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Project Friday: A Bit More on Brush Pens

To wrap up Brush Pen week I was going to go on an on about the brush pen some more, but I realized that in 2015 I wrote a post that includes a video on brush pens from Jet Pens as well as a bunch of links to various brush pen posts in my blog. […]

12 x 16 inch quick sketch with the Pentel Brush Pen with pigmented ink (squeezy barrel) and watercolors.  This is on Nostalgie paper from Hahnemühle.

Thoughts on The Issues Involved in Using Brush Pens

If you’ve never used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PPBP) before getting it going might be a little confusing at first. You need to unscrew the top from the barrel and insert the Pentel ink cartridge. There is a little cylindrical opening at one end of the cartridge. That’s the top. You need to push […]

This portrait was also made using the water-soluble color brush. I love the way you can pull shading out of the line. Sometimes I stroke the tip of the brush pen with my water brush and pick up diluted ink so that I can apply shading without a line on the paper.

My Love Affair with the Pentel Brush Pen

I love the brush pen so much that I write about it almost constantly. Every so often I make a concerted effort to get people to try it. That’s what this week is about. My blog posts are all brush-pen related. I’d like to begin by mentioning that I didn’t always like the brush pen. […]

The initial Tombow Brush Pen Sketch. Tombow Brush Pens are water-soluble and the ink is fugitive, but with a little bit of wet media on top you can dissolve the lines and keep what you want.

Sketching with a Water-Soluble Pen and Watercolors

Sometimes I like my sketch lines to be a little less strident than a black brush pen or black ink pen. It’s also fun to sketch with water-soluble markers which can dissolve into the wet media washes you add later. In the sketch posted today I began with a quick Tombow brush pen sketch in […]

On a recent trip to the dentist I used my time in the waiting room to sketch a couple people. I was just warming up when I found myself alone, but then I was called too. I really like the top right sketch. I was able to get just the essential details to capture her face.

Waiting at the Dentist’s

I think it’s easy to always have a small pocket sketchbook with you so that you can make quick sketches of the people around you. When you’re somewhere it’s going to be impossible to get finished sketched (because either you or the model is going to leave quickly) find something you can focus on.  I […]

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In Context: Warm-Ups Matter

The rest of this month and through the first weeks of August I’ll be working with bookbinding students so I’ve got some short “summer reading” posts coming up. Later I’ll have some product reviews, tips posts, and of course some Minnesota State Fair Prep! SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Here is an earlier version of this sketch before I got the gouache out.

A Little Bit of Piecemeal Evolution: Dog Portrait

The other day I was working on a dog sketch from an image on Sktchy. I ran off the page with my green brush pen sketch and of course turned it into a “Piecemeal Style” painting, complete with washi tape and of course finished off with gouache. I didn’t think about taking photos at each […]

Stacks of Zerkall Nideggen awaiting binding into visual journals.

Registration Closes Soon For Simple Round Back Spine

  Saturday, July 15 is the final day to register for The Simple Round Back Spine online class that starts the same day. (You can read more about this class at that link.) It’s a detailed class in which I show you how to make an elegant hardcover book with cloth-covered boards and a rounded […]

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In Context—Direct Brush Sketch and A Brief Review of “Taboo.”

  I know last week when I started the new series “In-Context” I wrote that I wouldn’t be writing a blog post with the images—but today’s entry really required a bit more “context.” In January I started watching “Taboo” staring Tom Hardy. Readers of my blog already know I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan and […]

Tearing Down Paper for Book Binding—Stacks of Gutenberg

Last year I got the news from Wet Paint that Hahnemühle was discontinuing Gutenberg. It’s one of my favorite papers for binding into art journals. It comes in 3 weights that all take wet media, all work great with gouache, and the thickest weight is also a great support for collage. I happen to love […]

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