My progress I have been working hard and there is some struggle. The good news is that I understand more and more about the concepts of preparing the drawing by setting boundaries, measuring, getting the proportions before launching onto creating the image. I am a kind of impulsive person and I would always just start and let the pencil go. I am seeing that with the rules of the portrait there is an ease of execution that comes after that, and it relieve quite a bit of stress in the midst of the drawing and reduces the amount of erasing I used to do. Here’s my very first portrait. My friends asked me and I was happy to give it a shot…
A sketch from my imagination
First I have to thank you for this wonderful website, I’m very glad that I’m a member here.
As a college student, I don’t have as much free time to draw as I wished I had, so it is great to have a life-time Drawing Academy membership.
Sketch by Michaela, Drawing Academy student
I was playing a bit with perspective and drew our entrance. I did the piece twice, the first I drew with pencil, with the second, I tried ink. The pencil drawing turned out very linear. As a contrast, I wanted to get something like a tunnel-effect with my ink-drawing.
I liked to draw with ink, although it is not forgiving, so I had to work very concentrated.
I hope I made no mistake when constructing perspective! Your critique is much appreciated! As mother of two, I don´t have as much free time to draw as I wished I had, so it will take me longer to complete the course.
Artwork by Marianne, Drawing Academy student
A lifetime aspiration
I was in the middle of a crisis, feeling that I was about to give up drawing and painting. The reason was that despite a certain natural ability I had never acquired any technical skills to elevate my level. All my projects got stuck at a point and I was unable to achieve what I had in mind.
As an example of this, I am sending a sketch I made long time ago of our dog as she was “sunbathing”. I was interested in bringing out the shadows of objects in the room projected on the wall and the figure: Unable!
Browsing the net as a last resort I came across the Drawing Academy page. I simply loved the sample materials.
Struggling (to be an) Artist
Since my early childhood I have enjoyed creating artwork as mostly a hobby, to sooth my mind. Around three to four years ago, I decided to give artwork a more prominent place in my life. I could not afford to go to art school so when I came across the Drawing Academy I was more than excite. I found so much technical information, things I didn’t know, that I could add to my artistic proclivities. My artwork started to progress immediately.
Sketches by Danielle Hebert, Drawing Academy student
I felt compelled to continue on the Old Masters’ copies and pleased with some improvement in likeness and shading.
I tried to draw a woman’s face after one of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and somehow I find it extremely difficult to position the lines and do correct proportions and angles, as if my eyes cannot comprehend what is there. I tried to draw the skull under, which helped a bit, but there is a mystery to me as to how he creates female faces.
Drawing by Ronnie Rayner Larter
Originally I used a lot of soft blending with graphite pencil, but since becoming a member of the Drawing Academy I progressed onto hatching and cross hatching, which was a new and interesting avenue for me. However, even though the academy seems to frown the technique soft blending graphite, I have kind of ignored that teaching and also taken on board the idea of hatching. I now use a combination of soft blending and hatching to achieve the effects I need. Does it work well or not? Feedback would be welcome.
I drew this picture of a fantasy city. It is 11 inches by 14 inches and is done in Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I hope you like it.
Sketches by Danielle, Drawing Academy student