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Salt and Pepper Hair

More volume, varied textures. Check, check. But here we’ve got salt and pepper hair. Lots of white hairs, lots of streaks of black hair, some hair that seems in-between because it is, or because it is in shadow. How many different ways can you think to approach that? On this day I decided to let […]

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In Context—Hair Volume and a Note

Volume in hair is always such a glorious surprise. It can float right off the page. (This is a page spread from December 2018. I’m not sure why I didn’t have a date and time on this sketch—I usually write that information automatically on each sketch or page when completed. This book has been archived, […]

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The Beauty of Hair

Some people take enormous effort to create a statement with their hair. Their innovative hairstyles are a delight for anyone who sketches.  I feel odd writing about the beauty of hair when showing a sketch of a young man. I feel I must use the more “masculine” word “handsome,” but I think that’s some linguistic […]

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The Importance of Space

Is the hair in this sketch exaggerated?  It’s hard to say. This woman (a contestant on “Project Runway”) had mounds and mounds of curly hair. So much hair, in fact, often not tied back, that I wondered how she got any work done without it always getting in the way. But remember that thought comes […]

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The Final Lectures Series: Which Question

  Note: If you’re playing the home version game—today’s image on the blog’s landing page is a sketch of Dame Margaret Rutherford. It’s in the video. This is part two in my farewell to teaching series of posts. In today’s video (an excerpt from the mid-session webinar in my last Drawing Practice class), I address […]

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Papers Buckling When Using Wet Media

Awhile back a student wrote to me about her problem with buckling papers in her journal. Buckling happens when wet media is used on papers. The moisture soaks into the fibers that make up the paper. The fibers swell, the buckling ensues. The artist may become grumpy. But that’s like being grumpy at clouds for […]

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Using More Than One Type of Pen

The mood we want to achieve in a finished illustration influences what type of pen we choose to work with—what type of line we want to express. It’s obvious when I started to sketch this I was pulled by interest in the facial hair and short hair on the head, as well as the height […]

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How To Use Space on Your Page Spread

This is a follow up of Wednesday’s post. Here’s an example of my experimenting with brush pen and ink wash on a page in a Japanese Lined journal.  I’d like to tell you this is cropped because there is text on the recto page that is private, but in reality it’s blank there, just more […]

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Some Brush Pens with Color Ink

200824-pen review from Roz Stendahl on Vimeo. In the above video I look at some brush pens, and discuss how they work for me. I hope this gives you an idea of whether or not these pens will be useful for you. The items reviewed can be found at Jetpens.com at the following links. (I […]

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Dig Out Some Old Art Supplies

Even with the best laid plans sometimes things happen. I like to tape sketching sessions to use when explaining things to my Patreon subscribers. But last month while preparing pieces for this month’s playing with color theme I more than once forgot to turn the camera back on after taking a break to get something, […]

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