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Is it too late?

Is it too late?

Artwork and questions from Lois

Hello,

I’m Lois. I have been on the planet for nearly 66 years now, and for most of those years art was in the background as a fun thing to do, then something to learn about and pursue with intermittent enthusiasm but, mostly it remained in the background. Ballet was my first love and what I ended up “doing” as a career. Now I am a ballet teacher in Tucson, Az.

I have attended art classes privately and in several workshops and open studios and my father was a sculptor who encouraged in me a great interest in sculpture. I think because “once a dancer always a dancer” figurative work has always captured my attention the most.

I have made arrangements to spend a month this coming summer in NYC attending open classes at The Art Students League to ignite a desire in me again and I am trying to prepare for that experience by starting over, but I am having trouble with beginning yet again. Is it too late for me?

This is the last piece I attempted. It was discarded before it was finished. Obviously.

I feel I need help, and am hoping for guidance from the tutors at the Life Drawing Academy. How does the Correspondence Course work please?

Sincerely,
Lois

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Is there such thing as talent in art?

Is there such thing as talent in art?

Question from Carmen, Drawing Academy student

“How can you spot talent or aptitude in a person or an artist? I mean: were artists like Michelangelo or Da Vinci talented in what they do or is it just because they worked harder than others?

I have a Russian art teacher to whom I go to twice a week. I am passionate in art and want to make it a profession for me.”

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I would like to learn classical drawing

I would like to learn classical drawing

Question from Thomas

Hello,

I would like to learn classical drawing techniques and have some questions regarding this drawing course.

  1. Do I have to complete all the assignments within 3 months?
  2. Should I study drawing in the sequence of this course videos?
  3. Do I have to study daily or weekly?
  4. Is it compulsory to draw from life or reference photos will be provided?
  5. Can I pay monthly for this course?

Thanks and best regards
Thomas

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Artist’s Mannequin, a Useful Reference Tool?

Artist’s Mannequin, a Useful Reference Tool?

Question from Emily, Drawing Academy student

Hello.

I have been having a lot of trouble lately with drawing figures in different positions and at different angles. I’ve attempted many times to depict figures in a scene from imagination, and almost every time I have had to erase and re-work an area multiple times and still not have the angles or details correct. I have practiced drawing human figures and am able to depict them with overall accuracy, but unless I have a clear reference for a particular pose, it seems that I just can’t visualize the lines for drawing it. I would like to become more proficient in drawing figures from imagination, but in the meantime, I have been considering getting an artist’s mannequin to use for a reference. Are these a good tool to use? Or is there a better means for drawing figures accurately?

Thanks!
Emily

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How to spot mistakes in drawing

How to spot mistakes in drawing

Question from Johann, Drawing Academy student

Hello Vladimir,

I hope you are fine!

This question has not left my head for some time:
Why can I immediately recognize the mistakes in my pictures when I look at the painting in the mirror?

When I look at my pictures, I often do not see my mistakes. I can feel that something is wrong, but I cannot say exactly where the mistake is. But when I look at the picture in the mirror, I recognize the mistake immediately. Why is that? Is my eye in the habit of cheating?

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How to improve pencil hatching

How to improve pencil hatching

Question from Raise

I need some advice on hatching.

I don’t know how to get a gradient tone. How do I show the difference between dark, light, and mid-tone values by varying strokes?

How do I hatch depending on the shape of an object?

Thank you

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