Currently Browsing: December 2014 11 articles


A Movie Marathon—Or What To Do When You Have the Flu—OR There’s Only So Much Chicken Soup You Can Eat

Above: Self-portrait made while standing in front of the bathroom mirror. I used a Pentel ColorBrush with black, dye-based, watersoluble, fugitive ink. It's in my 8 x 10 inch Hand•Book journal which I will have much more to say later because It's my last journal of the year and I've been testing it and the […]


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. Left: Sketch of Chris March made the same evening, in the same book. Click on the enlargement to view an enlargement. Colds are beyond annoying […]


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! I have continued to sketch Dick through the fall and into the winter, usually when he is watching TV. […]


Fun Stuff on TV and Streaming Some Movies

Left: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with Montana markers for color, and a white Sharpie Poster pen. In my 8.5 x 11 inch (approx.) Japanese lined journal. I've been having some entertaining times this fall watching TV and streaming movies. Since this is always the time of year I hole up in my house and […]


More Fun with the Squeezy Pens

Left: Actor Arthur Space, known for lots of roles, but who played the father in the National Velvet Television show (which ran continuous reruns in gymkhana crazy Melbourne, Australia). I caught him one night in an episode of "Perry Mason." Pentel Color Brush with black pigmented ink on an 8.5 x 11 inch (or so) […]


I Went a Little Crazy with the Squeezy Pens

Above: Quick sketch of clothing designer Wes Gordon, as seen on "The Fashion Fund." Sepia Pentel Colorbrush Pen (dye-based, non-archival, but deliciously watersoluble) on a spread in my 8.5 x 11 inch (approx.) Japanese lined notebook. Left: Detail from the above image. The paper in these notebooks is on the gray side. I diluted the […]


How I Label My Journal Scans

Left: Woman waiting at the Dentist's. 7.75 x 9.75 inch page in a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Soft-cover Journal. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen and Daniel Smith Watercolors. This image has nothing to do with today's topic, but I wanted to share it with you. She had on really cool earrings and really had a […]


Faces and Page Layout

Above: Page spread from a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. I created the grid with masking tape, sketched and painted the faces one evening while watching TV. I'd been too busy during the day to sketch anything and wanted to sketch before I went to bed. All were sketched with a Pentel Pocket […]

Holiday Shopping Ideas 2014

Left: A forest of cardinals from Karen Engelbretson, KJE Felties. What is more iconic in winter in Minnesota than that flash of red in the bare birch tree? Now you can have a bit of that flash inside as well when you adopt one of these felted cardinals. Karen makes each one by hand so […]


There’s Something Marvelous about the Noses on Character Actors

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch filled in with various Montana Acrylic Markers, in an 8.5 x 11 inch (approx.) Japanese Lined Journal (which yes I still need to make a video of and have promised forever!) I cut my right index finger which I use to scroll with the mouse, and of course to […]

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