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Working in a Series: Tootsie Pop Portraits

Above: Brush pen, Daniel Smith watercolor (on the Tootsie Pop) and Schmincke Horadam gouache background. In the Seawhite of Brighton square sketchbook I was using earlier this year. Sides masked with Nichiban Artist's tape. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I love Tootsie Pops. For years I couldn't get them because we lived […]

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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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Was He Tired Or Was I? (Eyebrow Update)

Above: Quick sketch of Dick in the TV room. I used a non-photo blue pencil in the Seawhite Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I'm still scanning away stuff from the Fair. And I've had to be away from the studio for a while, so just a quick post today. Dick looks […]

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Another Test in the Seawhite Sketchbook—and Eyebrow Update

Above: Pentel Sepia Brush Pen (dye-based inks, fugitive, water-soluble) in a Seawhite Sketchbook. Quick sketch of Dick in the TV room before bedtime. I'm trying out yet another approach on those Eyebrows! Click on the image to view an enlargement. NOTE: The title of this post was in error. I've changed it but not the permalink. […]

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Dick Is Not An Elf

Above: Quick pen and watercolor sketch in the Moleskine (new paper) I was testing. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Read below for more details. The test Moleskine that I finished in a couple weeks in May is sitting on the table waiting to be indexed (a 10 minute operation I just haven’t […]

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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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The Eyebrow Update

Above: Click on the image to view an enlargement (and read the text), and read below if you want to know more about the sketch. Today’s post is for all the friends and fans of Dick who, like me, are wondering just when his eyebrows might make their play to take over the world. This […]

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A Show Worthy of Bingeing On: River

Left: Sketch of Stellan Skarsgård as D.I. River in his pinched and stylish suit, contemplating life. Permanent pigment ink and watersoluble dye-based ink on Nideggen in a 7.5 inch square handmade journal turned on end vertically. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  Brother of my friend: Have you seen “Man in the High […]

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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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