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Same Pen—Different Papers

Throughout the spring this year I was testing watercolor papers. I made signatures of the watercolor papers I was testing and then used the same materials in each of the booklets. This is a quick and easy way to compare papers because you only have 16 pages until you can move on to the next […]

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When Do You Stop? When Is A Drawing Finished

I think the number one question I get from students is: “When do I know my drawing is finished?” Most people aren’t going to like the answer. You’ll know after you’ve taken a ton of sketches past the point of no return. Here’s the thing, you’re asking a question that involves choices both stylistic choices […]

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Carl Has Come Home

Confused about Carl Too (see Friday) and Carl? Carl was my first Giganotosaurus model. He’s a Schleich, but he’s really large. I’ve never seen another one of their models be this large. He’s the only one I’ve seen in person. The last at the hobby store and then there were none. But I’ve enjoyed sketching […]

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Waiting at the Dentist’s

I think it’s easy to always have a small pocket sketchbook with you so that you can make quick sketches of the people around you. When you’re somewhere it’s going to be impossible to get finished sketched (because either you or the model is going to leave quickly) find something you can focus on.  I […]

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In Context: Warm-Ups Matter

The rest of this month and through the first weeks of August I’ll be working with bookbinding students so I’ve got some short “summer reading” posts coming up. Later I’ll have some product reviews, tips posts, and of course some Minnesota State Fair Prep! SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

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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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Review of the Dylusions Creative Journal

If the above video doesn’t play, please click on the YouTube link to view it. Today I am reviewing the Dylusions Creative Journal from Ranger Ink. You can find it in many locations via a Google search. There are a variety of sizes for this journal. (I have the 9 x 12 inch journal. There […]

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Why I Love Snow Piles

I love snow piles because their changing shapes and volumes are fun to sketch. They are also, even in the dead of winter, a reminder that spring is coming. This winter I wasn’t able to sketch as many snow piles as usual, but as spring came on and the odd 70 degree day (followed by below freezing […]

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More Life Drawing in the Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook

Phyllis sitting at her desk, but holding her coloring book in her lap, and coloring with her Tombow dual tipped markers. (She gives those markers a two-thumbs up for was of coloring and quick application of color.) Staedtler Pigment Liner and washes of Pentel ColorBrush Black ink. I didn’t remember to include the above image […]

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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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