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Journal Practice Hiccups?

  I always tell people any day is a great day to start a journal practice. Start.  But I know that many people think it important to have a milestone day like the first of the year for a starting point. If it gets them to start then I’m all for that. As a new […]

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In Context: Things I Ponder

A page spread from a Hand•book watercolor journal with 140 lb. watercolor paper.

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OK, I Guess Sometimes I Do Doodle…

A couple months ago I seemed to be living through my own Brendan Gleeson film festival. On this day I was sketching without glasses (if everything is double vision isn’t blurred vision an evening out or smoothing out of the lines?) without stopping the movie. That meant I had to hold things in my mind, […]

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Lines: Achieving a Likeness with Different Approaches

I love working in a series just in an evening—sketching the same subject over and over to see how I can approach it with different tools, media, or even just something like line which is infinitely variable. I’ve posted three sketches of British actor Robert Morley in this post. I became a fan of his […]

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Are You Sketching Alun Armstrong?

At the end of February I wrote about #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth. Since then several people have joined in the fun. You can read about this project here.  I hope you’ll join in and start posting work. (Patreon subscribers a posting in a private group, but others are posting on instagram and other social media.) Meanwhile, one of […]

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It’s Official #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth

Yep, #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth. It seems the best way to improve the current situation. I woke up this morning to icy rain. By the time I finished cycling (inside of course) there were fat, light flakes of snow falling quickly past the window behind me.  The Minnesota State site for Covid vaccination eligibility said it would be […]

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Another Look At Stuart…

Here’s another quick sketch of the same muse from Sktchy. I love that mustache.  I was sitting in the car while Dick was in the pharmacy (all masked up). The visit went very quickly and I only had a few minutes. But it was enough time to look at the large shapes of value and […]

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Drawing the Same Subject Over and Over

Just a series of quick posts today and next week—drawing the same subject over and over. Don’t think that each sketch has to be great. Just look closely when you’re drawing and get the visual information to go into your mind. Have fun looking. Savor it. Today is a brush pen sketch from 2018. It’s […]

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More on Default Scale and Tools

This is part 3 of my farewell to teaching series. If you haven’t watched the video I posted on Wednesday then this post isn’t going to mean anything to you. This post is about showing additional examples and discussing the same idea, without going back into all the basics.   Simply put, in today’s post you […]

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Canson Heritage Watercolor Paper—Remembering the Fun

I’ve been catching up on some scanning and filing lately. Last year was all about just getting work done, using every moment of eye-viability as I came to think of it, for work, and not any of the supporting tasks I’ve always done because I like being organized. Well in catching up in the scanning […]

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