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Why Learn to Draw When You Can Trace?

By David Jamieson | 24 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…

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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…

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What a Broken Wrist Taught Me About Drawing Skills

By David Jamieson | 19 Comments

A few 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…

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“Going Dark” With a New Kind of Pencil

By David Jamieson | 21 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…

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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…

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

By David Jamieson | 74 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…

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Artist Spotlight: Randy Ortiz

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

One of the things I love most about teaching is seeing how students incorporate things they’ve learned at the studio in their own work. The…

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5 “Laws” for Drawing Better Figures

By David Jamieson | 20 Comments

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…

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A New Exhibition at University of St. Francis

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

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…

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3 Ways to Reduce “Graphite Shine” in Your Drawings.

By David Jamieson | 72 Comments
An example of "burnished" or "shiny" graphite.

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:…

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