Question from Ron, Drawing Academy student
Are you aware that inkjet photo paper can take silverpoint? If not, give it a try and see what you think of the paper as a ground. I have been experimenting with silverpoint, and because inkjet paper is a prepared paper that had a fine tooth that acted as an abrasive I decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised. However, I feel perhaps the depth of tone may not be deep enough. Regardless of that, it may be a useful paper for soft rendering…
Question by Yuri Magalhaes
I have a question about drawing textures. Say, for example, that I’m portraying an old man, or a scene that shows some concrete or a wall: how do I show the textures and irregularities of the surface under the layers of hatching? …
Question from Dean Pridmore
“Which is more important: the subject of your art, or the way the piece is executed? I pose this question to you in the hopes of ascertaining a professional view on whether fine art is as much about capturing the emotion of the subject as it is about producing an accurate portrayal. Or can one be done without the other?”…
Question from Ray Habyan
I have always started my drawings by either using a light box or projector to get the fine details. Now I am not using either of those and seem to not be able to get the critical likeness of my subjects down, especially the eyes, nose, and lips. What do I do to mitigate this? …
Question from Keith Ruiters
Hi Vladimir and Natalie,
Is there more than one classical approach to drawing? Various artists online who claim to be classically trained give different versions of what it entails, hence my question. For example, some emphasize drawing in straight lines right up to the end before putting in curved lines. Others make extensive use of comparative measuring when drawing from life, something I have yet to come across in your course (as far lessons 1-15 go anyway). And while you teach that hatching and crosshatching with a graphite pencil typifies classical rendering, other classically trained artists smudge and use blending stumps, claiming that this is the classical approach. Could you please provide some clarity on this? …
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…
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? …
Question from Ana
“How can I make myself stand out as an artist nowadays?”…
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…
Questions from Shana Moens
How can I apply all the skills I have already and will hopefully gain in the future into becoming my own kind of artist?…