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In Context—Direct Brush Sketch and A Brief Review of “Taboo.”

  I know last week when I started the new series “In-Context” I wrote that I wouldn’t be writing a blog post with the images—but today’s entry really required a bit more “context.” In January I started watching “Taboo” staring Tom Hardy. Readers of my blog already know I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan and […]

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Change Up Your Tools to Discover New Mark Making Possibilities

Left: Direct brush portrait of Dick as he sat in the TV room with a light crossing him. (9 x 12 inch sheet of smooth yardstick). Read below for more details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Paintings of Dick often start with leftover paints. On this day I had some gouache leftover […]

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Eyebrow Update: Another Gouache Painting in the Nostalgie Sketchbook

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Dick sitting on the TV room couch. Direct brush painting (orange paint) then some areas of gouache added—using up paint and not getting white paint out. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Left: Detail from todays image. Click on the […]

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Quick Gouache Portrait on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. I started with raw sienna brush lines and just kept painting. It was way past the time to put out fresh white as I was using up paint, but it was too fun to stop and put the filbert down. (Mixing […]

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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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A Look at the Kilimanjaro Sketchbook from Cheap Joe’s

Readers of the blog will know that I did not take a Kilimanjaro Journal to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. I finished using my tester journal at the end of 2015 and will repeat what I said in that initial post on the sketchbook—if you like cold press watercolor paper the Kilimanjaro paper is delightful. […]

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Shading and Values with the Dry Brush Pen

Left: 9 x 12 inch sketch of Dick as he sat at his computer desk and looked over at me. Pentel Brush Pen with pigment ink and squeezy barrel. Flex Book paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Today's post is for my current "Drawing Practice" students. We've been discussing whether it's possible to […]

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Fluid Hot Press Watercolor Paper

Left: Quick sketch made using a brush pen and left over gouache. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Even better, scroll down into the post and click on the detail image. I’ve written about Fluid Watercolor paper before. You can get it in Easy-blocks, and in wire bound journals. It’s acid free and […]

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Beard Drawing Withdrawal

Above: Pentel fine-tipped pigment ink brush pen on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper; background pre-painted with acrylics, rubberstamp ink, and washi tape. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Two weeks ago I went into serious beard drawing withdrawal. Things have been crazy here. I've had weird computer problems and several long visits […]

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A Little Bit of Gouache on Fluid 100 Paper (140 lb. Cold Press)

Above: Gouache sketch on a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper (140 lb. Cold Press surface). 12 inches square. I started with some quick lines of paint as a "sketch" and went from there. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Nope, this isn't the review I promised for this paper. I haven't been […]

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