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How to get Proficient Drawing Skills

How to get Proficient Drawing Skills

Question from Janice S. Axt

I would like to sign up for your lessons; I will be 77 years old when I do so! I have for the past 4 years tried to master the tapered stroke with “5 pencils” through 2 broken arms at different times and have not progressed!

I desperately want to succeed in drawing. I turned back to it as the basics for successively painting and I have many examples in my library of the great masters, but how in the world can the way you are talking about teaching, teach in 3 months? What you describe sounds like an art atelier, and can I produce that in my apartment? Do I require casts, an easel of a certain size, silverpoint tools, in addition to the cost of the lessons? Even at 77, two years older than the student you mentioned, I still want to accomplish what I dreamed of doing at age 8! …

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Question on Photorealism

Question on Photorealism

Question from Carl

There is a question, but first the comment. I look forward to my Drawing magazine when it comes. The Spring 2015 issue features the winners of the Shades of Gray contest. The winners were almost exclusively photorealists.

I really don’t understand this exercise and the message that is being sent. On one hand, the magazine includes an article on “Beauty Through Leonardo’s Eyes” and two examples of “Head of a Young Woman.” Looking at these drawings you can awe at the use of line, hatching and appreciation the artist has for his subject. As Vladimir said in a recent post, you instantly recognize the artist. You can imagine him drawing the subject and the appreciation of beauty through his eyes….

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What Art Materials do I need?

What Art Materials do I need?

Question from Justin

I want to enroll in the Drawing Academy course. Can you provide a suggested shopping list?

I know the first three lessons mention which supplies to get, but a list and possibly places to order online would be fantastic…

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Questions to Academy Tutors

Questions to Academy Tutors

Questions from Janice

  • Are the lesson assignments different than the content of the lesson? If so, is there a sample of the assignments given with each lesson?
  • If the assignment is the actual content of the lesson, is there reference material that can be referred to complete the assignment?
  • Is there an example of the type of critique provided when submitting lessons to you?

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Is it possible to learn art online?

Is it possible to learn art online?

Question from Helen Can you get a professional career in art if you take the Drawing Academy course? Will people hire you if they knew you learned online and not in an art institution? Are these course videos really more effective at teaching than an art class where you can watch live examples and ask questions as the teacher draws? Answers from Vladimir London and Natalie Richy Drawing Academy Tutors Dear Helen, Many thanks for your questions. To answer, we have to ask few questions back: 1. Do you really believe that an artist is hired based on his/her diplomas rather then on quality of artworks and art skills? Painting by Natalie Richy, Drawing Academy tutor In our art practice, no one ever asked what diplomas we have or what subjects did we study. People want to know what we…

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Is drawing from photos art?

Is drawing from photos art?

Question from Alex

Is it true that copying from a photo to the very exact small details is not considered art.

Please correct me if I am wrong in understanding this, as I have been so accustomed (since childhood) to the idea that art is drawing something to its exact likeness. Now that I am older, I honestly find copying to the exact details I see to be too tedious and boring…

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How to ‘scale up’ with pencil measurement

How to ‘scale up’ with pencil measurement

Question from Ray, Drawing Academy graduate My main interest is portrait and figurative work, and in a portrait, I normally draw then paint a three-quarter or seven-eighths size head. I’m currently using pencil measurement, but haven’t figured out how to scale up and make the drawing larger than what I measure at a distance (even 5 or 6 feet). That was never a problem with the copy machine method, I simply made a larger photograph. Of course that’s likely why I can’t figure out how to do so ‘in the round’. Answers from Vladimir London and Natalie Richy Drawing Academy Tutors Dear Ray, Measuring sizes in pencil is all about relative proportions. There are two ways to do it: 1. The Sight-size method, which is described here: //drawingacademy.com/sight-size-drawing-method 2. Measuring relative sizes and angles: //drawingacademy.com/how-to-measure-with-a-pencil The first method is quite…

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Seeing the bigger picture

Seeing the bigger picture

Question from Daniel, Drawing Academy student Hi, I’m a huge manga, anime and fantasy fan and that’s mostly how I like to draw. What are your thoughts towards this style of drawing combined with this course? And can I choose where to start? For example, my first goal is to become better at drawing manga in a more realistic way. Do you have any other recommendations as to how can I improve my drawing skills? Thanks! Daniel Answers from Vladimir London and Natalie Richy Drawing Academy Tutors Hi Daniel, Many thanks for your questions. We would suggest that you start from this video: //drawingacademy.com/help-i-cant-draw Although this video lesson is created for complete beginners, even advanced students find it very useful. Regarding manga/anime/fantasy – you need to see the bigger picture. Strong drawing skills will be helpful for whatever style you…

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Incredible Discount

Incredible Discount

Question from Chris Hello, I just happened upon your YouTube video. I’m 55 and have suddenly discovered that I love to draw – but despite coming from a family of extremely talented artists who can draw like a photograph, I have sadly never had that ability. Rather than show me how, they would simply show off. I played music instead. I’m teaching myself – starting with just preschool-like scribbles which have started to morph into more realistic looking faces. I discover something or a new technique each time I do it. I do it instead of watching TV; just listening to music in my home-office. I checked out your website and saw the pricing for all of those videos at $257 (for everything) or $291 (for three months). Why are all the videos cheaper than the cost of three months?…

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Questions about the Drawing Course

Questions about the Drawing Course

Questions from Gabriel Tapia

Dear Drawing Academy Tutors,

I am very interested in taking your online course. I already read the “FAQ” section in your webpage, but I still have some questions:
1. I admire classical drawing and I would really like to learn more about this topic. Nevertheless, I am rather used to a more “stylized” way of drawing (like the one you can find in American and Japanese comic books) since one of my main goals is to become a comic book artist. Is this course appropriate for me?

2. What kind of materials do I need?

3. If I decide to choose assignments, do I have deadlines for them? How long do I have to submit my assignments? (This information will be very helpful for me to organize my time.) Do these assignments have an additional cost?

4. Is there an additional cost for the “personal critique” service?

5. Does the Diploma of Excellence awarded after the course completion have international recognition?

6. Do you offer painting lessons as well? …

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