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Mixed Media—Working Loose When Your Ink Runs

It can easily happen to anyone at any time—you do a really cool ink sketch, get the watercolors (or other water-based medium) out, start to paint, and watch as the ink color dissolves from the line and spreads into your paint. This bothers a lot of my students. I’ve even heard them gasp, cry out, […]

The large, about 9 x 11 inch Japanese Lined Journal that I love to sketch in with the Pentel Brush Pen and Acrylic Markers. Carl Too is standing around watching the paper dry.

What’s on the Table?—The Curl of the Paper

I just love working in my favorite Japanese Lined Journals from APICA. The paper loves the Pentel Brush Pen. Sometimes I work in gouache on this paper, but sometimes I leave the sketch as is and turn the page. Other times I put in an acrylic marker background. I used an orange 15mm wide Montana […]

The first sketch I made on World Beard Day. I got a bit of a late start. I started large—this is about 12 x 18 inches, Pentel Brush pen and watercolor, with an acrylic marker background. For all my portraits I was using muses in the Sktchy App. So many great bearded men who post photos of themselves for us to sketch!

No Shave November

Since I’m so interested in drawing beards I’m a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t keep track that “No Shave November” is going on. This is an event that seeks to raise cancer awareness and also raise money for cancer research. You can read all about it at the link. I was going to […]

Sketching with the Platinum Carbon Black fountain pen (containing that ink) in an 8 x 10 inch journal. While coughing…

In Context—Working in a Series While Coughing

I managed to catch a cold bug and then come down with bronchitis so coughing has made sketching a bit difficult this fall. (Gasp, there have even been some missed days!) Today’s image is an example of the type of thing I’ve been up to. Thank goodness for the Sktchy App when you’re ill. So […]

The original sketch which is a light quick pencil sketch, ink sketching added, watercolor, and acrylic marker. It's about 8 x 8 inches square on new Folio paper. (Remember I differentiate between the old style Folio and newer incarnation of that paper.)

Using Photoshop to Quickly Change Background Colors in a Scan

Sometimes you finish a sketch and you wonder, what would happen if I did “this” or “that.” But maybe you don’t want to try “this” or “that” because you don’t want to lose what you already have. I tend not to use Photoshop to change my sketches just because I prefer to work with natural […]

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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. […]

Direct brush watercolor sketch of actor Tom Hardy in "Taboo." This is a test sketch in a Handbook Watercolor journal (8 inch square approximately).

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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Eyebrow Update: Another Gouache Painting in the Nostalgie Sketchbook

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Dick sitting on the TV room couch. Direct brush painting (orange paint) then some areas of gouache added—using up paint and not getting white paint out. Left: Detail from todays image. Some days I think the journal page says it all. So […]

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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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Gouache in the Seawhite of Brighton Journal

Left: 8 x 8 inch pen and gouache sketch in a Seawhite Sketchbook of the same size. Under sketch is done in orange and red Uni Posca extra bold tipped paint pens. (The tips are about 1/4 inch wide chisel tips.) The sketch was then refined with a Platinum Carbon Black solid felt tip brush […]

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