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What’s the best way to learn anatomy?

What’s the best way to learn anatomy?

Question from David, Drawing Academy student

I’ve been learning anatomy thanks to the Drawing Academy online course.

I have a tight schedule, but I still make time to draw. Learning anatomy is kinda difficult. I guess I’ve never realized how learning anatomy is very important and helps when drawing out your creative thoughts. Arms and hands are very hard for me.

How long did it take you to learn anatomy?

I’m also an actor, which helps with my creativity, but many people tell me all the time I have to pick one and leave one. I can’t, though. I’ve been doing both since I was 8, so quitting one is out of the question, unless it’s a bad idea to do both.

I took a trip to Japan and toured Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where they would create countless figures from their imagination. It was amazing. I asked one of the teachers for tips and he told me something useful. He said, “You should worry about drawing the figure and making sure it is well balanced before worrying about clothes. If you can’t draw the body, then clothes are not going to look right.” So I’ve been dedicated to learning anatomy…

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Use of plumb line in drawing

Use of plumb line in drawing

Question from Gilberto

In a previous art school I attended, I was told about the use of plumb lines to help in my drawings. I’ve never got to use one; in fact I’ve never seen a drawing plumb line before, thus I do not know the technique for such instrument in drawing.

What is a plumb line and how could I use it properly for the drawing, say, of a live model?

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A Drawing Academy Diploma Question

A Drawing Academy Diploma Question

Question from Dean Pridmore

I am new to your fantastic course and was a little confused on one aspect.

I have all of the lessons open to me to complete. However you say the course period is to be completed in three months to be eligible to receive the Diploma.

So I was wondering how I go about the lessons, and how you evaluate my work. Do I complete all lessons within three months and send the work to you via email, along with an example of my drawing ability before I took the course?

Thank you for any help you can give me…

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How to capture a likeness in a portrait

How to capture a likeness in a portrait

Question from Noah, Drawing Academy student

Good Day Art Tutor,

My name is Noah, I’m a fashion design student. I’ve been drawing for quite a while, and I particularly love illustrating human subjects. I’m self-taught and would like to learn more about drawing and also to correct my amateur mistakes.

I have a problem creating the foundation of my heads (I do not have an art museum that’s conveniently close to me so I use reference photos). My problem is that I can’t get the proportions right to capture the likeness of the subject I am working on, so I tend to focus on a particular part of the face, which makes the final product look like a caricature instead of a real drawing.

My questions are:

1. How do I adapt proportions to fit the subject that I am drawing?

2. How do I get the correct nose, eyebrow, and mouth levels?

I would like to thank you in advance for teaching and preserving the Masters’ way of drawing, and I look forward to learning more…

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What is your take on digital drawing?

What is your take on digital drawing?

Question from David

Is it okay to redraw old drawings to see how far your hand skills have improved or just to exercise before drawing the real deal? I work 5 days a week but I make sure to draw for a least 2 to 3 hours. On the weekend, I draw all day.

What is your take on digital drawing?

Also, how can I see the Drawing Academy student handbook?…

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A burning desire to learn drawing

A burning desire to learn drawing

Question from Cedric

Dear Mr. Vladimir London, I write to you to introduce myself and to ask a question about the Drawing Academy Course. First off, let me start by saying how impressed I am with the approach you have towards drawing. I think, in any skill, there is no better way to learn than from the masters; the proven and tested ways.

My name is Cedric. I am from South Africa, I have no formal training in art. I see myself as an absolute beginner in drawing. I did have technical drawing at school, though, and enjoyed that very much. I feel a need to have an artistic outlet, which, combined with the technicality of drawing, seems very appealing to me. I find drawing very relaxing and a mentally healing exercise. I literally woke up on the morning of…

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How can I manage my pencil strokes?

How can I manage my pencil strokes?

Questions from David, Drawing Academy student

“I’ve been enrolled in the Drawing Academy for some time now and I’ve watched your lessons over and over to refresh my knowledge of how to draw certain things. I’ve improved so much. Now, because of that improvement, I tend to rush my portrait drawings. Its not out of boredom either, I just get excited and want to see the end results. That said, when I do this I tend to make mistakes. How can I manage my pencil strokes? And will painting help me train my hand patience and to do small find details? …

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