Still life by Rebecca, Drawing Academy student
My name is Rebecca. I am a complete beginner in drawing and had no professional training before taking the Drawing Academy course.
Artwork and questions from Lois
I’m Lois. I have been on the planet for nearly 66 years now, and for most of those years art was in the background as a fun thing to do, then something to learn about and pursue with intermittent enthusiasm but, mostly it remained in the background. Ballet was my first love and what I ended up “doing” as a career. Now I am a ballet teacher in Tucson, Az.
I have attended art classes privately and in several workshops and open studios and my father was a sculptor who encouraged in me a great interest in sculpture. I think because “once a dancer always a dancer” figurative work has always captured my attention the most.
I have made arrangements to spend a month this coming summer in NYC attending open classes at The Art Students League to ignite a desire in me again and I am trying to prepare for that experience by starting over, but I am having trouble with beginning yet again. Is it too late for me?
This is the last piece I attempted. It was discarded before it was finished. Obviously.
Artwork and question from Loreto, Drawing Academy student
I think that something is not right in this artwork. Can you tell me how can I improve it?
Oil painting by Carmen, Drawing Academy student
This is my first painting in oil.
Artwork from Ann, Drawing Academy student
Dear Natalie and Vladimir,
I have registered to the Drawing Academy to learn how to draw ‘properly’ in a classical way. This is my first artwork which I started just before joining. I understand that it has amateur flaws: I smudged a little bit on the cheeks before learning i shouldn’t do that, I didn’t ‘hatch’ in a conventional way, I’m very intuitive in rendering tonal values rather than knowledgeable, I copied from a picture which helped me make lots of progress in my drawing so far but I understand that drawing from life is a better training. I surely don’t want to become a skilled photocopy master, however I find realism attractive. I’m most interested in portraying expression and emotions in harmonious balance. I’m struggling to understand how I could learn to draw, for example animals, without picture reference as in real life they keep moving or are not around?
Portrait by Betty, Drawing Academy student
I used Mars Lumograph HB and 2B graphite pencils on Canson 9×12 65 lb Universal Sketch Artist Series 1557 paper for this project. I used a reference photo that I took of “David” while visiting Florence’s Museum Academie.
Before I started this project, I studied your drawing of Thalia and other lessons on Drawing Academy to learn the different techniques, such as drawing the features, tonal values, cross hatching and of course how to draw a portrait. These are of immense help to me.
Artwork by Jasmin, Drawing Academy student
Dear Natalie and Vladimir,
Hope this finds you well! I’ve painted this portrait, but I am not happy with it. I was hoping you could share your opinion of it with me.
What should I have done differently to make it more visually interesting? I feel like the composition and technique have issues but I can’t put my finger on what’s wrong.
Thank you so much in advance! I appreciate you!
Portrait by Wendi, Drawing Academy student
I drew this portrait using constructive drawing principles. I think this one is more on point.
Portrait by Molly, Drawing Academy student
Thank you for your time. I’m experiencing some problems with rendering my drawings. I feel like I’ve got a handle on the likeness etc. but the rendering is leaving me frustrated. I can’t seem to get the hang of hatching and cross hatching. As you see in my picture it looks too rough and crude. When I blend it looks better to me. However, I know from your course that graphite should not be blended. How to fix this problem?
Artwork critique by Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor
Thank you very much for your wonderful drawing.
Before rendering an artwork…
Portrait by Emily, Drawing Academy student
I just enrolled in the Drawing Academy a few days ago, and I am already glad that I did. I have been drawing for most of my life, but I was quite amazed at the concepts and skills I have been learning here which are almost entirely new to me. I have read a little about the hatching and crosshatching techniques in years gone by, but I never actually employed them much in my own works.