Story and drawings from Mary Townsend, art competition winner
I heard a theory that it takes about 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. So in the autumn of 2019 I promised myself to sketch every day, hoping to improve on my just-above-average drawing ability.
I want to be able to produce artworks exactly as I envision them and not remain bound to copying photographs, trying to obtain the realism I’m looking for.
Portrait by Mary Townsend, Drawing Academy student
Artwork by Mary, Drawing Academy student
Prior to commencing this exercise I looked at several skulls and facial muscle references, viewed from different angles, to get an idea of what lies under the skin.
At first glance all the diagrams looked the same. Closer inspection revealed quite a lot of differences, which makes sense as every face is unique.
I was so surprised at the third stage when I began to see the face emerge, as I’ve not been able to draw a ‘convincing’ face from my imagination before.
Here’s a two-hour portrait in pencil drawn using a live model.
Story and artwork from Els, Drawing Academy student
It’s been a couple of months since I enrolled in the Drawing Academy course and I have been learning so much.
Story and drawing from Mary Townsend, a Drawing Academy art competition winner
I started this Drawing Course with Drawing Academy six weeks ago and was immediately knocked out of my comfort zone.
I wasn’t expecting everything to be so new to me. From the way I hold my pencil to constructive drawing techniques – it’s all new.
Artwork by Elena Armstrong, Drawing Academy student
This is my still life. The drawing pictured folded map, small notebook with a pencil in it and magnifying glass.
I really liked trying to get the textures and shapes correctly drawn for this setup. The sticks in the bird nest were a challenge in contrast to the pot.
Drawing Academy student
Feedback from Festus Iwerebor, Drawing Academy student
I would like to say big thank you to the Drawing Academy art tutors, who made this online course available for students like me. I have learned so much about how to draw human figures and portraits since enrolling in this course. This is a great course and my dream come true to learn good drawing techniques without taking some expensive art college.
I personally see Drawing Academy as the must-have course those who want to improve their drawing skills.