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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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Wil Freeborn’s New Watercolor Painting Book

I just purchased a copy of artist Wil Freeborn’s new book Learning to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings: Pick Up the Skils, Put on the Paint, Hang Up Your Art. (Quarry, ISBN 978-1-63159-277-5) (The link is to Amazon for convenience, but I’m not affiliated, but it where you can.) I read half of the […]

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Artist’s Sketchbook—A New Book on Sketching from Cathy Johnson

Left: Cover of the Artist's Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. The publication of a new painting or sketching book from Cathy Johnson is always an happy and exciting event for me. Johnson is one of my art heroes. Like many other artists I was first aware of her work through her how-to-articles […]

Paris, Je t’aime—A New Sketchbook Facsimile from Lapin

If you’ve viewed the art on UrbanSketchers.org chances are you will have seen the lovely sketches of Lapin. He works in ledger books so column lines in red and blue printed ink show through the delicate colors of his ink and watercolor sketches. Periodically he has compiled these into journal facsimiles so that the reader […]

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Landscape Inspirations

Above: A page spread from my Shinola Sketchbook in which I use gouache to play with new colors and the inspiration of John Harris' work. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  I’ve been experimenting  with different colors selections based on inspiration from the work on John Harris, a science fiction illustrator who makes […]

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Grief and Reading

Above: My view of the bedroom as I sit in bed and look towards the closet. Page spread from my 7.5 inch square Nideggen journal, cropped on the right for privacy. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen. (I started with a Staedtler Pigment Liner but it was drying out and no fun, so I grabbed the other […]

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Overcoming Resistance in Your Creative Life

Above: Selfie made looking in the bathroom mirror, sketching with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, on Nideggen (in a handmade journal that's about 7 1/2 inches square). (Text obscured for privacy.) Vertigo or not, I'm going to sketch every day. It keeps me tuned up for those days when I can really pull out all […]

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Proportions and Features: Eyeballing vs. Systems

Left: Selfie made while looking in the bathroom mirror. A 7 x 7 inch, approx. journal (turned on its side so I could have a vertical) I made with Niddegen. I used a fiber-tipped brush pen containing Platinum Carbon Black ink cartridges. I'm wearing my favorite T-shirt—a 25 year old Lake Street Shirt design, given […]

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Book Review: Art Before Breakfast

Above: A spread from one of Danny Gregory's visual journals—this one contained grey paper. It's included here as an example of the quirky and delightful sketches you'll see in his new book "Art Before Breakfast." In the post below you'll find a link to a trailer announcing the book. It gives you a flip through […]

Marc Taro Holmes’ “The Urban Sketcher—Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location”

It's lunch time and but instead of taking my break I'm writing to you about this new book by Marc Taro Holmes—The Urban Sketcher:Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location. (He recommends buying the book from Amazon for the best price, in his blog post about the book publication.You can see the book cover in […]

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