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How to make it art?

How to make it art?

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 …

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Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board

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…

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Still Life – Tools of the Trade

Still Life – Tools of the Trade

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)…

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How to Draw a Vase

How to Draw a Vase

Artwork for critique by Curt, Drawing Academy student

This my first attempt at drawing a vase. I’ve included the vase itself. The widest part was at eye level.

Thanks in advance for your help…

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Drawings by Javier

Drawings by Javier

Artworks by Javier, Drawing Academy student

Dear tutors,

I always liked to draw, but I never learned to have a solid foundation in traditional drawing skills.

A short time ago I wanted to dedicate myself to learning seriously, and so I enrolled in the Drawing Academy. I’m very pleased with the course.

I’m learning a lot with lessons and exercises. This course provides a solid foundation, and I noticed my progress in this short time.

I would like to show you some of the drawings I have done by following the first lessons: drawing in perspective, drawings of still-life objects, drawing by rendering shades and drawing of a front and profile face…

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Portrait of Soteropoulos

Portrait of Soteropoulos

Drawing by Daniel B Sibley

This is a drawing in graphite portrait of a man in 3/4 view. This was an attempt to work with a very broad range of values from very dark to high light. The highlights are very lightly hatched white paper background. The hair and pupils were done in 8B pencil…

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Portrait drawing by Anna

Portrait drawing by Anna

I have a trouble with 3/4 view portraits. How can I improve this portrait proportions? Thank you, Anna Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy Tutor Dear Anna, Many thanks for your portrait, I like it; however, as you pointed out, it can be improved. You can do the following: 1. Draw the central line of the face from the top-middle of the forehead to the bottom-middle of the chin. Make sure this line is arched to the left as girl is looking in this direction. 2. Check how the bridge of the nose corresponds to this line. You may find that it sits deeper than it should be or the chin is protruding further that it should be. Also, make sure that the base of the nose is also positioned correctly according to this central line. 3. Make sure both…

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Drawing Progress

drawing progress

Drawings by Svetlana, Drawing Academy student

Hi Vladimir,

In the shortest amount of time possible, I want to learn how to be an excellent artist. I realize this is the wish of almost every artist.

However, I think my drawing skills have not changed and I am still not satisfied with my artworks.

I like the Drawing Academy course; I learned a lot. I now know much more about drawing materials, how to hold a pencil, and how to render tonal values. I am still learning about perspective and anatomy…

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