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Even If It’s A Really Bad Day…Sketch

Left: Sketch in my small Rives Lightweight journal using a .6 Sakura Pigma Sensei Pen. I liked the thicker line for this quick work. Read more below, and click on the image to view an enlargement. I think the title of this post stands without explanation. Even if things are going poorly, it’s no excuse […]


Just Checking in on this Long Weekend—Keep Sketching

Left: Sketch of Dick while he was sitting on the couch. 9 x 12 inch sheet of Fluid (block) 140 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper which loves the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (but doesn't do well with washes), and Montana Marker for color. If you’re reading this in the US I hope you’re having a happy […]


Some Things Are Uncanny

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch of Dick lying in bed. (Some text obscured for privacy.) Handmade 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch square Nideggen journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement, and read more about it below. I haven’t been able to get out to the zoo lately to sketch. That means […]


Project Friday: DIY

Left: Both images today are in a 7 x 7 inch handbound journal containing Nideggen paper. They were made during the same evening while watching TV. (I didn't stop for the first sketch; I did freeze the action for the second.) I added Montana Acrylic Markers in pink and blue to the first sketch. (A […]


Sketching in Public: Looking for Negative Space

Above: Quick sketch in my current journal. Read more about it below. You can see the most amazing things when you’re out and about. When I go to a local diner (Cecil’s—French Toast Turkey Club…just saying), I typically sit and sketch until the meal arrives. There’s a great cross section of the population. Cecil’s is […]


Spending a Few Moments One Morning with Gulls in the Park

For details about the images posted in today's post, please read the post. While my first sketch (top left) is my favorite—that bird was just so friendly and adorable—I think it's fun to see me grappling with beak proportions as I moved on to other sketches. Click on any image to view an enlargement. A […]


Project Friday: Pushing, Because It’s Already “Broken”

Above: Sketch of Dick that I pushed and will describe below. It’s in a 7.5 x 7.5 inch hand bound book I made with Nideggen paper. (It has a love tan color and a wave laid pattern, as well as lovely flecks of fiber.)  I was working with my Platinum Carbon Black fiber-tipped pen, Schmincke […]


The Two Truths: With Apologies to H.F.

Above: I measured this little journal I've been using. It's 5 x 5 inches (the pages, with the boards a bit bigger). Sakura Sensei Pen. It has Rives Lightweight which is too lightweight for wet media (though I do push it sometimes) and it has an interesting reaction to ink—rest the pen for a moment […]


A Quick Look at the Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen

Left: Self portrait made at the bathroom mirror. My braids are tucked back behind my head because I was gluing (nothing like leaning forward and getting glue in your hair!). I’m testing the Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen in a handmade book that’s about 7.5 inches square—I made it with Nideggen paper. Before the Minnesota […]


A Lot of Attitude Going on There

Above: From a TINY journal I made with paper I was testing (Rives lightweight—too light for much of anything really, but it is fun to sketch on it in pen). I think the pages are about 4 inches square. (It’s across the room so I’m not going to go measure it right now. The notes […]

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