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Contour Drawings—Always Useful

Students in my current session of Drawing Practice have been posting contour drawings. Every group takes to it differently, some, like otters, rush along the side of the stream, darting in and out and sliding effortlessly with the current. Others stand back curious, but not committed. Like anything it takes practice. It’s why I call […]

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The Right Pen with the Right Paper?

I have spent years telling students that there is no perfect paper. There is no perfect pen. That’s still true! Why write today that there is a right pen with the right paper? Because sketching, if you’re going to do it all the time, should be, in fact needs to be, fun. And one of […]

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Did You Follow My Advice Over The Weekend?

  Did you follow my advice over the weekend? Did you sketch and then savor the bits that worked out? I couldn’t resist following up my post with a sketch that didn’t work (the likeness is off and the facial features are too elongated), but I love it. I also don’t mind that it’s on […]

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Enjoy the Little Bits

It’s important if you’re going to keep your drawing habit healthy that you take time to find something good in what you’ve done. Yes, you might not have captured someone’s likeness, or caught the proportions of a still life or landscape, but there is always something you can find and enjoy. And if you do […]

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In Context—Something to Think About

Stephen Colbert is always saying things that make sense to me, and calm me.

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What’s Coming Up on Roz’s Subscription Blog in February?

  In December 2019 I started a subscription blog on Patreon: Roz Interim. You can use that link to read about the different subscription levels.  In February I’ll be sketching, painting, and talking about the portrait you see in this post. There will be a bonus portrait sketch painting because my subscribers in January asked […]

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going

  I think one of the biggest mistakes an artist keeping a visual journal or sketchbook can make is to stop when he gets frustrated. That’s when you kick it up a notch, hunker down, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Keep searching for that line, or that likeness, whatever it maybe. If you give up too quickly […]

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I Test the Ultra-fine Tipped Pentel Artists Brush Sign Pen

  This ultra-fine brush tipped pen from Pentel—I don’t know what it’s called…The barrel reads: “Brush Sign Pen Artist.” It’s one of their Sign Pens in that it has dye-based, fugitive, water-soluble ink, but unlike their other “sign pen” it doesn’t have a solid fiber tip—it has an ultra thin, ultra fine, brush with individual […]

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Protected: I Launch a Patreon Site for Sketching and Painting Videos

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Protected: In Context: Some TV Viewing Post Eye Surgery

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