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Not Looking Like Myself

Left: A Magenta Watercolor Brush Pen (Bienfang/Speedball) sketch made while I was looking in the mirror. Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media hardbound journal, approx 8.5 x 11 inches. While I'm on the subject of portraits not looking like their subject this week I thought I'd post this self-portrait I did the other day. I'd had […]


Sketching Richard Again

Left: Another black ink brush pen sketch of Dick, with Schmincke Pan Watercolor washes added with a flat Niji waterbrush. Montana Acrylic marker for background. On a 9 x 12 inch page in my Fabriano Venezia in-studo journal. Click on the image to view an enlargment. R: What do you think? D: It looks like […]


Sketching People: Richard as Life Model

Left: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Golden QoR watercolor in a handbound (5 x 7 inch) journal made of Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Paper; journal turned vertically so spine is parallel to the floor. I have said this before numerous times and written about it numerous times—I have a heck of a time sketching […]


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. I have mixed feelings about the new Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers.  First let […]


Sketching in the Cemetery

Left: Tomb monument in Lakewood Cemetery. A 7 x 5 inch handbound journal with Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper turned vertically. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolors, with strokes of orange from a Montana Acrylic Marker with a 30 mm nib. Cutting your little finger on your drawing hand moments before you […]


Monochromatic Studies

Left: A monochromatic study using Burnt Sienna, Indanthrene Blue, and Titanium Schmincke Horadam Gouache. Working from an "antique" school photo. Study is about 2 x 4 inches on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper (hardbound book from Strathmore). The whole 8.5 x 11 or so inch page is shown here. While I've been doing a […]

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 […]


One More Loose Sketch: Grabbing the Impulse To Sketch

Left: Another A3 sheet of the Fabriano ecological drawing paper. Pentel Brush Pen with Golden QOR watercolors (Burnt Sienna and Indanthrene Blue) with Montana Marker for background. An 8-minute sketch made while watching the new NCIS with Scott Bakula. (I won't be cutting this piece up for collage as I discuss below. I like it […]


Grabbing What’s at Hand When Sketching and Pushing a Drawing To See Where it Might Lead You

Left: Pentel brush pen and purple Zig marker on an 8.5 x 11 inch (approx.) sheet of Wave drawing paper. I have been clearing out some files and thought I'd put up three sketches made in the past few months, from June to the present, showing the fun I've been having with the various Pentel […]


A Fabriano Drawing Paper That’s Fun For Experiments

Left: A3 sized (11.7 x 16.5 inches) Fabriano ecological drawing paper (comes in pads) that I've been using for larger sketches. Pentel brush pen (either the PPBP or the colorbrush one with pigmented ink and a fine tipped brush—didn't note it down). An underlayer of Golden QOR watercolor (Burnt Sienna and Indanthrene blue) and then […]

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