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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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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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What Happens When You Put Flesh on Bones

What Happens When You Put Flesh on Bones

Artwork by Mary, Drawing Academy student

Prior to commencing this exercise I looked at several skulls and facial muscle references, viewed from different angles, to get an idea of what lies under the skin.

At first glance all the diagrams looked the same. Closer inspection revealed quite a lot of differences, which makes sense as every face is unique.

I was so surprised at the third stage when I began to see the face emerge, as I’ve not been able to draw a ‘convincing’ face from my imagination before.

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