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Beard Drawing Withdrawal

Above: Pentel fine-tipped pigment ink brush pen on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper; background pre-painted with acrylics, rubberstamp ink, and washi tape. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Two weeks ago I went into serious beard drawing withdrawal. Things have been crazy here. I've had weird computer problems and several long visits […]

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Pass the Journal—Strathmore’s Traveling Journals

Above: If you click on the "Pass the Journal Project" link in the first sentence of this post you'll go to a page with the 12 journals listed. If you then click on "PULP" you'll see a map. If you click on the little flag in Minneapolis that I have pointed to with an arrow, […]

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The Quest for Odd Hairdos and Interesting Ears Continues…

Left: Pentel Brush Pen sketch (squeezy brush pen with pigment ink) on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I haven't had much time to draw in the past couple of weeks and I'm getting a little stir crazy. So when my pen took on a little bit […]

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A Cold Is Interrupting My Regularly Scheduled Activities…

Above: Sketch made while watching TV. Pentel Pocket Brush pen and Daniel Smith Watercolors and Montana Markers in a 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media softbound journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Left: Sketch of Chris March made the same evening, in the same book. Click on the enlargement […]

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Seeking a Likeness: More Sketches of Richard

Left: A 9 x 12 inch page in a Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media Journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Montana Markers. If you hold your hand over the forehead this one actually looks like Dick! Click on the image to view an enlargement. I have continued to sketch Dick through the fall and into […]

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Wrapping Up The Week With Richard

Left: 9 x 12 inch portrait of Dick in a wirebound Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. Sketched with a Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pen (Magenta) and then painted over with layers of acrylic Montana Markers (15 and 30 MM tips; but a fine tip on the white leaky Sharpie Poster Paint pen I used in […]

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Richard Is A Very Patient Model

Left: An unflattering portrait of Dick as he reclined on the couch wearing his cold-weather hat. The hat has flaps at the ear with long braided tassles on the end of the flaps, and the visible one here is folded back, but the sketch doesn't show that clearly. This was made in a WIRE bound […]

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Update on the October MCBA Visual Journal Collective Meeting

Above: My "sketchnotes" from the October meeting. A spread in a 5 x 7 inch handmade book—made with Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. At the October meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective we watched the "Sketchnotes" DVD by Mike Rhode. (My review of the book […]

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Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers

Left: Quick monochromatic sketch from TV using a Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker. 8.5 x 11 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper. The gray tone at the eye is a contaminated brush. I didn't properly clean my Niji before starting. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I have mixed feelings about the […]

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Why Warm Up When Drawing?

Pretty much every time I give a talk and show my work, or teach a class and explain my process, or even just share work with other sketchers I am asked: WHY WARM UP WHEN DRAWING? There are a lot of roots to this question, roots as individual as the person asking. One root, judging […]

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