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? …
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…
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…
Question from Carol, Drawing Academy student
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…
Question from John K.
In one point perspective, how do I determine the spacing of horizontal lines as they diminish toward the vanishing point? For example, how do I know the spacing of the horizontal edges of square tile? …
Question from Clayton, Drawing Academy student
Can you please tell me what paper should I use for artworks? …
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? …
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? …
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?…
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.