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?
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.
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?
Question from Cecilia, Drawing Academy student
When submitting a drawing for critique, how is feedback for improvement handled?
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?
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.”
Question from Peter, Drawing Academy student
I’m a complete beginner and want to learn how to draw man-made objects in perspective like furniture, cars, buildings, etc. Could you advise what is the best exercise to begin with?
Question from Hikalu, Drawing Academy student
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?
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?”
Question from Abiona
“Most times when I get the inspiration to draw, I usually procrastinate out of fear of the blank white paper before me. How do I overcome this artist block every time I’m faced with it?”