Drawing from Photos vs Drawing from life video by Drawing Art Academy

“An Artist must have his measuring tools not in his hand but in his eye” – Michelangelo

Why is drawing from photos not good for you?

1.  Copying 2 dimensional photos inhibits artists from seeing objects in volume and space.

2. It prevents an artist from judging distance and perspective.

3. The artist does not think and visualize the 3 dimensional nature of an object, but subconsciously regards all objects and shapes 2 dimensionally as seen in photos.

4. By copying flat images, an artist does not make a constructive drawing: there is no comprehensive understanding of objects masses and their spatial relationships.

5. Drawing from photos forces an artist to draw from what he or she sees rather than  what one knows.

6. It stops an artist from learning traditional, time proven, step by step drawing methods, which have been perfected by many generations of fine artists starting from the old masters.

7. Working from photos prevents an artist from learning from his or her mistakes and makes it impossible to improve drawing skills by analyzing and fixing those mistakes.

If you get too used to drawing flat images you will most likely limit your ability to learn how to draw proficiently.

- Drawing Art Academy


“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery it would not seem so wonderful at all” Michaelangelo Buonauroti

I am an avid believer in drawing from life. I encourage artists that are interested in working on improving their drawing skills to attend life drawing sessions, figurative art classes with a live model or portrait sessions with a model.


Golden Virtual Paint mixing guide- Link

Here is a link to an online Virtual paint mixing guide from Golden Acrylic paint website.

Online Paint mixing guide – Golden Acrylics


An indispensable guide if you are having trouble finding a certain color and need the mixing proportions- it also takes the color from a photo (on your computer) and gives you the exact colors to mix to achieve the color.

Now how cool is that?


color_chart_web-1ebdb0822fea8debe37fbb2591f94ae38BUT A word of caution – The trained artists eye and mixing color charts is still an important aspect of artistic skill building. I highly recommend not using graphs, tracing paper, measuring implements, projectors or computer programs to do your art for you. Build your skills and train your eye to see as an artist because it gives life, movement and energy to a piece. Measuring, detail and tightness will often lose a quality in your art that only the artistic eye can achieve. Sacrifice perfection and give yourself permission to explore.-PA


Gestural Sculptural Relief from Life

Just recently the Pistrucci Artworks team joined an enthusiastic bunch of artists to sculpt from the live model. Drawing, painting plein air or portraiture from life always adds a certain energy to a piece of artwork.

Here is a snapshot of the gesture sculpted from life in Relief 3hours- Models have a hard time holding poses for longer than that with many breaks in between to stretch – You need to sculpt very fast to get the pose in correctly -didn’t quite get the hand in.

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A few quick life drawing 10-20mins:
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On my phone using the app -Sketch Guru – Artists can sketch anywhere  –


 To view our website go to http://www.pistrucciartworks.com

Garden Art – Moss Man


Create your own Moss Garden Art -

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When the gardens are planted and crops are starting to be harvested it time to turn your attention to the “fun” aspects of gardening. Garden art falls readily into this category. How about creating a moss landscape rock or garden statue?

Moss will make certain garden elements look and feel aged and as if they have been part of the landscape for years. Moss also adds tranquility to any shade garden. The trouble with garden moss though, is that sometimes it may not even grow at all on its own. And if it does, it may take a very long time to become established.

Here is an easy way to accelerate and establish a beautiful green moss cover for your garden rocks and concrete features. This project is a favorite of children and will encourage their interest in gardening, landscaping and nature.

This method doesn’t work well on resin statues and artificial landscape rocks. I have found natural items, old item with cracks and crevices and stone or cement work the best. Wood will also work but the moss will retain moisture causing the piece to deteriorate quicker.

To create a moss garden piece or sculptures stir a fist size clump of porcelain clay into three cups of water to form a thin paste. You can harvest clay from nature but purchasing porcelain clay from a local hobby shop can be easier.

Combine the clay mixture with one cup of undiluted fish emulsion and one cup of fresh, shredded moss. Fish emulsion is a plant fertilizer made from whole fish. It’s usually available at retail nurseries and garden centers. (I also use fish emulsion as a liquid fertilizer in the gardens and on houseplants.)

Mix the clay, fish emulsion and shredded moss together in an old bowl or pan. Next paint it on your rocks, sculpture or concrete objects with an old paintbrush. Place your mossed garden art in your yard or garden and keep the piece lightly moist by misting it. Take care not to wash the mixture off while the moss mix is rooting and starting to grow.

Moss grows naturally in patches, likes the North side of objects, and takes readily to cracks and crevices. It will prefer a shady area, rock gardens or shade gardens.



If you use this moss formula in shady gardens and in moist locations you will probably have moss on your garden statues and landscape rocks in a few weeks.

Add a few annual flowers near the moss art and you will have an instant focal point in your gardens and backyard – http://thegardenersrake.com/create-your-own-moss-garden-art

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