Welcome to The Drawing Source, an instructional website dedicated to helping you learn to express yourself visually through drawing! On this site you will find step by step drawing tutorials, exercises, lectures and inspiration.
I'm Marina Fridman, and I've had the pleasure and good fortune of drawing since before I can remember. My artwork is now exhibited and collected across the US and Canada, and I am thrilled to be a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
When I decided to become a visual artist, I craved an education that would immerse me in classical drawing and painting. My pursuit led me to study in three cities in two countries, attend three universities, three private art schools, and countless workshops and classes, all within five years.
And that was just been the beginning! At every stage of my education it has been thrilling to become aware of how much I have yet to learn, and how much there is to discover in the infinitely vast realm of drawing. I feel fortunate to have been able to pursue the education that I desired, and hope to make drawing education more accessible to those for whom it may be difficult to find, but who love drawing as much as I do.
Becoming fluent in the visual language of drawing is a life-long process. I would like to share with you what I have learned so far in my journey, and hopefully encourage you in yours.
What am I drawing these days? My most recent work, titled Omniscient Body, is an immersive, entirely hand-drawn installation that invites viewers to
be enveloped in outer space, to approach the celestial body of Mars at their
own scale, to be towered over by one of the rings of Saturn, and to look
up at planet Earth and the Moon as though from a great distance.
Further information and images of this work can be found on my personal website!
Marina Fridman is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist. Immersed in traditional drawing and painting in the early years of her education, Fridman now works in a wide range of materials and techniques, moving fluidly between drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video. Her work explores our perception of time and space, reality and mortality.
Fridman holds a BFA Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from Alfred University.
Marina is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and received an Honorable Mention in the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2018. Most recently she was awarded the Manifest ONE Prize, an international competition from which her work ‘Overview’ was selected from 927 entries by 18 jurors. She has also been awarded numerous scholarships from her educational institutions and the Edmonton Arts Council.
Fridman has attended Residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the League Residency at Vyt, the I-Park Foundation, the Creative Practices Institute, the Manifest Gallery, the invitational Art BnB Jerusalem residency at Hamiffal Cultural Center in Jerusalem, Israel, and the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society Residency in Estonia.
Marina’s work has been published by Hi-Fructose Magazine (online), Booooooom, Art in America, ACS Magazine, the Manifest International Drawing Annual, Foundations of Drawing (Random House), North Light Books' Art Journey, and Strokes of Genius, to name a few. Her works have been exhibited and collected in the US, Canada, Israel, and Estonia.
Aside from her creative practice, Marina is an educator of visual arts at Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.
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