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Why is Drawing Children so Difficult?

By David Jamieson | 9 Comments
Drawing Children is difficult because the definition of forms is so much softer on younger faces.

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 […]

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“Notes on Life” – An Exhibition of Visual Lectures

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

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.

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What the heck is “White Charcoal”?

By David Jamieson | 23 Comments

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.

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Drawing Basics… It’s Almost Here.

By David Jamieson | 2 Comments
The "shape" of the light mass on a sphere, with the light arriving from the upper right.

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 […]

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Painting with Vincent Desiderio

By Melinda Whitmore | 2 Comments

We were thrilled this weekend to host our first visiting artist workshop at the studio with Vincent Desiderio. Vincent is one of the titans of contemporary painting, and an exceptionally generous teacher. As much as the workshop was about direct and indirect painting technique, it also felt like a master class in art history. “Paintings exist […]

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Welcome Back UIC BVIS!

By Melinda Whitmore | 0 Comments

We’re a little late getting this posted, but we were once again honored to host the incoming class of UIC’s Biomedical Visualization program. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to share our love for art and anatomy with students who are committed and thoughtful in their pursuit of a degree of which David and I […]

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AMI 2014 Annual Conference at Mayo Clinic.

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Still Life Drawing?

By David Jamieson | 9 Comments

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 […]

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New Video Download Available!

By David Jamieson | 3 Comments

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 […]

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New Drawing Demonstration Live on YouTube!

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

The time-lapse demo videos we’ve put on YouTube have been an unexpected pleasure. They’re fun to make and to share, and they’ve proved to be more popular than we ever anticipated, helping us to build a small but growing audience on YouTube, and more broadly online. Since the last few months of 2013 were consumed […]

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