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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, Summer 2015 Table of Contents

We’re excited to unveil the summer 2015 issue of Drawing magazine, which is an exploration of the many materials that can be used for drawing and the infinite variety of ways that they can be mixed and combined. Among the drawing materials you’ll learn about are ink, charcoal, wax, silverpoint and cut paper. Artists featured include...

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Online Gallery: Fantasy Drawings by Paul Kidby

Fans of illustration and fantasy drawing get a treat in the summer issue of Drawing, which features an interview with the British artist Paul Kidby. Kidby has spent some 20 years illustrating for the late Terry Pratchett, author of the sprawling, best-selling Discworld series of satirical fantasy novels. Kidby’s work on Discworld has ranged from book...

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Online Gallery: Brooks Salzwedel

In the summer issue of Drawing magazine we introduce Brooks Salzwedel, whose mixed media landscape drawings (created with materials including graphite, resin and Mylar) are simultaneously dreamlike and daunting as they examine the discord between nature and technology. Here we’re happy to present a larger sample of the artist’s work. To see more, download or purchase your copy of the...

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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...