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Commit to a Line or Correction

A couple days ago I wrote about accepting wonky lines. Here’s a sketch I haven’t posted, but just came across in organizing my files. Sometimes I have so much fun with the ears I don’t reach quite high enough for the head—but I commit to the correction and just start adding the hair, or in […]

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Warm Up Sketches Can Sometimes Be the Best of the Day

I think that the warm up sketches you make can often be the best of the day. You haven’t settled into the need to complete a task yet. You haven’t tightened out of play yet. And you haven’t had your vitamins yet—a healthy does of stubble (this time on the head instead of the chin). […]

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Different Drawing Approaches for the Same Subject

Just this week I was asked by nine people how I start my drawings. I use different approaches to start my drawings depending on what pen I’m using, the paper size, and even just how I feel my eyes are doing on any given day. For a more detailed response I explain that I have […]

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As Few Strokes as Possible…

Pick up a brush pen. Get something down on the page in as few strokes as possible. Make each stroke count and enjoy the movement of the pen across the page. Repeat throughout the day as necessary. (Once an hour is great.) Have a fantastic weekend.

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The Puzzle of Starbuck

Update: If you would like to see me sketch and paint this portrait it’s an extra August 2021 demo posted August 15, on my Patreon site—available to Tier 2 and Tier 3 subscribers.   Look, I’ve read Melville’s “Moby Dick” three times in  my life—I’m not about to read it again. But that doesn’t mean […]

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Testing Langton-Prestige Watercolor Paper

  I have just started testing Daler-Rowney’s Langton-Prestige Cold Press Watercolor paper. In the above video you can see my first experiments with it and my first thoughts. If the video doesn’t play you can view it on Vimeo at this link. Normally in my demonstration videos I include any photo reference or still life […]

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More Episodes of WILTY

I’ve been having serious withdrawl symptoms with no new episodes of “Would I Lie To You.” Then a couple weeks ago I saw it jumped to the front of my queue—more episodes. I’ve sped through them, unable to h help myself, and now of course want more episodes of “WILTY” all over again. But I […]

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Giving Yourself Feedback

Recently on the blog I wrote about how it’s important to ask yourself questions in your journal. It’s also important to give yourself feedback in your journal. I find it useful when I’m making portrait studies to write short notes to myself about the angles that need correction, proportions, colors used and so on. I […]

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I’m So Predictable in Subject Selection…

  I’ve been downsizing and that means things are going into storage. Sometimes I take a moment a peek in the journals as I box them up. Here’s a page from two years ago (2019).  It had been 5 months since I’d been out of the house—this was pre-Covid—I had just had my cataract surgeries […]

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Using Your Journal to Ask Questions

A journal is for asking questions. You can ask visually, and you can also ask written questions. To me, often the most interesting thing about my journal pages is not what I drew on the page or what I noticed as I went through my day and captured visually, but the questions and thoughts I […]

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