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How to become better in art?

How to become better in art?

Story and questions from Margaret

How to advise parents of young [under 10] children where to send them for art lessons? I have already told them – they must learn drawing first. However Australia is still in the grip of the expressionists. A look at our premier portrait prize, the Archibald, as well as the rich portrait prize, the Moran, will illustrate this point.

How to advance from the ‘oohs, aahs, aren’t you clever’ of friends and family to works of a professional level of skill, beauty, and elegance?

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Will I be working one-on-one with an art instructor?

Will I be working one-on-one with an art instructor?

Question from Helene I would like to enroll in the Drawing Academy as it seems just perfect for learning good drawing skills, and I have one question about your tutoring. Will I be working one-on-one with an instructor? Sincerely, Helene Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor Dear Helene, Yes, as a Drawing Academy student you will have a personal support from Academy tutors. It includes artwork critiques, tailored advice on how to improve your art skills, and answering all art-related questions. This support is unlimited, provided for a lifetime, and comes at no extra charge. No art college or university would ever offer the same deal. Our tutoring is provided online. Academy students can submit their questions and artworks for critique on the website or send them by email. Every question is answered by email within 24 hours. Here’s what…

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The secret of correct foreshortening in drawing

The secret of correct foreshortening in drawing

Question from Victoria

I am a portrait painter and narrative painter. Unfortunately, I have had to be dependent on photos because I am unable to do live sittings with my subjects due to time constraints and the ages of my subjects, so my life drawing skills are very weak, though I continue to sketch daily.

Here’s my question – How to get correct foreshortening using values?

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Portrait drawing by Zora

Portrait drawing by Zora

Artwork by Zora, Drawing Academy student

I am continuing with drawing lessons according to Drawing Academy lesson plan.

In order to learn correctly and understand constructive drawing, face proportions in different views, tonal rendering, hatching, etc., I made this drawing of Amazon’s head. Never, in my wildest dreams I would dare to expect to draw something like this up till now. I consider these drawings as reference drawings to which I can return time and again when drawing from life, as needed.

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12 Principles of Constructive Drawing

12 Principles of Constructive Drawing

Question from Jessica, Drawing Academy student

I really like the Drawing Academy course; what a great resource for information!

In the video lessons, you often talk about constructive drawing principles. Can you please clarify what they are and how to use them?

I also have challenges with seeing proportions and measuring with a pencil. Can you please explain in more detail how to do that?

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How to depict tonal values

How to depict tonal values - watercolor by Vladimir London

Question from Theresa Morelli

I am desperately seeking art skills as I have just discovered that I love creating art and beauty. I have been taking watercolor lessons and learning that I need to have drawing skills to continue to grow. I am having difficulty with use of value in my drawings. Can you suggest a means of developing an understanding of value and the application of it?

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Are modeling apps for artists any good?

Are modeling apps for artists any good?

Question from Ed Gunderson, Drawing Academy student

I have been using an artist’s modeling app, “Handy” until I am more confident to tackle real humans. Your opinion on modeling apps?

I spent a fair amount of time looking for an online drawing course that wasn’t a waste of time and money. I’m not even sure how I found you, but I’m certainly glad it happened. I will save the review for when I finish, but I will say I greatly appreciate your methods and approach.

While talent is a lovely thing to have, determination wins out in the long haul. I leave you with a favorite quote: “Fascination and discipline are first cousins.”

Many thanks!

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