Q: I've been mostly a casual drawer, so I’ve stuck mainly to
drawing the human figure. Now that I'm looking into pursuing a career
in art, I need to improve my skills in sketching backgrounds. Is there
a good online tutorial or a book that covers this topic?
A: There are hundreds of books on how to draw
everything. There are also great art magazines that offer lessons in
drawing and painting. American Artist magazine is a wonderful
source of information. The publication includes articles from
nationally known artists who successfully pursue careers in fine art.
Most art colleges offer classes online. The Academy of Art University,
for instance, is a leader in online art education. This university is
also known for preparing students for careers in the fine art and
commercial art-related market.
--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons