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Golden Mean in a still life

Golden Mean in a still life

Drawing by Ann Marie

Hi,

I have a question or two, regarding my artwork. I am working on this piece and I am thinking about the golden mean and how it works when setting up this still life.

I visualize the spiral starting in between the the window and door of the shoe and spiralling out and going up by the roof to the top of the plant and down to the lemon. I see the rabatment rectangle of the drawing as being the horizontal back edge of the table.

Also regarding perspectives, I should make the leaves in the back of the plant a little lighter than the leaves in the front to show distance, right?

I’m reviewing Drawing Academy videos on the golden proportion and focusing on how to include the Golden mean in my drawings and paintings.

Thanks for your response in advance.

Ann Marie

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Portrait Drawing – Why to draw what you know

Portrait Drawing - Why to draw what you know

Portraits from Bill, Drawing Academy student

Somehow your words “draw what you know, not what you see” just didn’t click with me. While doing some practice drawing today, I began to realize that it is not only drawing what you know, but to feel the curves that round the face, the eyes, lids, nose, lips, etc. I have never drawn this way before. I started my old way, and I realized I had to feel the roundness and curves to have them stand out. In the past, by luck, some of my copying of photos did produce many of those curves. However, I now realize that this is a much better way to draw. Sorry it took me so long to understand how to make curves. I will let you know how this drawing turns out.

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How to find out what drawing skills you are missing

How to find out what drawing skills you are missing

Artworks for critique from Danielle,
Drawing Academy and Anatomy Master Class student

Hi,

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?



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Still-life artwork critique – How to use constructive drawing

Artwork from Geri, Drawing Academy student

Hi Drawing Academy tutors,

I’ve just registered and look forward to my journey on this art course.

Just to let you know I am a totally self-taught artist and have had no formal art training at all. As a child and young adult I found it quite easy to draw from my imagination but as I got older I started drawing from photos and now I’m even finding it quite difficult just to do that. I enjoy it but it takes me ages to create my artworks.

I’m just scared that I may not be able to break out of old bad habits like copying from photos.

Here’s one still-life I’ve done from life.

Still-life drawing critique

Many thanks
Geri

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Still-life artwork critique

Still-life drawing critique

Artwork by Lynette, Drawing Academy student

Thank you so much for your support. Here’s my drawing I did from life and a photo of the subject.

I am looking forward to your opinion.

Thank you
Lynette

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Portrait studies critique

Portrait studies critique

Sketches and questions from Danielle, Drawing Academy student

Hello,

It has been a while since I sent anything; life has been very busy and hectic. I have been drawing—not as much as I wish, but I have.



These are studies of skulls morphing into the flesh, trying to understand the underlying structure and outer elements.



The structural drawing remains a challenge for me. I do realize, though, that any problem usually stems from not getting the structure right from the beginning. I realize I lack patience in that step; I just want to get going.

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A sketch of a model – Drawing critique

A sketch of a model - Drawing critique

Figurative artwork by Sam, Drawing Academy student

I wanted to send this drawing because I need professional critique. I’m attending weekly life drawing classes locally, but my art teacher doesn’t give any feedback other than “great job.” I know I have a lot to learn in life drawing and showed this sketch to my family; they said it was good, but maybe they just wanted to make me happy.

I would really appreciate if you could tell me what is not right with this drawing and how can I improve.

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