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Just Enjoy What You Do: Or—Drawing as an Analogy of Goal Setting

I’ve spent the week on my blog going over self-evaluations and the need for goals. Sometimes it’s important to just enjoy what you do—what you did. In today’s post there’a a sketch of a young man with green hair. I did this sketch from a Sktchy photo.  It’s actually sort of an analogy for what […]

Diners at one of my favorite restaurants—while I wait for my take-out order to be ready. (In the smallest Hahnemühle Nostalgie journal with a .1 Staedtler Pigment Liner.

Drawing Practice: Two Things to Try When You’re Sick

We all catch a cold, come down with the flu, sprain a muscle or two, even break a bone now and then. But it’s still important to keep up with your drawing habit. I had a particularly rough time keeping up my daily practice the past few weeks. A cold went to bronchitis and my […]


In Context: Just Got To Sketch

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Project Friday: A Bit More on Brush Pens

To wrap up Brush Pen week I was going to go on an on about the brush pen some more, but I realized that in 2015 I wrote a post that includes a video on brush pens from Jet Pens as well as a bunch of links to various brush pen posts in my blog. […]

On a recent trip to the dentist I used my time in the waiting room to sketch a couple people. I was just warming up when I found myself alone, but then I was called too. I really like the top right sketch. I was able to get just the essential details to capture her face.

Waiting at the Dentist’s

I think it’s easy to always have a small pocket sketchbook with you so that you can make quick sketches of the people around you. When you’re somewhere it’s going to be impossible to get finished sketched (because either you or the model is going to leave quickly) find something you can focus on.  I […]

9 x 12 inch sheet of recycled watercolor paper with a quick ink sketch (dried out pen) from imagination. I was thinking about portrait composition with people and animals.

Being Present

I’ve been organizing my files and clearing up the studio so I can move on to new projects. I found this loose journal page in the TV room on a stack of books. I also read in that room early in the morning while Dick is upstairs reading his newspaper and having his coffee before […]

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 […]

In a small landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie journal I quickly sketched this snow pile with a fiber-tipped ink pen and washes pulled off my Pentel Brush pen with the Niji water brush.

Why I Love Snow Piles

I love snow piles because their changing shapes and volumes are fun to sketch. They are also, even in the dead of winter, a reminder that spring is coming. This winter I wasn’t able to sketch as many snow piles as usual, but as spring came on and the odd 70 degree day (followed by below freezing […]

During Bill Mahr's political talk show I did additional experiments. I found that quickly getting down general lines for the hands allowed me to be more "judicious" about placement with my bolder lines and create a less fussier form.

Experimenting with Line Quality And Working Method

Typically I like to work with one pen throughout an image and get a variety of line types from that pen by the way I angle the pen and the pressure I use. In the past couple of years, because of approaches I’ve tried during life drawing co-op settings where I take a larger variety […]

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 […]

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