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

By David Jamieson | 49 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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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 best of them seem to employ the concepts and methods we teach in a way that is both familiar and novel at the same time. Since we’ve begun teaching online, […]

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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 student that x is “always true”, there ends up being some damn reason why it’s actually not true in the particular case at hand – and then I have to backpedal. But […]

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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 the classical or academic tradition in drawing, painting and sculpture. All 4 Vitruvian instructors – David Jamieson, Melinda Whitmore, Anthony Adcock and Anna Wakitsch – are featured in the exhibition, […]

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

By David Jamieson | 65 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: it gets “shiny” if you’re not really careful, and shiny drawings are ugly. If you don’t know what I mean by “shiny”, grab a soft graphite pencil and a piece […]

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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 | 25 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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