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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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Relaxing and Sketching My Favorite TV Dog

Above: A Pentel Brush Pen of Swatch on Project Runway. Background texture—metallic stamp ink and stenciling. 8.25 x 11.75 inch Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement—and look closely at the top eye, you can see Swatch looking. After avoiding Dick's cold germs for about 10 days they caught up with […]

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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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Sketching with Twin Cities Urban Sketchers in October 2016

Above: Working in my 8 x 8 inch Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook I sketched the top of one of the old Brewery buildings in Indanthrone blue watercolor pencil (Faber-Castell) which I left dry. I blocked out the sky with a light blue 15 mm Montana Marker. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Last […]

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Changing Your Point of View

Left: Brush pen and acrylic marker sketch in a Shinola Sketchbook. See below for additional details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I think it’s important when working in a series to change your point of view frequently. On this day I tried to get a handle on my friend’s features from a […]

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Making a Mess and Enjoying Every Moment

Left: 6 x 9 inch Canson watercolor board, with quick pen sketch—Platinum Carbon Black Ink Solid Brush Tipped Pen (worn down). There are some brush cleaning marks on this board, made by cleaning my white pen in the negative space, after I had infected it with color doing the next sketch shown below. Click on […]

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A Different Angle on Myself

Today a selfie of a different sort. I was putting my shoes on and waiting for Dick to drive me to my massage therapy appointment and I was sitting on a “kids’ stool” left from Dick’s grandma, that sits in the kitchen. I thought it would be fun to sketch my feet. (In the 1990s […]

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Likeness vs. Caricature: Is It Ever Really Clear Cut?

Above: Two gouache portraits in my 7 1/2 inch square journal that I made with Nideggen. You can see some of the toned paper coming through in the face on the left. None of the paper is showing on the right. The drawings were done independently of each other and even though they are on […]

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Sketching in Public: Looking for Negative Space

Above: Quick sketch in my current journal. Read more about it below. Click on the image to view an enlargement. You can see the most amazing things when you’re out and about. When I go to a local diner (Cecil’s—French Toast Turkey Club…just saying), I typically sit and sketch until the meal arrives. There’s a […]

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