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Commercially Made Journals—Hand•Book Journals: An Updated Review (Part 2)

  Above: My first page spread in my 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. This past fall I used one of the 8.25 x 10.5 journals from Hand•Book. I hadn't used one in several years. I've always loved the fabric covered boards they use. When I saw they had introduced this new larger size I […]


Commercially Made Journals—Hand•Book Journals: An Updated Review (Part 1)

Above: Sketch with a Pentel Brush pen, fine point with pigment ink, and another Pentel Brush pen filled with dye-based, watersoluble ink. 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Quite some time ago I wrote a review on Hand•Book Journals—their regular drawing journals are the focus of today's post, not their watercolor paper journals.  In November […]


Subscribing to Roz Wound Up—A Test

Above: A gouache sketch from my 11 x 14 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Hardcover journal. Sorry for the less than sharp image. It's incredibly difficult to scan this journal because it's so large and I have to piece the scans together. I wanted to show you this sketch because it was loose and […]


A Chat with Richard

Above: Quick sketch made from life as Dick entered a room. It's from last year and was part of the series of sketches I made of him throughout November and December. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen with a little bit of watercolor and some orange Montana Marker for background, in a 7.75 x 9.75 Strathmore 500 […]


Friday Night Triple Feature: Newspaper Reporters

Above: Today's image has nothing today with today's post, I just like to start with an image. I should have watched a Jimmy Stewart movie and drawn a sketch of him. I never have sketched him. I did once, towards the end of his life, end up standing about 30 feet away from him. He […]

Great Moments in Court Room Sketching

"Gentleman of the jury"—Judge Maddox turned to the twelve men—"you will be conducted to this house [where the murder was committed]." With that, he sent them to fetch their hats and overcoats. Captain Methven and the rest of their police escort cut a path through the crowd as the jurors filed out into the cold […]


Friday Double Feature: Voice-Overs

Above: Today's image has absolutely nothing to do with the movies discussed below. I just like to have images at the start of my posts, and this was some fun I had with the brush pen one night doing quick memory sketches as I watched TV (i.e., I let the TV continue running and try […]


The Seventh Annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party Is Monday, January 19, 2014

Left: Brush pen sketch of Rimbaud. Just because Rimbaud won't be there is no reason you shouldn't attend the Seventh Annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party. Not only will attendees partner up to sketch each other, but the resultant paired portraits will be pasted up to print across the spread from each other in […]


Week of Fabulous Hair: Hair as Character

Above: A sketch of Sarah Crowden's hair supports her character as an aging musician. In a 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and 15mm Montana Acrylic Marker. In the movie "Quartet" actress Sarah Crowden has gray hair pushing out orange while she plays an aging musician at a retirement home. The […]


Week of Fabulous Hair: Hair as Implacable Force

Above: A sketch of Sinead Cusack sporting great, broad wings of hair, in 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Montana Acrylic Marker. How could Sinead Cusack not attract my attention. Here in a sketch from my test journal of a Hand•Book Journal (which I'll post a full review on in […]

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