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How to draw great portraits

How to draw great portraits

Portrait by Molly, Drawing Academy student

Hello,

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?

Thank you.

Artwork critique by Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

Dear Molly,

Thank you very much for your wonderful drawing.

Before rendering an artwork…

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5 Well-paid careers for people who like to draw

5 Well-paid careers for people who like to draw

The story of “starving artists” seems to be no longer a popular trope in modern society. While many traditional jobs become obsolete and human labour gets replaced by machines, creativity and the mastery of drawing are among the most-wanted competences for leading tech-companies, start-ups, and organizations.

Here are 5 lucrative art career paths where you may showcase your drawing skills according to Jooble:

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Quality of Practice More Than Quantity of Hours

Quality of Practice More Than Quantity of Hours

Story and drawings from Mary Townsend, art competition winner

I heard a theory that it takes about 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. So in the autumn of 2019 I promised myself to sketch every day, hoping to improve on my just-above-average drawing ability.

I want to be able to produce artworks exactly as I envision them and not remain bound to copying photographs, trying to obtain the realism I’m looking for.

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Drawing Academy Art Competition Winners – Autumn 2020

Drawing Academy Art Competition Winners – Autumn 2020

Thank You!

Big thanks to all Drawing Academy Art Competition – Autumn 2020 participants. We are also grateful to all supporters, who voted for the winners.

In nominating the winners, we considered how many votes winners have received from other people.

According to the Competition Rules, there are three full Drawing Academy Memberships to be awarded. However, we gave away not three, but four prizes.

And the Winners are:

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Drawing Academy Art Competition Winners – Summer 2020

Drawing Academy Art Competition Winners – Summer 2020

Thank You!

Big thanks to all Drawing Academy Art Competition – Summer 2020 participants. We are also grateful to all supporters, who voted for the winners.

In nominating the winners, we considered how many votes winners have received from other people.

According to the Competition Rules, there are three full Drawing Academy Memberships to be awarded. However, we gave away not three, but four prizes.

And the Winners are:

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Drawing Academy Art Competition Winners – Spring 2020

Drawing Academy Art Competition Winners – Spring 2020

Thank You!

Big thanks to all Drawing Academy Art Competition – Spring 2020 participants. We are also grateful to all supporters, who voted for the winners.

In nominating the winners, we considered how many votes winners have received from other people.

According to the Competition Rules, there are three full Drawing Academy Memberships to be awarded.

And the Winners are:

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Art Competition Winners – Winter 2020

Art Competition Winners – Winter 2020

Thank You!

Big thanks to all Drawing Academy Art Competition – Winter 2020 participants. We are also grateful to all supporters, who voted for the winners.

In nominating the winners, we considered how many votes winners have received from other people.

According to the Competition Rules, there are three full Drawing Academy Memberships to be awarded.

And the Winners are:

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How to study drawing the right way?

How to study drawing the right way?

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?

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Art Competition Winners – Autumn 2019

Art Competition Winners – Autumn 2019

Thank You!

Big thanks to all Drawing Academy Art Competition – Autumn 2019 participants. We are also grateful to all supporters, who voted for the winners.

In nominating the winners, we considered how many votes winners have received from other people.

According to the Competition Rules, there are three full Drawing Academy Memberships to be awarded.

And the Winners are:

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