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Mechanical vs. wooden case pencils

Mechanical vs. wooden case pencils

Question from Alex, Drawing Academy student

Is it best to use the traditional pencils mentioned in video 1 of month one, or can we use a lead holder? I often use the Staedtler Mars 2.0 mm pencil for my drawings.

The lead for the pencil can be changed. For example, you can use 2B, HB, 6B and the other traditional hard and soft leads…

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What is the correct drawing position?

What is the correct drawing position?

Question from Andreas, Drawing Academy student

Hi Vladimir and Natalie!

My name is Andreas and I live in Sweden. I have been drawing and painting all my life, but for the last year I have been thinking about becoming an artist full time and since I found your site I think I can fulfill my desire. Thank you so very much!:)

Anyway, my question concerns the position I should draw in. I have both an upright easel and a drawing table at home that I can choose any angle I want to work in. For most of the time I draw sitting on a chair in front of the table and it works well, but then I saw in the video of “how to hold the pencil” that standing is the best position…

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Photo-Realistic Rendering vs. Hatching

Photo-Realistic Rendering vs. Hatching

Question from Carol, Drawing Academy student

Dear Vladimir,

First of all, I want to thank you for the course. I have been inspired to work more diligently at my drawing.

I have wondered why hatching is considered superior to shading? At first I did not like the look of hatching, but as I have studied more and more drawings by the masters, I have come to find it very beautiful. My pencil, however, sometimes goes back automatically to what you might call grade school drawing. Nevertheless, I love doing the hatching and cross hatching. I practice this on whatever paper is available. I’m afraid walls might be next…

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How long does it take to learn drawing?

How long does it take to learn drawing?

Hi,

Recently, we received several messages from different subscribers, asking very similar questions:

– How long does it take to learn drawing?

– How long it will take me to complete the Drawing Academy course?

– Is my enrollment in the course time based?

– Can I take more time to complete each lesson?

– What is the full length of all video lessons?

– Will drawing lessons be available after 3 months? …

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How to measure with a pencil

How to measure with a pencil

Question from Clayton, Drawing Academy student

What is the best way to measure with a pencil?

Can you explain in more detail how I can measure the proportions of what I am drawing with my pencil? …

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What is the advantage of the Drawing Academy course?

What is the advantage of the Drawing Academy course?

Question from RJ

I am happy to find your site – I wish I had found it sooner.

What is the greatest benefit to learning to draw as you teach?

If I choose a course, is there a danger of becoming dependent on a specific technique or approach? How can I ensure my independence and uniqueness as an artist?

To give an example, there’s an art course that promises to teach students how to copy highly realistic portraits from photos. If I learn to draw that way, won’t I get stuck with that technique?

How do I know I’m looking at an art course that will teach me how to think, work, and experiment like an artist for myself, rather than just imitating someone else?…

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Teaching art to children

Teaching art to children

Questions from Sarah Poole

I want to join the Drawing Academy, to brush up on my art skills, before I accept a job at an international school. Next fall, I will be teaching art to children ages six to high school age.
I have a BFA from 20 years ago. I fall into the category of having been to art school, but never was taught how to draw. However, accepting this new job, I must learn to do so. I feel I want to, and that I should, thus I plan to dive into your course with a new teacher’s eye. I hope to add to my incomplete art training. I can’t wait!

I have a question. Can your lessons be adapted for younger children? Do you think the basic lessons would be too technical? I want to pass this great foundational knowledge to my students.

Cheers!

Sarah Poole

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How to find time for drawing

How to find time for drawing

Question from Remy

Hello,

I am curious about these courses. The video, which mentions that drawing from photos is not the best way to learn, is fascinating. But at the same time, I do not understand how your courses offer a solid training that is not based on drawing from two-dimensional examples?

I have an extremely busy life, yet I am dedicated to learning how to draw. I only have time to draw very late at night, when everyone is sleeping. It is very difficult to access some of the things I actually want to learn how to draw (like people and faces)…

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