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Is there such thing as talent in art?

Is there such thing as talent in art?

Question from Carmen, Drawing Academy student

“How can you spot talent or aptitude in a person or an artist? I mean: were artists like Michelangelo or Da Vinci talented in what they do or is it just because they worked harder than others?

I have a Russian art teacher to whom I go to twice a week. I am passionate in art and want to make it a profession for me.”

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Homage to Grandpa

Homage to Grandpa

Portrait by Marc, Drawing Academy student

My grandfather passed away before I was born. I only know him through a few photographs so, in an effort to get to know him better, I decided to attempt to draw a portrait of him, though I realize that drawing from photographs is less than ideal and frowned upon. I still felt compelled to attempt it. But using the academy’s construction and rendering methods (I will email a series of images showing the various stages to you) to replicate his image, I was able to render a very good likeness.

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Get Used To Different

Get Used To Different

Portrait artwork by Marco, Drawing Academy student

I have had many years to practice as a self-taught artist who has been drawing since about the time I was able to walk. I am now 52 and with no formal art education, I thought it was about time I started.

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Harmony, expression and emotion in portrait

Harmony, expression and emotion in portrait

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?

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Greatest genius

Greatest genius

Having gone through the vert effective Drawing Academy course I am tempted to sketch the greatest creative genius Leonardo da Vinci.

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Portrait by Geert-Jan Hendriks

Portrait by Geert-Jan Hendriks

Artwork by Geert-Jan Hendriks, Drawing Academy student

Hi there!

Since I started the Drawing Academy, I definitely can see some improvement in my drawing skills. I’m focussing on portraits at the moment. Since I don’t have the opportunity to use live models, i’m using photo’s as a reference.

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I love this drawing course!

I love this drawing course!

Artwork and feedback from Magno Massolino, Drawing Academy student

I am one of the winners of the Drawing Academy Art Contest – Spring 2021, once again I want to thank you for the opportunity to study with the best in a school of excellence. The course far exceeded my expectations. I love this drawing course!

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What we can learn from Michelangelo

What we can learn from Michelangelo

Portrait by Betty, Drawing Academy student

Hi Vladimir,

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.

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