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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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Dolphins

Dolphins

Artwork by Wayne, Drawing Academy student

My niece asked for a dolphin picture, so I did this in acrylics for her.

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An Exercise in Pencil Hatching and Drawing what I Know

An Exercise in Pencil Hatching and Drawing what I Know

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.

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My first portrait drawing from life

My first portrait drawing from life

Portrait by Angelina, Drawing Academy student

I have made a portrait with graphite pencil and I drew it from a live model. It was my first time drawing a portrait of someone from life except for myself from mirrors.

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First Statue Drawings

First Statue Drawings

Artworks by Mary Townsend, Drawing Academy student

After looking at the Drawing Academy course videos on drawing the Belvedere Torso I enthusiastically set to work on my own sketches of an Apollo bust and Venus statue.

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