Drawing Magazine Blog

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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In Memoriam: Susan Hauptman

Drawing magazine is sad to report the passing of Susan Hauptman (1947-2015). Susan was a wonderful artist who devoted her career to drawing, working primarily in a combination of charcoal and pastel. Her output consists mostly of large-scale, intense and sometimes funny self-portraits, which are absolutely, unmistakably her own. I had the pleasure of meeting her once, and it was clear that she was an...

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Drawing Exhibition of the Month: Andrea del Sarto in Los Angeles

An exhibition currently on view in California offers big rewards for lovers of figure drawing and Renaissance art. “Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action” is showing at the Getty, in Los Angeles, until September 13, and it is Drawing magazine’s Exhibition of the Month for July. Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) was one of...

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New eMag: Drawing With the Masters

Inspirational and aspirational: Our goal is to be both of those things when we’re putting together an issue of Drawing. Inspirational isn’t usually a problem–we come across so many wonderful artists it’s hard not to be inspired. But the aspirational part can be daunting. Some artists seem so incredibly talented that even thinking about approaching their...

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Factors to Consider For Urban Sketching

What do you think of when you hear the words “urban sketching?” You probably envision artists studying and drawing the shapes and colors of office buildings, busy streets and perhaps oblivious passersby on their way to important, countless appointments. What’s interesting to me is comparing the similarities and differences among urban sketches across this...

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Drawing, Spring 2015 Preview Video

The spring 2015 issue of Drawing focuses on the beauty and versatility of black-and-white drawing. We reveal the winners in our annual competition of black-and-white work and also look at artists who draw wildlife in graphite, landscapes in charcoal, and portraits in a variety of media. Visit our online store to purchase a copy or to...

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Shades of Gray 3: Drawing Competition Winners Revealed!

We’re thrilled to present the winning drawings in Drawing magazine’s third annual Shades of Gray competition. This contest challenges artists the world over to create artwork in any drawing media, so long as the works are entirely made up of black, white and gray tones. No color is allowed–not even toned paper. The grand-prize winner of...

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Drawing Magazine, Spring 2015 Table of Contents

The spring issue of Drawing magazine is here, and with it comes the usual dose of artistic inspiration, including the winners of the 3rd annual Shades of Gray Competition. To see it all, click here to purchase a copy, click here to download the issue, or click here to subscribe. Happy sketching! Features Island Light The charcoal landscapes...

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Portrait Drawings from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts: Online Exclusive

If you’re a fan of a traditional, classical approach to drawing, you’ll love the current exhibition at The Drawing Center, in New York City, which features a wide selection of portrait drawings from the collection of the esteemed Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. The school is virtually synonymous with the academic approach to drawing and...

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Online Gallery: Dane Patterson

In the spring issue of Drawing magazine we introduce Dane Patterson (www.danepatterson.com) and his graphite-pencil drawings that present surreal visions of the mundane aspects of everyday life. Here we’re happy to present a larger sample of the artist’s work. Enjoy! And to see more, download or purchase your copy of the new issue of Drawing.