The Raw Umber Blog

Hints and tips about drawing and painting, plus news from Raw Umber Studios.

FREE Portrait Drawing Class: Open Studios 2024

Monday 20 May, 2024

All welcome as we open our doors for a half-day of open studios involving a drop-in life drawing class and gallery! Read more ...

An Interview with Paint Off Judge: Lizet Dingemans

Monday 29 April, 2024

In the run-up to the Raw Umber Studios Portrait Paint-Off, learn more about what judge Lizet Dingemans is looking for... Read more ...

Portrait Paint Off 2024

Monday 19 February, 2024

We’re running a live, free to enter, portrait painting competition with £3,500 of prizes in August 2024 and you could be one of the participants. Find out more here! Read more ...

Raw Umber Studios Image Prize 2023 - Public Choice Award Announced

Monday 11 December, 2023

We had over 1,300 votes in our public choice competition. We're really pleased to announce the winner! Read more ...

Winner of the Raw Umber Studios Image Prize 2023 Announced

Thursday 23 November, 2023

We had some 1,000 entrants from over 300 entrants, all based on images from our searchable image library. We have chosen a winner, and are also awarding an additional prize based on a public vote. Read more ...

Lydia Cecil - Artist Spotlight

Tuesday 7 November, 2023

There’s something about Lydia Cecil’s portraits that’s arresting; often cinematic. Learn more about how one of our regular visiting and online tutors became the artist she is today. Written by Katie Jarvis. Read more ...

Prize: Reference Image Library

Friday 6 October, 2023

Want to be in the running for a cash prize of £1000? Read more ...

Drawing the portrait from a photograph

Thursday 13 July, 2023

Here, Lizet Dingemans takes us through how she draws from a photograph when she can't get to the studio for the live subject... Read more ...

Student showcase

Tuesday 6 June, 2023

We've launched a section on our website showcasing works that artists have created from our online sessions, inspired by our reference images, or during our workshops... Read more ...

Site Festival Open Studios 2023

Tuesday 9 May, 2023

All welcome as we open our doors for a half-day of open studios involving a drop-in life drawing class and gallery, as part of Stroud's Site Festival 2023. Read on for more info and how to book. Read more ...
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