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Portrait of Olivia

Portrait of Olivia

Artwork and story from Deb Shannon

Since I have retired I am painting and want to get serious about getting better. I know in my drawing and my painting my middle value transitions are weak.

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Is it too late?

Is it too late?

Artwork and questions from Lois

Hello,

I’m Lois. I have been on the planet for nearly 66 years now, and for most of those years art was in the background as a fun thing to do, then something to learn about and pursue with intermittent enthusiasm but, mostly it remained in the background. Ballet was my first love and what I ended up “doing” as a career. Now I am a ballet teacher in Tucson, Az.

I have attended art classes privately and in several workshops and open studios and my father was a sculptor who encouraged in me a great interest in sculpture. I think because “once a dancer always a dancer” figurative work has always captured my attention the most.

I have made arrangements to spend a month this coming summer in NYC attending open classes at The Art Students League to ignite a desire in me again and I am trying to prepare for that experience by starting over, but I am having trouble with beginning yet again. Is it too late for me?

This is the last piece I attempted. It was discarded before it was finished. Obviously.

I feel I need help, and am hoping for guidance from the tutors at the Life Drawing Academy. How does the Correspondence Course work please?

Sincerely,
Lois

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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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