Question from Emily, Drawing Academy student
I have been having a lot of trouble lately with drawing figures in different positions and at different angles. I’ve attempted many times to depict figures in a scene from imagination, and almost every time I have had to erase and re-work an area multiple times and still not have the angles or details correct. I have practiced drawing human figures and am able to depict them with overall accuracy, but unless I have a clear reference for a particular pose, it seems that I just can’t visualize the lines for drawing it. I would like to become more proficient in drawing figures from imagination, but in the meantime, I have been considering getting an artist’s mannequin to use for a reference. Are these a good tool to use? Or is there a better means for drawing figures accurately?
Artwork and question from Sietske, Drawing Academy student
I struggle to get the proportions right from the side view. Can you please give some advice. I especially struggle with the ear placement.
Using a pencil, you can measure from life:
- Vertical alignments
- Horizontal alignments
- Cross points
- Relative proportions
Question from Johann, Drawing Academy student
I hope you are fine!
This question has not left my head for some time:
Why can I immediately recognize the mistakes in my pictures when I look at the painting in the mirror?
When I look at my pictures, I often do not see my mistakes. I can feel that something is wrong, but I cannot say exactly where the mistake is. But when I look at the picture in the mirror, I recognize the mistake immediately. Why is that? Is my eye in the habit of cheating?
Question from Raise
I need some advice on hatching.
I don’t know how to get a gradient tone. How do I show the difference between dark, light, and mid-tone values by varying strokes?
How do I hatch depending on the shape of an object?
Question from Mike, Drawing Academy student
I recently discovered a Russian book called “Основы учебного академического рисунка.” Although I don’t speak Russian, I really like studying from it.
Can you give any advice on how to study from a book? Is just copying the drawings enough?
Do you believe that it is better to start from the beginning of the book or to study the things you are interested in?
I am working on the Anatomy Master Class course. I am on lessons “How to draw a portrait”, drawing the head from the neck-shoulders up.
I find that I cannot quite render the right proportions of the head. I think it has to do with the circumference of the base of the neck oval, then the length of the clavicle. I cannot get this right.
Could you enlighten me on what I am doing wrong and how to correct it?
Question from Aileen
I find it quite difficult to get my proportions right when figure drawing.
When I’m working on a portrait of just the face it’s fine but once I begin to work on the body everything gets a bit distorted.
How can I find a way to easily get the right proportions for the body?
Question from Maria
Hello, Drawing Academy!
I’ve been a silent fan of yours for a while through some of the free videos you distribute on YouTube. I’ve been drawing for half a decade now and at this point, it feels like every day just gnaws at me. I actively hide my old art in boxes and even rip it up at times because there is no progress. It feels absurd.
I try to draw smarter and learn concepts, but no matter what I do, there seems to be a wall between what is being said and how to process what the instructor is doing. Why? Why can’t I understand how to draw a rotating box? Why can’t I understand how to draw from life? Why can’t I learn how to keep proportions right when drawing a subject from different angles? Why do perspective and anatomy fly out the window of my drawings if I draw a pose that’s not someone standing straight?
Question from Belinda
“I have looked at the Web Art Academy, Drawing Academy and Old Masters Academy. As a self-taught aspiring artist, where should I start? With a limited budget, if I can afford only one course, which would be most comprehensive?”