Pastel Pick of the Week | How the Pastel 100 Can Change Your Life

On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. What better way to honor the dedicated work you do as a pastel artist than by entering your latest “labor of love” in the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition? Why enter? One, because the deadline is Tuesday! Two, because there’s nothing quite like the shot in the arm...


Two Weeks Left: Enter Drawing’s 2014 Shades of Gray Competition!

The deadline for the 2014 Shades of Gray Competition is September 8–only two weeks left! This competition offers artists an opportunity for their accomplishments to be recognized in Drawing magazine. To enter, a work must be created entirely in black, white and gray in media including, but not limited to, graphite, charcoal, pastel, chalk,...


So, What’s Your Hook?

Knowing the hook—or what it is that attracted me to a certain scene—is key to producing a successful landscape painting. It's the concept. If I don’t know why I’m doing it, then I won’t know what to do. Following this concept is also useful in terms of knowing when a painting is finished. Think...


Drawing: Summer 2014 Table of Contents

The summer 2014 issue of Drawing is out now, and it’s full of articles about still life, pastel, and other drawing topics. Click here to get your copy. In this issue you’ll find: Visions of Sunflowers Questions and answers with Jimmy Wright, one of America’s leading pastelists. Interview by Austin R. Williams Click here...

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Demos: Drawing the Nose and Eye

In the summer 2014 issue of Drawing, our “Drawing Fundamentals” series teaches you how to draw realistic mouths and noses from various angles. Author and artist Jon deMartin explains that the same underlying process applies when drawing any of the face’s features.  First, you must find the line of action, which describes the form’s...


Reaching the End | When is a Painting Finished?

It seems that most of us—even when we have mapped out a destination for a painting—still find it hard to know when to put down the pastel stick and stop working. In fact, one of the most commonly asked question in one of my workshops is "How do you know when you are done?"


Exhibition: Last Chance to See “Lebbeus Woods, Architect”

Don’t miss the exhibition “Lebbeus Woods, Architect,” at The Drawing Center, in New York City. And even if you can’t attend in person, it’s worth taking a look at this artist’s interesting work. Throughout his career, architect Lebbeus Woods has created a narrative on how construction can be transformative. Working mostly with graphite on...

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Winners of the 2nd Annual Shades of Gray Competition

We’re proud to present the winning works in Drawing’s second annual Shades of Gray Competition, which challenges artists to submit their best drawings, in any medium, created entirely in black, white, and gray. The following 14 drawings were selected as the winners from more than 1,000 entries by a panel of judges. You can...