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Contrasty and a New Japanese Gridded Journal

Above: Sketch of Dick using a dye-based Pentel Brush Pen, on lightweight gridded paper in a Japanese notebook that's about 9 x 11.5 inches. I often find that the media and approaches I use to sketch Dick in the evening reflect what I've been talking to my students about. Hence the high contrast image with just […]

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Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Above: Some pre-lunch sketching with a serendipitous quotation from "Rear Window." There is a tab between these two pages, created when the book was bound and I have digitally erased the tab where it covers part of the right hand page image and text. 8 x 8 inch hand bound book using a now defunct […]

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Sometimes It’s Time To Stop Painting

Left: Selfie made while looking in the bathroom mirror.8 inch square journal on its side vertically. (Defunct printmaking paper.) PPBP and some gouache. Sometimes you start painting and you like the colors and even the direction, but you know it's time to stop.

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Mumbling and the Drawing Life

Above: Contour drawing of Dick as he sat in the TV room. 9 x 12 inch Flex Book sketchbook that I'll review next week. Montana Marker in the background. This is another post for my current "Drawing Practice" students, to show I don't just boss them around, but also Dick, who poses for me all […]

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Shading and Values with the Dry Brush Pen

Left: 9 x 12 inch sketch of Dick as he sat at his computer desk and looked over at me. Pentel Brush Pen with pigment ink and squeezy barrel. Flex Book paper. Today's post is for my current "Drawing Practice" students. We've been discussing whether it's possible to get some shading done with the Pentel Brush […]

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Kuretake Brush Pen PK3-10S

Above: Another late night selfie in the Flex Book Sketch (I haven't finished the review, but hope to next week). I was testing the marks I could get with the Kuretake PK3-10S brush Pen. Click on the image to view the enlargement and read my notes about the pen. I wasn't particularly happy with the […]

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A January Selfie

Left: I ended up doing a bunch of large (12 x 16.5 inches) self portraits with brush pen in January. Usually long after I really should have been in bed. Dick thinks I look too tired, but he'd already gone to bed so he doesn't actually know does he? Wave paper from Kunst and Papier, and […]

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Playing Around with Dry-Brush Effects

Above: Sketch made from the TV, watching a "Top Chef." This is one of the competitors. Pentel pigment ink squeezable brush pen. In a Flex Book sketchbook, which I'll review next week. Choices about ink delivery can be important to the over all look of your sketch. And while this sketch has a definite messy […]

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Getting Messy on the Page

Above: A quick (less than 5 minute) sketch of Dick (he was ready to go to bed and tired), with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen in the Flex Book journal I'll review soon. (I wanted to take it to life-drawing co-op before I wrote my review.) Read below for more details. My free sketching time […]

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Review of the Flex Book Carnet Vierge, Blank Notebook

Above: "Jerry" on "Hawaii Five-0." Sketched with a Pentel pigment brush pen in the Carnet Vierge. On the recto page you can see how wet media on the next page spread caused the paper to buckle. There is the opacity issue, but mostly this paper just doesn't like wet media, as you'll see if you […]

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