want to thank Vladimir and Natalie for providing such a wonderful experience. I had no training in art at all. In fact, I did not really draw or paint anything until I turned 54. It was the Drawing Academy course that got me started. I have a very LONG path ahead, but at least I have begun. The journey is the point, right…
Artwork from David, Drawing Academy student
Dear Vladimir and Natalie,
First of all, I would like to thank Drawing Academy for teaching me how to improve my artworks. Your lessons have taught me so much. Now what I need to do is work harder to reach my goals.
This is a drawing of my friend that I did when we were at a coffee shop. My goal was to capture the light in her face and her eyes, but I see a bunch of mistakes. Hair is my biggest problem. The amount of detail can be overwhelming to me; I guess cause I’m still an amateur. How can I render shade to the hair and face with over-rendering? And how to keep pencil lines smooth yet defined? …
Artworks by Lisa Lieber, Drawing Academy student
I have just started the drawing course and I love it! I am in my second week and have already learned so much and have gained a lot of skill. I know I will continue to grow! I am sending in a portrait drawing for critique, ( I also included a drawing of vases from the class).
I have included a portrait done by Natalie Richy to help explain my question. To me my portrait shows great improvement from my past attempts, but doesn’t look like art ( or at least not what I hope to create). Natalie’s does! Can you help me understand what I am seeing and not seeing? I appreciate any thoughts and comments …
Drawing by Carl, Drawing Academy student
I want thank the Drawing Academy and the other students. It inspires me to work harder and to try and get better all the time. I will admit it does get frustrating because my skill level limits what I see in my mind’s eye. I have been focusing on portraits of the human face because this seems to be the most difficult…
Still-life drawing by Bill T., Drawing Academy student
I have just joined the Drawing Academy and begun exploring the videos. This my first go at drawing basic shapes…
Artwork by Dan S., Drawing Academy student
Here is a still life that depicts all of the tools needed by the the sketch artist.
It is drawn in two-point perspective with the light from above and to the left slightly.
The drawing includes a sketch book at the foundation, a supplementary drawing text (for that extra bit of information) by an Italian artist ( who better than the Italians?), several pencils of varying hardness, including the workhorse “HB” variety and a couple of sanguine pencils thrown in as well. It also includes five erasers (three gum and two rubber) because some of us need more erasing than others, an Exact-o sharpener to keep those pencils razor sharp, a soft brush to brush away the rubber bits (or cracker crumbs after a quick snack – even artists have to eat)…