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    Hi Matt,

    New subscriber to DTO here 🙂 I’ve only been able to watch a few critique videos so far but I’ve already learnt so much….

    What advice do you give students new to drawing when it comes to creating a daily practice?

    I have very limited time available, with a young baby that just does not want to sleep. But I do believe I can carve out 30min daily – I know it’s not much… hopefully this will change in a month or two.

    My main aim for learning to draw is to improve my oil painting skills. I read that drawing with charcoal is advised because it is similar to painting. Should I be doing most of my practice with charcoal?

    I studied anatomy in med school (almost 20 years ago now) and I have a real appreciation for the human figure – and I would like to do some figurative painting. But I have shied away from even attempting portraits and/or the figure. My intention is to follow the drawing exercises in the “Begin Here” section of DTO, but realistically I don’t know how much time I can spend watching the lessons at this point. Any suggestions on what to focus on?

    For a few short weeks I managed to paint a small 5×7 inch panel every day. I learnt a great deal from doing so but it started to feel rather aimless. I wasn’t seeing any improvement eventually.

    With slimited time available how do you suggest splitting one’s time between painting and drawing if the main aim is to paint better?

    Thank you!

    Celeste

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    Matthew
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    Hi Celeste,

    Listen to today’s podcast. I think it will help. If you have any follow up questions, ask them in the comments section under the podcast.

    Matt

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