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2018 Drawing Practice—Drawing Live Subjects in Public

 All my life, one of the most exciting, energizing, and simply fun experiences I’ve enjoyed has been while I’m sketching live animals. It doesn’t matter if I’m at home with a dog visitor (we don’t have live in models any more) or out and about in the field checking out wild turkeys or walking around […]

Above: Sketch of a sleeping pig, pen and watercolor on a 9 x 12 inch watercolor board. During class you'll see me demonstrate how to work with pen and watercolor in close quarters even at crowded events like the Minnesota State Fair. (The demos include active animals so that you can see how it's possible to catch a likeness even when your subject is moving.)

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Drawing Practice 2017

The 2017 session of my popular class “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” begins on April, 30. Registration for this class closes on April 29, 2017, at 11 p.m. Click on this link. This will be the last time that I offer this class with daily teacher participation. If you would like to get […]

This is a pen and watercolor sketch made from life at the Minnesota State Fair in 2016. In class you'll see me demonstrate sketching live animals at the Fair!

Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public—Class Begins April 30, 2017

Do you wish you had a daily drawing practice? Do you wonder how to approach sketching live subjects? Do you want to join in the fun of sketch outs but you feel self-conscious sketching in public? Is there a nagging voice in your mind telling you that your sketches always fail? Beginning April 30 I […]

Sketchbook Skool Starts a New Session on September 30

I'm one of the six teachers in the six week class "Beginning" offered by Sketchbook Skool. This course is being run again in the next session beginning on September 30, 2016. You can read about it at the link above. You'll also see the other instructors in "Beginning." Each week for 6 weeks you'll gain […]

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Mumbling and the Drawing Life

Above: Contour drawing of Dick as he sat in the TV room. 9 x 12 inch Flex Book sketchbook that I'll review next week. Montana Marker in the background. This is another post for my current "Drawing Practice" students, to show I don't just boss them around, but also Dick, who poses for me all […]

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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 […]

Why I Think Process Is Important

Above: Sketch of a La Mancha goat at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair; dark Tuscan Red color pencil on TH.Saunders/Waterford 140 lb. hot press watercolor paper. I believe process, and an awareness of process, are two of the most important tools a creative person can have. With an understanding of our own process we can start to […]

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Tools and Subject Matter—Over a Life of Sketching

Above: A 10 minute sketch using a carbon-black ink felt-tipped brush pen sketch of Dick in the TV Room—focusing on Contours after a wearing day. Background: Montana marker. 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal page spread. (If you can't read the text, you can see a typed version at the end of this post.) […]

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Teaching Drawing: Why Demonstrate Different Media?

Above: Sakura Pigma BB (Bold Brush) Pen sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room, with purple washes of watercolor. (Orange is a Montana Marker—I didn’t put it together properly after refilling it, so it leaked.) In a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. The Sakura Pigma BB is a felt-tipped brush pen, so […]

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Roz Wound Up Classes in February and May 2016

Above: 9 x 12 inch sketch of resting sheep at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. (Sakura Pigma Sensei Pen and Schmincke pan watercolors.) If you would like to improve your ability to sketch live subjects in public join me for the 2016 Drawing Practice Class listed below. As 2015 wraps up it’s time to start […]

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