Cast Drawing Coming Soon!

Cast Drawing

A new online course from Vitruvian.

Now Available!

Still from a <em>Cast Drawing</em> lesson video.
Still from a Cast Drawing lesson video.

Clear, Step-by-Step Instruction

In Cast Darwing, as in all our online courses, Instructor David Jamieson draws along with you, explaining his decisions along the way. This "show-and-tell" approach is by far the most effective way to teach drawing. It's all we do here, and we've been doing it for a long time.

Proceed at Your Own Pace.

When you purchase an online course at Vitruvian Studio, your access to the course will never expire. That's important, because it means students can take as much time as they need to really absorb the material and develop their skills gradually. Feel free to pause, resume, re-watch and review the course material as many times as you like.


Nothing Left Out.

The trouble with instructional DVDs is that they usually leave out too much. They'll show you Step 1, Step 2... and then Step 22. This is partly due to the time limits imposed by the medium itself, but it can be frustrating for learners nonetheless.

In all our online courses the instructor demonstrations are presented in their entirety – truly from start to finish. The demo in Cast Drawing is well over 10 hours long.

Get Help When You Need It.

Another advantage of online courses over DVDs is that they're interactive. Each lesson features a discussion thread where students can ask questions and get answers, or if the student prefers, send a private message to the instructor directly. We're here to help, and we'll respond to most questions within 48 hours.


Watch the introduction video to Cast Drawing – The Online Course:

The cast used in the course is available from Giust Gallery. Tell them you're a Vitruvian student, and get a 10% discount!

Draw From Life or From Photo and 3D References

Cast drawing should really be done from direct observation, or "from life". This means that each student should really have their own cast. Fortunately, purchasing the same cast used in the course is simple. Our "Eye of David" cast came from Giust Gallery in Massachusetts, and they have plenty in stock. They've even offered a 10% discount to Vitruvian students!

For students unable to purchase a cast, we've made a high quality photo reference available in the course, along with a 3D digital view of the cast for reference.

Topics Covered in Cast Drawing include:

Module 1


Drawing Materials

Getting Started



Module 2

Blocking-in, Part 1

Blocking-in, Part 2



Module 3

Value Study

Beginning to Model the Cast

Developing the Shadows

Crossing into the Light

Organizing Light Masses

Dark & Light Accents


Finish & Refinement


Student Reviews of our Online Courses...


I am really enjoying this online art course. It has provided me with valuable keys for achieving an accurate translation of subject and form. I’ve been struggling with understanding the methods of sighting and triangulation as well as scale and framing. The instruction is simple and very effective. After just one evening of watching the videos, I experienced many “AHA!” moments which allowed me to correct my approach to estimating the dimensions and landmarks of my subject. I am very pleased with the material Mr. Jamieson has provided and feel that it was worth every penny. I look forward to seeing more courses offered by your studio. Thank you, Mr. Jamieson.


Murphy, TX


I just completed my first time through the lesson! I am totally impressed and inspired. I first thought I would watch the lessons through a couple of times and then attempt a portrait drawing on my own using my newly learned skills. After the detailed instruction, I believe I can begin after one time through and use the lessons as a reference in the process. I can’t wait to begin. I have sought portrait instruction through the years in books and classes but have not found one that offered so much material and so easily followed. I am a self taught artist. You have added a whole new dimension to my learning curve. Thank you.


Porter, TX


I am currently only about 1/3 thru the course and it is everything I had hoped! It is broken down into small/short snippets of process that I find easy to learn and apply. Sometimes instructors can get a little ‘moonbeamish’ with their presentation, but not David. Nothing better than concrete/useful cookbook ways of proceeding thru the process of blocking in…the most important piece of getting a likeness.


New York, NY


Somehow, much to my surprise I’ve become 66 years old. I’ve been trying, with minimal success to learn the mechanics, as well as the Feel (which comes more naturally) of how to draw faces. Triangulation, comparative measurement seemed like cold mathematical systems, antithetical to real Expression and Soul. Wrong ! I’m getting So Much out of your teaching:systematic, clear, precise and concise with wonderful results in your finished, or at least “that’s It .. I’m Done ! drawings. You’ve shown me that, as with music, Soul /Discipline/are proven tools,allowing one to keep moving unveiling and peeling away layers…..working towards the heart of some kind of Mystery that connects us, are Important and Necessary. Ah, it appears that you Can, teach an Old Dog new tricks. Deep thanks.


Palm Springs, CA


Thank you for the Portrait Drawing Course; it is incredible. The way everything is broken down and explained in such detail is a must for someone new to drawing, like myself. Needless to say, that’s not something that I’ve ever found available in this type of format. Even if it was, I wouldn’t want to think about how much it would cost. The amount of video and instruction available with this course is quite simply the best drawing tuition I’ve seen on the internet (at any price), and believe me, I’ve looked.

Thank you for making a product that is exactly what you say it was. I’ve seen your competitors claim things like, “complete portrait drawing lessons, from start to finish.” The actual content they offer is laughable compared to what is offered here. I’ve spent the last 8-9 months scouring the internet for exactly this kind of drawing tuition, but I simply did not believe that it was available; at any price. I hope you sell a million of these.


Knoxville, TN

Ready to Start?

When you purchase an online course at Vitruvian Studio, your enrollment to the course never expires. You can access the course as many times as you please, for as long as you wish.


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  • Clear Step-By-Step Instruction.
  • Proceed At Your Own Pace.
  • Nothing Left Out.
  • Get Help When You Need It.
  • Forever Access.