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Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA, KStA

The Drawing Skills in Painting

"Even when you Paint you never stop Drawing, only this time you do it with your brush!"

~ Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA

Igor V. Babailov's unique 16-year long formal fine art education (1974 -1990) under the Russian Academy of Arts (founded in 1757), especially contributed to his unparalleled skill in academic drawing ( or drawing from life ) which today is a fundamental challenge for many painters. 
"        ainting does not exist without drawing. It is the outstanding drawing with its perfect values, which makes the best examples of paintings in the History of Fine Art strong and powerful. 


Anyone can copy/modify photos or ready-made images, whether they are black and white or in color (you would not need a solid art education for that...); but it is the skill of working from life and particularly drawing from life, which reveals the artist's true "Masterability."  Even when you paint you never stop drawing, only this time you do that with the brush. Drawing from life is the must and the fundamental to learn and to know for anyone, wishing to become a truly Professional Artist and Portrait Painter.
That is the philosophy of the traditional school and such Masters as Bouguereau, Whistler and SerovAnd this is the main focus of my  workshops with life demos in Oil, Pencil and Pastel, which distinguishes them from the workshops of others. 
In Visual Art, I believe, the more Demos of different medium techniques the students see, the more they learn and understand how to approach those mediums in their own works. It is especially helpful to realize that those very different mediums are actually very much related to each other and have a lot in common - they are the 'clothes' on the beautiful anatomically structured human form underneath. 
Profile of a man, academic portrait drawing by Igor Babailov, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, world renowned American portrait artist.
Academic Head Study 
by Igor Babailov
Surikov Academy, 1988
Having 16 years of formal academic education and 30 years of teaching experience with students around the world, I can assure you that there are no shortcuts in Visual Art's learning. However, my accredited Academic method of teaching will enable you to possess the knowledge you need and to gain the skills you deserve in no time. With the proper academic instruction, just like the Masters you will be able to paint expertly and fast, without wasting your time on fixing mistakes, simply because there won't be any. This will also help you to establish your individual style and to find yourself as an artist sooner than you think. Your education is your investment, invest wisely."

~ Igor V. Babailov, Hon.RAA

The Drawing Skill in Painting - Portrait Artist Igor Babailov
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Igor V. Babailov. Hon.RAA - master portrait artist, master-workshops.
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