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Book Review: Art Before Breakfast

Above: A spread from one of Danny Gregory's visual journals—this one contained grey paper. It's included here as an example of the quirky and delightful sketches you'll see in his new book "Art Before Breakfast." In the post below you'll find a link to a trailer announcing the book. It gives you a flip through […]

Marc Taro Holmes’ “The Urban Sketcher—Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location”

It's lunch time and but instead of taking my break I'm writing to you about this new book by Marc Taro Holmes—The Urban Sketcher:Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location. (He recommends buying the book from Amazon for the best price, in his blog post about the book publication.You can see the book cover in […]


Relish: Lucy Knisley’s Visual Memoir Tells the Story of Her Life through Food

In December 2009 I found a graphic travel memoir by Lucy Knisley, "French Milk." I loved it as you can see if you read that post. Using a brush pen to sketch the moments of her trip to France with her mother, Knisley created a visually engaging and emotionally interesting mother-daughter memoir. I still recommend […]


“Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor” by Mary Whyte

Left: Cover of Mary Whyte's "Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor." Image ©Mary Whyte. I think I must have first seen some of Mary Whyte's lovely watercolor portraits in magazines. I don't know how I missed seeing that she'd published "Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor" in 2011. But a couple years ago I did […]


“The Drawing Club”—Not Just Another Book On Drawing

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The Ghost Army—Sketching in Extreme Situations

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Elder Care: The Hardest Job I Have Ever Had—And a Book Recommendation

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2014 Summer Reading Suggestions from the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

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Painting Nature in Watercolor with Cathy Johnson—Book Review

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Taking a Look at the Leuchtturm 1917 SKETCHBOOK

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