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How to learn to see differently?

How to learn to see differently?

Question from Laurie

Hi, Drawing Academy team.

I am a completely self taught artist and paint with pastels and oils. My drawing skills are poor; I use photographs, so my lack of drawing skills doesn’t keep me from proceeding. But, I’d really like to improve in that area.

I have a question:

How to learn to see differently?

Thank you,
Laurie

Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

Dear Laurie,

Many thanks for your question.

You don’t see what you don’t know. To “see differently” you must fill your knowledge gaps in drawing.

For example, if you want to draw a human figure but have no idea about the difference between pronation and supination of an arm, you would not see the correct contours and outlines that the bones and muscles form in different arm positions, both in life and in a photograph. Needless to say, there would be no chance of drawing an arm correctly and believably from memory or imagination.

How to learn to see differently

How to learn to see differently

This applies not only to anatomy but to every aspect of drawing. For example, a principle of aerial perspective must be applied to drawing not only landscape artwork, in which aerial perspective is noticeable, but also objects in close proximity that have shallow depths, like a still life, for example. This effect of an aerial perspective is not present on photos, nor would you see it in life when objects are close to a viewer. However, an artist must draw with the full knowledge of this principle to make a piece of art lifelike.

How an artist would do this if one has no knowledge of this concept?

You also mentioned:
“What I am not convinced of is the value of courses that I can get on Craftsy for less, plus free on YouTube.”

It looks like you think that Drawing Academy is a selection of video lessons that can be compared to YouTube or any online drawing course.

Above all, the Drawing Academy course is personal, one-on-one tutoring which is tailored to every student’s art level. This tutoring comes at no extra cost and is available for a lifetime. Can you name any other online course or art college where you can get a dedicated personal art tutor for as long as you need?

To learn professional drawing techniques, you can enroll in the Drawing Academy course.

As a Drawing Academy student, you will have unlimited lifetime personal support from Academy tutors, as well as artwork critiques and personal tutoring tailored to your skill level.

To your creative success,

Vladimir London
Drawing Academy tutor

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  1. Tom says:

    Laurie, I am 74 and enrolled with the Drawing Academy and the Anatomy Master Class. I assure you Mr. London has met his personal commitment with me. There are exercises will be given to you to perform that have direct bearing on developing your skills. I would like to encourage you to take a leap of faith and do this. You will clearly not regret it, I am convinced.

    Tom

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