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Drawing Equipment vs Drawing Skills

Drawing Equipment vs Drawing Skills

Question from Ryan

Hi Vladimir,
I have a question regarding ergonomics when sketching or drawing using a drawing board. Prior to doing the Drawing Academy course I was only used to drawing on a flat surface using the three-finger writing grip. I have a somewhat shaky hand and tend to grip quite tight on my pencil, and I constantly have to rest my hand or arm whilst drawing.

Not sure if this is a bad habit developed from childhood or a hyperextension issue. I find such a grip quite restrictive, especially when bringing the stroke to my body.

Since completing the Drawing Academy course, I have found that drawing on my easel in more vertical positions has so many advantages, such as being able to work larger, creating broader strokes with a wider gamut, and being able to step back and view the work. It’s easier to check perspective and mistakes, so that’s a huge bonus.

When I watch you drawing in each video, no matter what grip or what media you use, you have complete control and mastery of your craft.

I hope I can resolve this problem as I feel it’s the number one issue that’s stopping my progression. I’m thinking of buying a good drafting table to see if this will help, or maybe I just need to practice more often. Not sure if any other students have these issues or if it is just me – any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Ryan

Answer from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy Tutor

Dear Ryan,

Thank you for your questions. I am very glad that you see benefits in the vertical easel position and the appropriate pencil grip.

In regard to your comment on how controlled my handling of the pencil is in every video lesson, I have to say that it comes with practice. When studying art, I used to draw and paint for four hours per day, five days per week, for five years. That’s about 5,000 hours. Then I practiced easel drawing and painting for five more years at an art university. It doesn’t seem magical at all when you think how much effort I put into practicing.

I agree that good equipment helps. But your skills are much more important than any tools you already have or would like to buy.

My advice is to practice drawing more often. Do short sketches and long drawings. With time you will achieve what you want.

Kind regards,

Vladimir London
Drawing Academy Founder and Tutor

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