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Get Something Down on Paper, Even if You Think You’re Too Close to Your Subject

This post was originally published on January 30, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A page spread from my 8 x 9.25 inch Shinola Sketchbook. It has 112 pages of 100 lb. (148 gsm) acid free paper. I purchased it for $28 at Wet Paint in St. Paul. I’ve written about these whenever I post from it, […]

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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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Learning a New Face

Above: Water-soluble ink brush pen and light layers of gouache in a Shinola Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. For the past several months, off and on. I've been drawing a friend who has been kind enough to mug for the camera—all those faces that pass in an instant that I wanted to […]

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Why Add Fragrances to Rubber Stamp Ink? (Roz Vents)

Above: Ink and gouache sketch, with Memento Rubber Stamp ink details (box bits and stencil). Oh, and Washi tape. It's all on a page in the Shinola Sketchbook that I worked in earlier this year. Click on the image to view an enlargement. It's true, almost all year I've been in such a mood over […]

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The Shinola Sketchbook: A Review

Above: Dick sitting on a couch in the TV room. Stabilo All used dry. (I really fixated on those pens in his pocket.) The paper has a nice tooth for use with this and other dry media. Click on the image to view an enlargement.) In April of this year I started working in a Shinola […]

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Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen—Returning to Tools You’ve Used Before

Left: First sketch using the Platinum Carbon Pen, after a long absence. I was sketching from an old photograph. This is my Shinola Sketchbook test book. Montana Marker background. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes a tool doesn't work the way we would like. It might not feel right in your hand, […]

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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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Getting Something Down On Paper (And Another Eyebrow Update)

Left: Quick Platinum Carbon Felt-Tipped Brush Pen Sketch of Dick in the TV Room, using up leftover gouache—I really needed to put out more blue to keep my mixes consistent, but I wanted to keep going. Shinola Sketchbook 8 x 9.5 inches turned vertically so the spread becomes 16 inches tall. I'm playing with scale […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota […]

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Testing a New Commercially Bound Journal While Out With the Folks

Above: Busy day with the folks. There are sketches and notes on the page from the visit to CR's eye doctor, but later in the day I sat and colored with Phyl—well she colored in her coloring book and I sketched. For some reason I started on the same spread, but that meant the coffee machine […]

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