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Post Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:30 pm

Historic Drawing Techniques


My name is Mark Osterman and I work at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photogtraphy and Film as the process historian. Even though the main focus of my research is the making of photo sensitive materials [1790-1880] I came from a drawing and painting background. I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977.

In the past few years I have been getting back into pencil drawing and have combined both my drawing and photographic interests by researching optical drawing tools used by artists from the mid-1600s to the middle of the nineteenth century. These include cameras obscurae [tent and hand held] camera lucida and physionotrace for making simultaneous tracings of shadows and reduced silhouettes.

I would love to hear from others interested in this type of drawing. My museum email is:



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Post Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:38 pm

Re: Historic Drawing Techniques

Sounds interesting Mark,post some of your stuff.
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