Question from Mike, Drawing Academy student
I recently discovered a Russian book called “Основы учебного академического рисунка.” Although I don’t speak Russian, I really like studying from it.
Can you give any advice on how to study from a book? Is just copying the drawings enough?
Do you believe that it is better to start from the beginning of the book or to study the things you are interested in?
Artworks for critique from Danielle,
Drawing Academy and Anatomy Master Class student
I am working on the Anatomy Master Class course. I am on lessons “How to draw a portrait”, drawing the head from the neck-shoulders up.
I find that I cannot quite render the right proportions of the head. I think it has to do with the circumference of the base of the neck oval, then the length of the clavicle. I cannot get this right.
Could you enlighten me on what I am doing wrong and how to correct it?
Question from Aileen
I find it quite difficult to get my proportions right when figure drawing.
When I’m working on a portrait of just the face it’s fine but once I begin to work on the body everything gets a bit distorted.
How can I find a way to easily get the right proportions for the body?
Question from Maria
Hello, Drawing Academy!
I’ve been a silent fan of yours for a while through some of the free videos you distribute on YouTube. I’ve been drawing for half a decade now and at this point, it feels like every day just gnaws at me. I actively hide my old art in boxes and even rip it up at times because there is no progress. It feels absurd.
I try to draw smarter and learn concepts, but no matter what I do, there seems to be a wall between what is being said and how to process what the instructor is doing. Why? Why can’t I understand how to draw a rotating box? Why can’t I understand how to draw from life? Why can’t I learn how to keep proportions right when drawing a subject from different angles? Why do perspective and anatomy fly out the window of my drawings if I draw a pose that’s not someone standing straight?
Question from Belinda
“I have looked at the Web Art Academy, Drawing Academy and Old Masters Academy. As a self-taught aspiring artist, where should I start? With a limited budget, if I can afford only one course, which would be most comprehensive?”
Question from Ragnhild
Hi! I have heard that
XXXXXXXX University one of the best places to get good art education. I see they have three years in learning Fine Art. Would you recommend it? It is in the UK. I think it seems very long.
Question from Pradeep:
“After drawing a rough portrait sketch, I can feel that there’s something off with respect to where facial features and other key points are placed; however, I can’t pinpoint what is wrong and therefore could not correct those mistakes. Can you advise any checkpoints or what do I need to pay attention to?”
Question from Laurie
Hi, Drawing Academy team. I am a completely self taught artist and paint with pastels and oils. My drawing skills are poor; I use photographs, so my lack of drawing skills doesn’t keep me from proceeding. But, I’d really like to improve in that area.
I have a question:
How to learn to see differently?
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?
Question from John
I want to learn how to draw rapidly from life. What are the best ways to get accurate values?