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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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New Work by Ethan Murrow and Francisco Souto

Two of Drawing’s favorite artists are currently holding solo exhibitions featuring terrific new work. Ethan Murrow, whose graphite drawings often depict pseudo-pioneers and adventurers embarking on strange missions or tasks, is featured in the exhibition “State Flag” at Winston Wachter, in New York City. The exhibition introduces a fascinating series of semi-allegorical drawings inspired...

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Exhibition Preview: Expressionist Art in Washington, DC

The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC is hosting an exhibition that brings together works from major German art movements, most notably the haunting German Expressionists. “Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection” includes works ranging from the 19th century to the 1970s, and although this spans some 200 years, the...

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Announcing the Winners: 2013 Shades of Gray Competition

We’re thrilled to announce the 14 winning artists in Drawing magazine’s 2013 Shades of Gray Competition, which challenged artists to submit their best drawings done entirely in black, white, and gray tones. In total, there were 14 winning works, all of which can be seen in the upcoming spring issue of Drawing. (Click here...

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Do Your Homework | Everett Raymond Kinstler on Drawing

“There are three things that are important: feeling, imagination, and the means to communicate.” Everett Raymond Kinstler, one of America’s leading portraitists, shared this insight in the newest issue of Drawing (Winter 2014). His feature article focuses on the importance of the sketches of his models and subjects, and how he’s able to convey...

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Sneak Peek: Masterpieces From the National Portrait Gallery

The winter 2014 issue of Drawing focuses on the topic of portraiture, and one of the highlights in this issue is a new installment in our Curator’s Choice series, which takes us into the vaults of the National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.si.edu). The National Portrait Gallery, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, collects portraits of...

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The Silverpoint Exhibition: An Online Gallery

If you’re intrigued at all by silverpoint–one of the oldest, most beautiful, and most mysterious drawing methods in the world–you’ll be interested to learn about “The Silverpoint Exhibition,” a recent show at the National Arts Club. The exhibition brought together works by dozens of contemporary dratsmen who work in silverpoint. The winter 2014 issue...

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Drawing Winter 2014, Preview Video

The latest issue of Drawing shines a light on portraiture, with articles featuring a portrait demonstration from Costa Vavagiakis; a survey of drawings from Everett Raymond Kinstler; and a selection of work from the National Portrait Gallery. It also includes a look at sketchbooks and artwork created with silverpoint. Check out the preview video below...

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Costa Vavagiakis: An Online Gallery

The winter 2014 issue of Drawing magazine features an in-depth demonstration by master figurative artist Costa Vavagiakis (http://www.costavavagiakis.com/), in which he demonstrates how to draw a portrait on toned paper using graphite and white chalk. Here, we’re happy to present a small selection of Vavagiakis’ finished drawings, which display his amazing ability to imbue a sense...

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Breaking Through the Wall

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it never fails. I always seem to hit the wall creatively. Maybe it’s the oppressive cold. Maybe it’s the shorter days/longer nights. But I always seem to end up in a funk that affects my writing, my work…everything. So what’s one to...