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I Didn’t Know It But I Was Starting A New Series

Often the idea for a new series comes to us by accident. We’re working (that’s when the muse can best find us) and things we’re working with combine in new ways, jog a memory, present a challenge, and bingo a new series pops into our minds. That’s what happened at the end of March this […]

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Sketching on Nostalgie with Water-soluble Ink.

If you read my blog regularly you already know I love the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbooks. I love sketching on this paper with any type of ink, but I wanted to look today at some of the fun I’ve been having with water-soluble ink. In the main image you can see that it was time to sketch […]

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Use What You Have Out

I have a lot of students who tell me they don’t have time to sketch. They tell me they have to make a space to work or they have to get supplies out. They tell me that they don’t have time to make background textures. They also admit that they are doing about 15 other […]

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Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Meets the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen

This post was originally published on February 6, 2017 during my site transition. Left: Quick sketch on 9 x 12 inch (approx.) piece of Fluid 100 cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper, using a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen (squeezy gray barrel). Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes you meet papers that immediately […]

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My Goals for 2017 and The MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Ninth Annual Portrait Party

This post was originally published on January 15, 2017 during my site transition. Note: The images in today’s post were sketched while I was sick with bronchitis and watching an episode of “Forged in Fire.” I LOVE THIS SHOW. Four blacksmiths compete in three rounds for $10,000. First they make a blade in 3 hours, then finish […]

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I Go Into Facial Overwhelm and Play with Pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors

Left: Lukas Pan Watercolors (with pink Montana Marker background) on a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment) in an 8 inch square Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Note: In this post I'm writing about pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors, read the whole post for the complete story to avoid product confusion. The availability […]

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A Bit of Watercolor in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Note: I discovered while creating this post that I've been listing this commercially bound journal as "Seabright" not "Seawhite." I apologize for the confusion if this has caused you any. I just have to plead stress and exhaustion from some family duties. I'm not using this journal every day and I simply failed one day […]

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Sketching on Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board Pads

Left: Sketch of stand-up comedian, actor, director and writer David Cross on a recent appearance on Netflix's "Chelsea." Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board Pad (9 x 12 inch cut to 6 x 9 inch). Pentel pigmented brush pen, Daniel Smith Watercolors, Montana Acrylic Marker background. Click on the image to view an enlargement. One of the […]

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Getting Caught Sketching

Above: A quick (less than 5 minute) sketch using a .04 Sakura Sensei Pigment Liner with Daniel Smith Watercolors on Flexbook Sketchbook paper. (The couple left before the paper dried enough for me to put the shadows in, and this paper needs to be totally dry or it bleeds through. If it doesn’t get done […]

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Review of the Flex Book Carnet Vierge, Blank Notebook

Above: "Jerry" on "Hawaii Five-0." Sketched with a Pentel pigment brush pen in the Carnet Vierge. On the recto page you can see how wet media on the next page spread caused the paper to buckle. There is the opacity issue, but mostly this paper just doesn't like wet media, as you'll see if you […]

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