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Experimenting with Line Quality And Working Method

Typically I like to work with one pen throughout an image and get a variety of line types from that pen by the way I angle the pen and the pressure I use. In the past couple of years, because of approaches I’ve tried during life drawing co-op settings where I take a larger variety […]

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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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Happy New Year—Make 2017 A Year of Sketching

Left: Pentel Brush Pen and light washes of gouache on a Canson watercolor board (9 x 6 inches) with Montana Marker background. Reginald D. Hunter is a comedian/entertainer. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  I cut one finger pulling boxes down (paper cuts!!!) and cut another picking up something sharp. Typing slowly. But […]

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Project Friday—Improving Your Drawing Practice with Repetition, the Right Tool, Being Invested, and Celebration

Above: Practice sketches in a 6 x 8 inch journal using a thick, soft, solid, fiber-tipped black brush pen and Montana Marker (background) as well as a large, fat-leaded Lyra metallic pencil. I'm feeling around to sense the nuance in the pose, the angle of the eyes, the negative space that first attracted me, to […]

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By Design: Sign Up Anytime

Above: A page spread from one of my visual journals. During my By Design Class I address not only the component parts of a page, but the rationale behind making design decisions to create impact and organize your text and illustrations. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  Since the beginning of September 2016 […]

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Someone Really Wants to Take Gouache to the Fair

Left: The scan of my second chicken test on the Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board (cold press). This is 9 x 12 inches and done with a Uni Posca Marker, the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen with the squeezy barrel, a Montana Acrylic Marker, and Daniel Smith Watercolors applied with a Niji water brush. Completed under […]

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Project Friday: Just Get Something Down on Paper

Above: Selfie made with bold Uni Posca pen (orange, the tip is about 1/4 inch wide) and a Sakura Pigment Medium Brush Pen (solid tip). The drawing is in a 9 x 12 inch Dylusions journal—which I cannot recommend for structural reasons specific to how I work. I'm sorry, but when I've worked in it […]

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Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen—Returning to Tools You’ve Used Before

Left: First sketch using the Platinum Carbon Pen, after a long absence. I was sketching from an old photograph. This is my Shinola Sketchbook test book. Montana Marker background. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes a tool doesn't work the way we would like. It might not feel right in your hand, […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned About Aging

Above: A quick ink and watercolor sketch of Phyl as she colors in her adult botanical coloring book. (She likes one from Lisa Congdon—and frankly I think Lisa’s are the best as the images are NOT psychedelically rendered with minute spaces too small for elderly eyes to color in. Besides having nicely sized shapes they […]

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Using a Fresh Eye On Richard

Above: Before on the left and After on the right. Carpenter's pencil and Schmincke pan watercolor sketch of Dick at his computer desk, on Richeson Recycled watercolor paper (which has a grey tinge). Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes as we work we get STUCK in our view of something. Regardless of how […]

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