I’m not a big fan of “laws” in drawing and painting. There’s an exception to every rule, so it seems that whenever I tell a student that x is “always true”, there ends up being some damn reason why it’s actually not true in the particular case at hand – and then I have to backpedal. But […]
We’re thrilled to be included in a new exhibition at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. The show features work that’s representative of the classical or academic tradition in drawing, painting and sculpture. All 4 Vitruvian instructors – David Jamieson, Melinda Whitmore, Anthony Adcock and Anna Wakitsch – are featured in the exhibition, […]
I love drawing with graphite. Nothing beats the control and precision offered by a sharp graphite pencil. But there’s one thing I hate about graphite: it gets “shiny” if you’re not really careful, and shiny drawings are ugly. If you don’t know what I mean by “shiny”, grab a soft graphite pencil and a piece […]
I’m currently working on a portrait drawing of my niece Frances. Actually, she’s not my niece. She’s my wife’s cousin’s daughter, which I think makes her my first-cousin-once-removed… But I’m not sure. In any case, I decided to draw her for a few reasons: because I thought it would be a nice thing to do […]
We were pleased to be asked to exhibit some of our class demonstrations and lecture diagrams at the International Museum of Surgical Science in a show titled “Notes on Life” – Visual Lectures from the Vitruvian Fine Art Studio.
We had an argument at the studio yesterday. It preceded the opening of our exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, where we had some class demonstration drawings and lecture diagrams on display. We were printing exhibition labels for the artwork, and the argument was about what to call a white pencil.
This project began in earnest back in April. The goal was to put together an online version of the introductory drawing course that we’ve been teaching in the studio for years. This is the course in which we teach many of the foundational drawing skills that students will need as they proceed to tackle complex […]
We’re thrilled to be participating in the American Medical Illustrators Annual Conference at Mayo Clinic! This years event features dozens of presentations from luminaries in the biomedical visualization field on diverse topics including: The Microanatomy of the Human Inner Ear, by Dr. Robert D. Acland Using Stereoscopy in Scientific Animation, by Ana María Campos The […]
I recently completed a new drawing at the studio titled White Pitcher & Nautilus. My intention is to develop a collection of drawings to use as supporting material for our upcoming online course Drawing Basics. But while working on it I became aware that I don’t think I’ve ever done a still life image that […]
With each new video release on YouTube, we like to follow-up with an extended version for those interested in learning more. Last month we released our latest time-lapse demonstration video featuring the development of a cast drawing from start to finish. Today, we’re announcing the downloadable version, featuring – as usual – an instructional narration that explains […]