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How to get a strong art education - Life Drawing Academy

How to get a strong art education

Learning drawing is not possible by reading 'how to draw' books. This is a long and hard process of practicing, with a teacher polishing students' understanding of drawing principles step by step.

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How to Get Good Portrait and Figure Drawing Skills - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw Portraits in Profile - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw Portraits in Profile

How to draw portraits in profile is a skill every proficient fine artist must have. When making portrait drawings, an artist has to use the knowledge of proportions and anatomy, especially when drawing models from life because anatomy is hidden beneath the skin and proportions are not obvious.

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How to Draw Hands Using Contours - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw Hands Using Contours

There is one important thing you need to know when drawing foreshortened objects such as hands in perspective. When a finger is foreshortened, we do not mark its outlines, instead, we only use contours.

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How to develop good life drawing skills - Life Drawing Academy

How to develop good life drawing skills

In Russia, there is a traditional classical art education system. Unlike in the West, it wasn't derailed in the 20th century. This system steadily and methodically prepares fine artists starting from art schools for children to postgraduate degrees.

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Sketches by Vladimir London, Life Drawing Academy tutor

Vladimir London Sketchbooks

Making sketches is just one small part of the art education you will receive in the Life Drawing Academy Correspondence Course. This course will cover all you need to know, from traditional drawing techniques to anatomy for artists and figurative drawing. A dedicated team of art tutors will walk you all the way step-by-step from your current drawing skills to the advanced level.

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Sketching Five Portraits a Day - Life Drawing Academy

Sketching Five Portraits a Day

Many beginning artists think that getting good drawing skills requires a lot of time. They also believe that drawing portraits is difficult. Lack of time is one of classic excuses. I will show you how to get good drawing skills with little effort at your end.

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How to Sketch a Skull - Life Drawing Academy

How to Sketch a Skull

To draw realistic portraits, an artist must know the anatomy of a human head, its construction and proportions. Good understanding of what lies beneath the skin gives great advantage in portrait drawing. That is why, in this video, I will show you how to make fast sketches of a skull.

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How to Learn Anatomy for Artists - Life Drawing Academy

Tonal Rendering Rules - Life Drawing Academy

Drawing from Photos - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw a Torso - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw a Torso

What if you have to draw just a torso with no measurements of the head and legs available to build the necessary proportions? In this video, I will demonstrate how to do it.

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Book - How to Draw a Portrait by Vladimir London

Book - How to Draw a Portrait

A new book has been published on the topic of how to draw portraits the right way. These step-by-step instructions for beginner artists are written and illustrated by Vladimir London, Life Drawing Academy tutor.

The "How to Draw a Portrait" book is available in both kindle and soft cover formats on Amazon.


How can I learn life drawing from videos - Life Drawing Academy

How can I learn life drawing from videos

To learn good drawing skills, do not copy artworks you see in the video lessons. Instead, get a sketchbook and write down the sequential steps of how to draw figures and portraits, note the proportions and anatomical features. Then, make your own drawings from life, memory or imagination.

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How to Draw Portraits in Perspective - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw Portraits in Perspective

As an art tutor, I often receive portrait artworks for critique. Many drawings have the same common mistakes. One of such mistakes is using an incorrect perspective. To learn how to use the correct kind of perspctive when drawing a portrait, watch this video.

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Calligraphy - Life Drawing Academy

Calligraphy

The word "Calligraphy" originates from Greek kalligraphia, which consists of two roots: kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) and -graphia writing; and "beautiful" in the case of calligraphy means artistic, stylized, and elegant.

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Fine Motor Skills - Life Drawing Academy

Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills is ability to make small movements of hands and fingers with high precision of eye-hand coordination. Needless to say, fine motor skills play an important role in making well-crafted drawings. If you can plan and control your finger movements with precision, this will result in better quality of drawings.

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What we can learn about Life Drawing from the Old Masters - Life Drawing Academy

What we can learn about Life Drawing from the Old Masters

One- or two-point perspective is not always suited for drawing portraits and figures from life. The Old Masters knew this very well and were drawing foreshortened figures using orthogonal or parallel perspective. They depicted foreshortening of lengths, while keeping proportions of widths intact.

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How to get good skills by drawing just 20 minutes a day - Life Drawing Academy

How to get good skills by drawing just 20 minutes a day

Many art students say: "I don't have time." This is a classic excuse. Every person on this planet has twenty-four hours per day, no more no less. Everyone is equal in this respect. Why do you fill your day with things that prevent you from doing what you love? Here's the truth: it is not a matter of time, but priorities.

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How long does it take to learn drawing? - Life Drawing Academy

How long does it take to learn drawing?

Art students who would like to become fine artists, start their art education in art schools from the age of 9 or 10. By the end of this school, which takes 4 to 5 years, they have very good drawing, painting, decorative arts, composition, and sculpting skills as well a firm knowledge of the history of arts. Art academy entry exams include...

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How to Self-Assess Your Drawing Skills - Life Drawing Academy

How to Self-Assess Your Drawing Skills

Do you know what is your level of drawing skills according to the standards of classical art education? Many self-taught artists and art students tend to overestimate the level of skills not because they are proud of their achievements, but because they do not know what the standards are. The following information will help to assess your level of drawing skills on the scale from zero to 10.

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How to Spot Mistakes in Perspective Drawing - Life Drawing Academy

How to Spot Mistakes in Perspective Drawing

Drawing in perspective is one of the most important topics when it comes to depicting any three-dimensional object on a flat surface. Whatever you draw - a simple geometric figure or a portrait - it has to be in correct perspective. In this lesson, you will discover some very helpful tips for spotting mistakes in perspective drawing.

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How to measure angles with a pencil - Life Drawing Academy

How to measure angles with a pencil

How to measure angles from life is one of the most fundamental skills to have. It is especially useful when you draw objects in perspective. This knowledge helps to draw not only vanishing lines, but any tilted lines you see in life.

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How to Draw Intersecting Cylinders - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw Intersecting Cylinders

In the history of arts, there are many examples of intersecting cylinders. Any fluted column has such geometry. Here, you will discover how to make a drawing of the cylindrical column segment.

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How to Measure Relative Proportions with a Pencil - Life Drawing Academy

How to Measure Relative Proportions with a Pencil

Measuring relative proportions is one of the most fundamental skills every fine artist must have. Without this skill, it is impossible to make proportionate and realistic artworks. In this article, you will discover how to measure proportions using a pencil.

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How to Cast a Classical Bust - Life Drawing Academy

How to Cast a Classical Bust

In this video, you will discover how to make a mold and cold cast a classical bust. Every sculptor has to have good drawing skills. Making your own cast of a classical bust is the great way to learn the three-dimensional construction of a head and make a model that you can draw from life.

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15 Elements of Composition - Life Drawing Academy

15 Elements of Composition

In this video, you will discover 15 Elements of Composition that you can use to compose beautiful works of art to tell a story, induce emotions, and pass the message to viewers...

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How to Make and Draw a Skull - Life Drawing Academy

How to Make and Draw a Skull

In this video, you will discover proportions and construction of a skull, how to make a paper skull model and how to draw a skull from life with the necessary knowledge of its anatomy...

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How to Render Tonal Values - Life Drawing Academy

Golden Proportions in Art - Life Drawing Academy

Is life drawing required for designers - Life Drawing Academy

How to scale drawings

In this video, you will find out to scale drawings using a proportional caliper. A good proportional caliper is one of the sculptor's most useful tools. However, it can be handy not only for making sculptures, but also for scaling up or down drawings. If you don't have such a tool, it is easy to make one yourself...

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Is life drawing required for designers - Life Drawing Academy

Is life drawing required for designers?

If a student receives a limited spectrum of art education, this will limit his or her ability to create good works of art. These days, we see narrow specialization in many design schools. Watch this video to discover how you can benefirt from the Life Drawing Academy courtses...

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How to Use Contours and Outlines in Life Drawing - Life Drawing Academy

How to Use Contours and Outlines in Life Drawing

In this video, you will discouver how to use contours and outlines in life drawing. To begin with, we need to decide on what are the contours and outlines and why are they important in life drawing? Contours are virtual lines. Do not confuse them with the visible outlines of a body...

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Why life drawing classes do it wrong - Life Drawing Academy

Why life drawing classes do it wrong

In this video, you will find out why drawing in chalks and charcoal slows down your learning curve, why making fast sketches is not the best way of learning life drawing, and why it is important to use constructive drawing principles when drawing from life...

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Artist's block - how to get motivated - Life Drawing Academy

Artist's Block - How to Get Motivated

Hard-work is much more important than a talent. That is why they say that 5% of talent and 95% of work make a great artist. Above all, I wish you to be driven by your hard work; talent will come...

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How to Draw Cylinders from Life - Life Drawing Academy

How to Draw Cylinders from Life

When you're drawing from life, the horizon line always will be at your eyes level. There is no guessing needed. Horizontally located circles appear as ovals in perspective. However, when a circle is at the horizon level, it is seen as the straight line. The vanishing point for a standing cylinder will lie on the horizon line...

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How to Measure with a Pencil from Life - Life Drawing Academy

VIDEO - How to Measure with a Pencil from life

There are five main ways to measure: measuring vertical alignments, measuring horizontal alignments, measuring angles, measuring cross points, and measuring relative proportions. To find out how to use a pencil to measure from life,

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How to develop good pencil hatching skills

VIDEO - How to develop good pencil hatching skills

In this video, you will discover how to develop good pencil hatching skills using simple drawing exercises. These exercises will help to achieve fast speed of hatching, ability to hatch strokes at any angle and length, and effortless hatching on autopilot that depends on muscle memory.

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How to Use Pencils - Candle Grip

VIDEO - How to Use Pencils - Candle Grip

In this video, you will discover how to use the candle grip - the way to hold a pencil when drawing on a vertically positioned board. This grip allows to make long lines, both straight and curved, with ese and precision. This is an essential drawing skill every fine artist must have.

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How to Sharpen a Pencil the Right Way

VIDEO - How to Sharpen a Pencil the Right Way

In this video, you will discover how to sharpen a pencil the right way. It is an essential skill every artist must have. Unfortunately, many art colleges do not bother to teach this skill. A well-sharpened pencil should have the cone length about three centimeters.

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How to learn drawing figures and portraits from life

VIDEO - How to learn drawing figures and portraits from life

Life Drawing Academy™ is the ultimate course for artists who would like to achieve advanced levels of figure and portrait drawing skills. It is presented online by professional fine artists and art teachers and includes video lessons and personal support by the Academy tutors.

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What's The Best Way To Learn Life Drawing?

What is the Best Way to Learn Life Drawing?

Life drawing - recreating the human figure - is one of the most challenging of art forms. Many people labor under the myth that great artists are born; that unless you've been blessed you will never paint or draw like a maestro. This is far from the truth...

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Contemporary Life Drawing Artists

Contemporary Life Drawing Artists

If you had to choose the greatest life drawing artist ever, it wouldn't be an easy task. So what about the contemporary crop of life drawing artists? Who, living today, are the best artists at drawing the human figure from real life?

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Three Life Drawing Artists of the 20th Century

Three Life Drawing Artists of the 20th Century

In the second half of the 20th century, time-honored values of traditional fine art have been steadily replaced by modern art. Although the interest in figurative art remained, life drawing would become more expressionist and less anatomical as artists found ways to reinvent how they depict a human body...

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Why Life Drawing is Important for a Figurative Fine Artist

Why Life Drawing is Important for a Figurative Fine Artist

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Some academic environments offer this approach through the drawing from sculptures or casts of the figure. After that practice, the students have to represent a live model, which will either be dressed, semi-clothed or nude...

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What artists of the past say about life drawing

What artists of the past say about life drawing

Leonardo was a master of human anatomy, performing a great number of exhaustive sketches of muscles, tendons and other anatomical features. He planned to include his drawings in a treaty about anatomy, but the project remained incomplete, thus the unpublished drawings remained with his private papers...

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What artists of the past say about life drawing

How artists studied life drawing

Life drawing is a representation of the human subject in any of its various forms and positions using any style or type of drawing. Life drawing also includes the studies on individual details such as drapes, anatomical parts, facial expressions, etc. In addition to the living model, through history the artists made use of wooden dummies...

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