Currently Browsing: June 2016 14 articles

Paris, Je t’aime—A New Sketchbook Facsimile from Lapin

If you’ve viewed the art on UrbanSketchers.org chances are you will have seen the lovely sketches of Lapin. He works in ledger books so column lines in red and blue printed ink show through the delicate colors of his ink and watercolor sketches. Periodically he has compiled these into journal facsimiles so that the reader […]

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Landscape Inspirations

Above: A page spread from my Shinola Sketchbook in which I use gouache to play with new colors and the inspiration of John Harris' work.   I’ve been experimenting  with different colors selections based on inspiration from the work on John Harris, a science fiction illustrator who makes stunning land- and cityscapes. (I took a […]

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Testing, Testing, Testing: Ending the Week with another Portrait

  Above: Graphite and watercolor sketch of a friend in a test journal—Seawhite of Brighton, approx. 8 inches square. During times of stress I tend to come up with personal projects that “rivet” my attention. Formalizing International Fake Journal Month to always fall in April in 2000 is one such example. Currently I’ve found that […]

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Getting Something Down On Paper (And Another Eyebrow Update)

Left: Quick Platinum Carbon Felt-Tipped Brush Pen Sketch of Dick in the TV Room, using up leftover gouache—I really needed to put out more blue to keep my mixes consistent, but I wanted to keep going. Shinola Sketchbook 8 x 9.5 inches turned vertically so the spread becomes 16 inches tall. I'm playing with scale […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts the MCBA Visual Journal […]

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A Peek at the Shinola Sketchbook

Above: Sketch of fashion designer Chris March using the Pentel Brush Pen (soft body) with pigment ink in a Shinola Sketchbook. Today's post is just a peek at the Shinola Sketchbook. (Yes, I bought mine at Wet Paint in St. Paul.) Originally I saw a NOTEBOOK from Shinola and thought that it would work for […]

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Protected: Get Ready for the 8th Great Minnesota State Fair Sketchout—2016

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Protected: A Happy Lunch with the Honeywell Engineers

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Cynicism, Hope, and Painting’s Life Lessons

Above: Sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room next to a bright light. Read below for details. Friday was movie night and we watched “Welcome to Happiness.” It’s a quirky film that doesn’t have super heroes, mutants, or trips into galaxies far, far away. I enjoyed almost every moment, though more than once I […]

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A Quick Sketch To Work On Simplifying

Above: A quick pen and watercolor sketch in the Moleskine with new whiter paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement and read below for more details. Towards the end of the tester Moleskine that I was filling in May I experimented with the scale and size of things I sketched. I also did […]

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