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5 Days of Focus.

By David Jamieson | 4 Comments

We’re half-way through our portrait workshop for January and we’re reminded once again of the advantages that come from focus. Many of our classes meet on a weekly basis, which suits our students’ schedules perfectly. But 7 days between class sessions can feel like an eternity – it can take time to find your place […]

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An Improving Platform…

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

Our online course in portrait drawing has been live for just over 2 months now and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s going. We’ve had scads of new students sign up for the course, with some completing it in just a few days while others bide their time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Vitruvian Fine Art Studio

A year of growth With the first few days of 2014 already in the past, we’re looking back on a pivotal year. Our mission for 2013 was to expand our offerings both in the studio and online, and we’ve accomplished both. Uptake on our Weekday Atelier program –introduced last January – has exceeded our expectations, […]

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Our First Annual Holiday Cookie Swap!

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

Join us for our first annual Holiday Cookie Swap at Vitruvian. Here’s how it works: Bring cookies. Swap them for other cookies. Eat the cookies. Drink and Be Merry. When? Friday, December 13th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm Where? Vitruvian Fine Art Studio 1735 N. Ashland Ave, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60622 We hope to see you […]

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The Early Reviews Are In…

By David Jamieson | 2 Comments

I just finished my first time through. It will take a lot of practice, I think, but I couldn’t be happier with the course. Thank you. It was as if I was sitting next to you in the studio and your explanations were terrific. — Tim Madden, Queensland, Australia [hr] Portrait Drawing — The Complete Online […]

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3rd Time-Lapse Portrait Drawing Demonstration…

By David Jamieson | 11 Comments
Still from David Jamieson's 3rd Time-Lapse Portrait Drawing Demonstration.

Our newest time-lapse portrait drawing demonstration is currently live on YouTube… But this one is special. The clips used are all extracted from a larger project we’ve been working on: Portrait Drawing – The Online Course. With nearly 10 hours of video demonstration and lecture, Portrait Drawing Basics will guide students through the process of drawing […]

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Fleurotica 2013

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Mindy Whitmore's design for Fleurotica 2013, inspired by "Winged Vicory".

Mindy was invited to participate in was the annual fashion show Fleurotica — a gala benefit for the Garfield Park Conservatory held at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Thirty designers created couture runway fashions made entirely out of plants and flowers, and all from a variety of inspirations. Mindy took inspiration from her favorite sculptures: the ancient […]

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“A Hedge Against Death…”

By David Jamieson | 6 Comments

Martha Mayer Erlebacher, 1937–2013 We were saddened to learn today of the death in Philadelphia of Martha Erlebacher, figurative artist and teacher. Martha was closely affiliated with the New York Academy of Art over many years, serving as Chair of the MFA program in 1996, and teaching Drawing, Painting and Anatomy there for 14 years from […]

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The mother of all lead pointers…

By David Jamieson | 12 Comments
Tru-Point Lead Pointer

We do a lot of pencil drawing at the studio and keeping a sharp point is an ongoing problem. A conventional pencil sharpener is adequate most of the time, but sometimes the point it offers just isn’t sharp enough. Hand-sharpening a “spear point” with an x-acto knife and sandpaper works very well, but it’s time […]

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Post-Modern Times – The Journal of Aesthetics and Art History

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

I’m delighted to be included in the inaugural issue of Post-Modern Times – The Journal of Aesthetics and Art History from the Birmingham Free Press. This is a gorgeous publication, with rich visuals, thoughtful text, and some beautiful artwork. The issue also includes illuminating statements by and interviews with the various artists about their vision […]

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