Drawing Board Blog

“Going Dark” With a New Kind of Pencil

By David Jamieson | 16 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 | 61 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 | 67 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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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…

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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 | 31 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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