I have a question in regards to a way of drawing that is slightly different from what i see on youtube channels and I was wondering if you could offer some advice. My question is how do I approach Line Drawing vs a traditional way of drawing?
Questions from Zaletto I have been drawing now and then for around 6 months however the last 3 to 4 weeks I really wanted to improve. I have a few questions if you dont mind me asking regarding drawing. Do some people have natural aptitude or “talent” with art? Like do some people have the ability to effortlessly grasp certain…
I have recently discovered the harm of learning to draw from photos on DA’s homepage. And I read that it could make it impossible for me to learn the proper way, from live models if I ever try that later.
Now – I started drawing a year ago with the intention to become a more skilled artist and have been using photos as reference (and art books).
As a full time working father (I am 38) to a 4-year old I haven’t had the time to attend life drawing classes with real models.
Do you think the year I spent on learning proportions and drawing from photos has been too damaging for me so that I cannot re-learn from live models? perhaps a silly question but I am a bit worried.
I wish you teachers the very best!
Question from Kira, Drawing Academy student
I’m attempting to draw a vase standing on a square plinth. The circular vase is rather easy, but as soon as I get to the square base problems start.
If I draw the square base straight on (so that the front of it is parallel to the horizon) it works fine, but when I draw it slightly rotated everything goes a bit wonky and round part sitting on the square plinth looks at a funny angle relative to the other eclipses in the drawing.
Maybe the problem has something to do with me not knowing how to establish the two vanishing points? But I’m not sure if that’s it.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I have done thousands of sketches and drawings, but I have always had this question in my mind. What make a good piece of art?
Thank you very much for your time
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?