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Protected: Why I Think Process Is Important

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Tools and Subject Matter—Over a Life of Sketching

Above: A 10 minute sketch using a carbon-black ink felt-tipped brush pen sketch of Dick in the TV Room—focusing on Contours after a wearing day. Background: Montana marker. 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal page spread. (If you can't read the text, you can see a typed version at the end of this post.) […]

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Family Members Often Make the Best Models

  Above: Dark purple Prismacolor Pencil sketch in an 7.5 inch square handbound book containing Nideggen paper. You can clearly see the wavy laid texture in the background and clothing. I love this paper. This is CR, Dick's 94-year-old father, sitting quietly, posing for me. I had just given him a hair cut. It wasn't […]

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Birthday Epiphanies All Around

I think I'll let the journaling on the birthday selfie say it all. (You can click on the image to view an enlargement. And Yes, I drew in my tri-focal lines.)  This sketch is on an 11 x 15 inch sheet of Wave paper which is cheap drawing paper that's almost as absorbent as Kleenex®. […]

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Coincidence: And Another Selfie

I’ve been swamped the last few days but here’s a selfie I did on January 1, 2016. After I returned from the zoo, I just wanted to do more sketching in that lovely journal with the now defunct printmaking paper. Dick was too ill to pose for me. (I never caught his cold I’m happy […]

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Teaching Drawing: Why Demonstrate Different Media?

Above: Sakura Pigma BB (Bold Brush) Pen sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room, with purple washes of watercolor. (Orange is a Montana Marker—I didn’t put it together properly after refilling it, so it leaked.) In a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. The Sakura Pigma BB is a felt-tipped brush pen, so […]

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Grief and Reading

Above: My view of the bedroom as I sit in bed and look towards the closet. Page spread from my 7.5 inch square Nideggen journal, cropped on the right for privacy. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen. (I started with a Staedtler Pigment Liner but it was drying out and no fun, so I grabbed the other […]

The Eighth MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Portrait Party: Monday, January 18

It’s that time of year again—Monday, January 18 is the eighth annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Portrait Party. Join us from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m for great fun, sketching, and bookmaking. (Note our earlier starting time for this special event.) In two and a half hours we will not only make the content for our […]

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The Eyebrow Update

Above: Click on the image to view an enlargement (and read the text), and read below if you want to know more about the sketch. Today’s post is for all the friends and fans of Dick who, like me, are wondering just when his eyebrows might make their play to take over the world. This […]

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Fabriano Venezia Journals SPINE PROBLEMS: Product Review Update

Above: Quick TV sketch (moving subjects) of a chef on Top Chef. 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal; fiber-tipped pilot brush pen (dull black ink) and light washes of gouache with a 3-inch wide brush. I can no longer recommend Fabriano Venezia Journals. Update 12.5.17: I have another reason to not recommend these. In the one I […]

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