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I was afraid to draw!

I was afraid to draw!

I studied art and design and went down the art route..as you say in your video…many are taught how to be creative but not the fundamentals….It is soooo true!! We had life drawing and still life as part of our classes but never ever were we taught proportions or any of the basic things. I have only just signed up for this course and in such little time I have learnt a lot! I am now looking at things in a different way and I don’t feel afraid of attempting to put pencil to paper anymore. The rules Vladimir establishes in the lessons have been vital and once I understand each video…I, at last, have the perfect basis and confidence to start a proper drawing. Thank you so much IsabelG

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Portrait of an Old Man

Portrait of an Old Man

Painting by Gilberto Mello I did this portrait of an old man based on a photo taken inside a train cabin in Eastern Europe about four years ago. Needless to say I was “painting what I saw” in the picture, and this was before I signed up for Drawing Academy lessons. The fact is, I, and many people who visit me, like the painting, perhaps something in it is actually good – I just don’t know what! Just few facts, the light is weird for sure, the train cabin received light from both sides (again, that’s what I saw), so the man’s face has also highlights on both sides. The cane the man holds was not in the actual position, I placed it where I thought it would make the composition better. Last, I did not care to draw the…

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Continuing Inspiration

Continuing Inspiration

Painting by Lois

I am so delighted that I have built a momentum through the continued inspiration of the Drawing Academy lessons and Bonus’ that I enjoy so much! …

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Fascinated by this proud facial expression

Fascinated by this proud facial expression

Drawing by Johann Krammer, Drawing Academy student

I saw this photo in a fashion magazine and was fascinated by this proud facial expression.

The original is from a great German photographer (Sorry, I could not draw from the original, I had only the photo ;-) ).

However, the graphical challenge was rather the headscarf. Around the nose are small corrections necessary. But I was afraid to destroy the image with a few strokes…

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Drawing by Saninny

Drawing by Saninny

I started drawing again this spring after not drawing at all for about 35 years. I was never taught the classical drawing method and have just subscribed to the Drawing Academy course. I used three silver pitchers to practice perspective and the constructive drawing technique presented in the first few lessons of the course. This drawing is done with charcoal pencil on toned pastel paper. In order to make the background a really dark black, I used a compressed charcoal stick and did some smudging with a finger or felt.

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Thank you for the course!

Thank you for the course!

Artworks by Spyridoyla Raftopoulou, Drawing Academy graduate

First and foremost, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part at the competition Spring 2014 and for making me a lifetime member of your school.

Furthermore, having watched and studied thoroughly all the available videos in the course, I would like to thank Mr Vladimir London for his contribution and dedication. He was really obliging and helped me expand my knowledge significantly.

Lastly, I want to say that the classes were understandable, and I feel happy with the outcome…

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Conference Pear: Still-life.

Conference Pear: Still-life.

Painting by Ronnie Rayner Larter

I wanted to portray a subject in a simplistic way, yet detailed enough to hold one’s attention. This painting was rendered in acrylic on canvas, size 12″ x 16″…

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