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Can You Learn to Draw at Art College?

By David Jamieson | 8 Comments

Is it possible for you to learn how to draw at art college? In this post, we’ll discuss how art college may not be the right choice for beginners.

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“How Long Did That Take You?” – And Other Questions About Learning to Draw

By David Jamieson | 12 Comments
Learn how to draw

Wondering how long it will take for you to learn how to draw? Will it take 10,000 hours or is that only a myth? We’ll discuss in this post:

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You’re Doing It Wrong! How to Overcome “Process Anxiety”

By David Jamieson | 13 Comments
Overcome process anxiety

Do you struggle with self-doubt and the nagging fear that you’re drawing or painting incorrectly? This post is for you:

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8 Lies That Stop You From Being a Good Artist

By Melinda Whitmore | 4 Comments
Learning to draw

When you’re learning to draw, here are 8 things that can easily get in your way and sabotage your progress.

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Why Learn to Draw When You Can Trace?

By David Jamieson | 21 Comments
Trace when learning to draw

Can tracing help you develop your drawing skills? Learning to draw well is difficult. It can take years of practice and good instruction and even then, there are no guarantees. We make sure our students understand this before they begin learning with us, and most are eager to accept the challenge. But once in a […]

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Back on YouTube After A Long Break

By David Jamieson | 11 Comments

It’s been a while since I recorded a new video for Youtube, but I’m glad to be back at it. This one features Kelsey, who is one of our favorite models to draw. The process documented here is the same one I use for all my drawings, and the same one presented in detail in […]

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What a Broken Wrist Taught Me About Drawing Skills

By David Jamieson | 18 Comments

A couple of years ago, I broke my wrist on New Year’s Eve. I know what you’re thinking, and no… it wasn’t the result of too much boozing. That would at least be a fun story to tell, but the truth is far more dull: I was spreading salt on our icy back steps when […]

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“Going Dark” With a New Kind of Pencil

By David Jamieson | 12 Comments

Before we get started, I have to say that I’m a little late to this party. The “new” pencils I’m about to discuss here have actually been available in some parts of the world for over a year already, and I’ve had a set lying around the studio for some time. Life being what it is, […]

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New Drawing, Familiar Face.

By David Jamieson | 17 Comments

Today I published a new video to Youtube – it’s one of the time-lapse portrait drawing demonstrations I do from time to time. What I like about this one is the model. We’ve worked with DaLawn Simpson at the studio since we opened nearly 11 years ago, and he’s one of our favorite models. He’s […]

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We Built Our Own Easels, and You Can Too! (Maybe…)

By David Jamieson | 47 Comments

The Problem Our studio is already full of easels. We have somewhere between 12 and 15 of them depending on whether we’re counting the slightly broken ones that we use only in a pinch. That sounds like a lot but it isn’t because there’s not one of them that I get to call “mine”. My wife […]

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