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The secret of correct foreshortening in drawing

The secret of correct foreshortening in drawing

Question from Victoria

I am a portrait painter and narrative painter. Unfortunately, I have had to be dependent on photos because I am unable to do live sittings with my subjects due to time constraints and the ages of my subjects, so my life drawing skills are very weak, though I continue to sketch daily.

Here’s my question – How to get correct foreshortening using values?

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Portrait drawing by Zora

Portrait drawing by Zora

Artwork by Zora, Drawing Academy student

I am continuing with drawing lessons according to Drawing Academy lesson plan.

In order to learn correctly and understand constructive drawing, face proportions in different views, tonal rendering, hatching, etc., I made this drawing of Amazon’s head. Never, in my wildest dreams I would dare to expect to draw something like this up till now. I consider these drawings as reference drawings to which I can return time and again when drawing from life, as needed.

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12 Principles of Constructive Drawing

12 Principles of Constructive Drawing

Question from Jessica, Drawing Academy student

I really like the Drawing Academy course; what a great resource for information!

In the video lessons, you often talk about constructive drawing principles. Can you please clarify what they are and how to use them?

I also have challenges with seeing proportions and measuring with a pencil. Can you please explain in more detail how to do that?

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How to depict tonal values

How to depict tonal values - watercolor by Vladimir London

Question from Theresa Morelli

I am desperately seeking art skills as I have just discovered that I love creating art and beauty. I have been taking watercolor lessons and learning that I need to have drawing skills to continue to grow. I am having difficulty with use of value in my drawings. Can you suggest a means of developing an understanding of value and the application of it?

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Are modeling apps for artists any good?

Are modeling apps for artists any good?

Question from Ed Gunderson, Drawing Academy student

I have been using an artist’s modeling app, “Handy” until I am more confident to tackle real humans. Your opinion on modeling apps?

I spent a fair amount of time looking for an online drawing course that wasn’t a waste of time and money. I’m not even sure how I found you, but I’m certainly glad it happened. I will save the review for when I finish, but I will say I greatly appreciate your methods and approach.

While talent is a lovely thing to have, determination wins out in the long haul. I leave you with a favorite quote: “Fascination and discipline are first cousins.”

Many thanks!

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What makes my hatching cheap?

What-makes-my-hatching-cheap

Question from Hikalu, Drawing Academy student

Hi,

I’m very much a beginner. I did learn perspective, and I am now doing practice of hatching. I may be following hatching guide or video lessons, but mine looks very cheap, especially curved lines like a sphere.

What is the difference between yours and mine? I can’t find it, and I don’t know what I should do.

I don’t think quantity of lines matter because Old Masters did excellent hatching with fewer lines. Right?

Thanks

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How to improve overall drawing skills?

How to improve overall drawing skills?

Question from Rebecca

“I’d really like to improve my overall skill level – particularly in the areas of portrait drawing. I’ve always loved working with color, so I usually skip to the painting stage as quickly as I can. I have really struggled to build my drawing skills, which I feel is holding me back from improving to levels I’d like to achieve.

What are the best techniques to practice and improve overall drawing skills?”

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