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The Responsibility of an Artist

The Responsibility of an Artist

Questions from Newton Ochieng Olonde, Drawing Academy Art Competition winner Back at home (Kenya) the Art market is very small. The majority of clients say “Art is very expensive”. The few “good” clients like abstract art, which is not really my thing. Lately, I have ventured in book illustrations using computer and drawing tablet. Do you have any useful hints? I aspire to be my best in it. Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy Tutor Dear Newton Ochieng Olonde, Many thanks for submitting your art for critique. Your works are very good; you definitely have skills and talent. There are a few things, however, that you have to consider as well. I have a feeling that you’re basing your drawings on photos. One of the reasons I awarded you with the Drawing Academy course is to give you a chance…

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Orchid drawing

Orchid drawing

Artwork by Malvina James, Drawing Academy student Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy Tutor Hi Malvina, Thank you for your drawing. I like it very much. Well done! I hope you enjoyed the botanical drawing. I can tell that you spent a great deal of time on the background. Next time, you may want try treating the background as optional, suggesting it rather than rendering it completely. Here are some drawings by Russian artists. You can see that even incomplete sketches look very good without fully rendered backgrounds. Once again, thank you for your wonderful artwork. Best regards, Vladimir

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Feedback on Ray Habyan’s drawings

Feedback on Ray Habyan’s drawings

Hi Ray,

As promised, I will give you my feedback on your drawings.

First of all, you have a talent and most importantly, you have a passion. It will lead to results you want to achieve. In regard to drawing techniques, there’s always a room for improvement, no matter how great an artists is.

Here’s what I see in your drawings:

1. You need to learn how to draw what you know rather than copy what you see. This is the most important point from the list. This rule applies to every point below.

2. You are very accurate and want artworks to be perfect. Sometimes less is more. You are an artist and therefore have creative license not to draw with precision every part of a face you see on a photo. You can decide what parts you want a viewer to focus on and render other parts with less attention….

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Antique Head Drawing

Antique Head Drawing

Drawing by Luca Molnar, Drawing Academy student

Firstly I would like to say thank you for giving me the chance to study here! I think I have already learnt a lot, even though I’ve just started the curse 3 weeks ago. This is the first I study drawing and it so exciting…

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Tango

Tango

Artwork by Jackie Hogan

This is an Oil Painting I recently finished as a present for my Mother. She recently moved house and chose “Tango ” as a theme for my gift to her.

I would be most grateful for any critique you might offer to help me do better…

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