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The blog of Drawing magazine, featuring artwork and art instruction from past, present, and future issues, along with news, exhibitions, and competitions from the world of drawing!

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Drawing Magazine, Winter 2016 Table of Contents

The winter 2016 issue of Drawing magazine is here, and it’s all about charcoal. We look at the work of three outstanding contemporary charcoal artists–Mary Borgman, Hilary Brace and April Gornik–and we also learn a bit about the many types of charcoal you can choose from, as well as the history of the medium. (Spoiler alert:...

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Drawing, Winter 2016 Preview Video

The winter 2016 issue of Drawing magazine focuses on charcoal, one of the most widely used drawing media, and you can check out a video preview of the new issue below. We feature three accomplished charcoal artists, along with the history of charcoal and advice for choosing and using the right charcoal for you. Visit...

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Online Gallery: Graphite Drawings by Mike Lee

In the winter 2016 issue of Drawing magazine, we feature Mike Lee as our New and Notable artist. Lee’s graphite drawings contemplate the duality between artificiality and realism by taking everyday normalcies (figures, objects and settings) and working them into their most simplistic forms. Small subjects surrounded by vast white spaces, Lee’s drawings represent fleeting moments in a...

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Exhibition of the Month: Drawing Motion in North Carolina

Drawing motion and contributing a sense of live movement to a picture is one of the hardest challenges artists face. “In Motion,” an exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), explores this subject from both artistic and scientific angles, making it Drawing magazine’s exhibition of the month...

Richard Diebenkorn (U.S.A., 1922–1993), Untitled from Sketchbook #13, page 13, c. 1965–66. Pen and ink on paper. Gift of Phyllis Diebenkorn, 2014.13.15. © The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Exhibition of the Month: Diebenkorn Sketchbooks at the Cantor

Artists know that the sketchbook often serves as the place where ideas are formed, experiments are tried, and art is created rapidly, fluidly, and free of self-consciousness. It’s a privilege to look inside the private sketchbook of any artist, much less a great one. We’re given precisely that opportunity in “Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed,”...

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Shades of Gray Competition 4: Winners Announced

Drawing magazine is thrilled to announce the winners of the fourth annual Shades of Gray Competition. Fifteen winning artists were selected by the jury, with the grand prize going to Chi-Han Cheng, of Daly City, California. A full list of winners is below. The winning artworks will be featured in the spring 2016 issue of Drawing,...

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Exhibition of the Month: Japanese Prints in Minneapolis

The practice of Japanese woodblock prints goes back centuries, but a new exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art focuses on notable practitioners from a relatively recent time in the history of Japanese prints. “Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection” features 112 works from the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and the show...

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Drawing, Fall 2015 Preview Video

The fall 2015 issue of Drawing celebrates the human figure, which may be the most fascinating—and also the most challenging—subject to draw. We look at drawings of figures and heads by both Old Masters and leading contemporary artists to learn what makes for a compelling figure drawing.   Visit our online store to purchase a...

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Drawing Magazine, Fall 2015 Table of Contents

The fall issue of Drawing is hot off the presses, and as usual it’s loaded with artistic advice and inspiration. The issue focuses on the human body, with inspiring figure drawings from both Old Masters and a wide variety of contemporary artists. Other articles focus on choosing the write paper, drawing ellipses, and the role of artists...