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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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Portrait Painting Critique

Portrait Painting Critique

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!

Kind regards,
Jasmin

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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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