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Tip: Add Some Gesso for Texture

Today is a new feature I’m working on—quick tips you can use to shake up your journal practice, or even devote weeks and weeks to developing into a new style. It depends on your taste and your interest. These will probably all be relatively simple. I encourage you to try them, and then set the […]

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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 […]

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Protected: Change Up Your Tools to Discover New Mark Making Possibilities

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Protected: Eyebrow Update: Another Gouache Painting in the Nostalgie Sketchbook

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Quick Gouache Portrait on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. I started with raw sienna brush lines and just kept painting. It was way past the time to put out fresh white as I was using up paint, but it was too fun to stop and put the filbert down. (Mixing […]

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Protected: Project Friday: Just Get Something Down on Paper

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A Look at the Kilimanjaro Sketchbook from Cheap Joe’s

Readers of the blog will know that I did not take a Kilimanjaro Journal to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. I finished using my tester journal at the end of 2015 and will repeat what I said in that initial post on the sketchbook—if you like cold press watercolor paper the Kilimanjaro paper is delightful. […]

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Shading and Values with the Dry Brush Pen

Left: 9 x 12 inch sketch of Dick as he sat at his computer desk and looked over at me. Pentel Brush Pen with pigment ink and squeezy barrel. Flex Book paper. Today's post is for my current "Drawing Practice" students. We've been discussing whether it's possible to get some shading done with the Pentel Brush […]

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Fluid Hot Press Watercolor Paper

Left: Quick sketch made using a brush pen and left over gouache. Even better, scroll down into the post and click on the detail image. I’ve written about Fluid Watercolor paper before. You can get it in Easy-blocks, and in wire bound journals. It’s acid free and 140 lb. Since they introduced their new 100 […]

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Beard Drawing Withdrawal

Above: Pentel fine-tipped pigment ink brush pen on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper; background pre-painted with acrylics, rubberstamp ink, and washi tape. Two weeks ago I went into serious beard drawing withdrawal. Things have been crazy here. I've had weird computer problems and several long visits from the computer tech. He's great, but he […]

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