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.
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?
Having gone through the vert effective Drawing Academy course I am tempted to sketch the greatest creative genius Leonardo da Vinci.
Artwork by Geert-Jan Hendriks, Drawing Academy student
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.
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!
Portrait by Betty, Drawing Academy student
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.
Artwork from Akash, Drawing Academy student
Here is a portrait I did in color pencil.
Artwork by Jasmin, Drawing Academy student
Dear Natalie and Vladimir,
Hope this finds you well! I’ve painted this portrait, but I am not happy with it. I was hoping you could share your opinion of it with me.
What should I have done differently to make it more visually interesting? I feel like the composition and technique have issues but I can’t put my finger on what’s wrong.
Thank you so much in advance! I appreciate you!
Portrait by Wendi, Drawing Academy student
I drew this portrait using constructive drawing principles. I think this one is more on point.