Artwork and questions from Lois
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.
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.”
Question from Qui, Drawing Academy student
Is it really important to draw on A2 size paper? Do I need to use a drawing board or drawing on a desk is acceptable?
Question from Thomas
I would like to learn classical drawing techniques and have some questions regarding this drawing course.
- Do I have to complete all the assignments within 3 months?
- Should I study drawing in the sequence of this course videos?
- Do I have to study daily or weekly?
- Is it compulsory to draw from life or reference photos will be provided?
- Can I pay monthly for this course?
Thanks and best regards
Question from Brian
If drawing from photos is not good then what should I draw for practice?
Question from Emily, Drawing Academy student
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?
Artwork and question from Sietske, Drawing Academy student
I struggle to get the proportions right from the side view. Can you please give some advice. I especially struggle with the ear placement.
Using a pencil, you can measure from life:
- Vertical alignments
- Horizontal alignments
- Cross points
- Relative proportions
Question from Johann, Drawing Academy student
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?
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?