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What I Did in the Pandemic: Pepper Sketches Of Course!

    I’ve been trying to get my digital files organized, and I came across this post from 2020 during the pandemic. I don’t know why I had this large landscape book, and Akademie Watercolor Journal from Hahnemühle.  This is their student line of paper. The book is nicely bound, the paper is OK, but […]

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Snow Piles, We’ve Seen the Last of Them, for Now

Sometimes projects sneak up on us. Sometimes projects are simply the manifestation of a habit. Sometimes it’s fun to catch up on scanning your journal pages and seeing the massive amounts of snow you’ve just dealt with. (Actually I wasn’t doing much dealing with it—Dick was the one creating 7-foot tall snow piles on either […]

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Compositional Choices in a Journal

I was writing last month about choices on my Patreon blog and my mind keeps coming up with examples even though we’ve moved on. This one is about compositional choice. And we never really move away from compositional choices… First, nope, I didn’t suddenly get tired and give up on the rest of the head […]

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In Context: Quotations

Reading is a way to have conversations when you’re alone in a room. You and the author, trying to decipher what the characters are …

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Tricks of Memory and Make-up

Sometimes we don’t remember things, and sometimes we remember them correctly. Drawing always makes me think about things like this. I was not misremembering, there were actually two actors who played “Dale the Whale” in the TV show “Monk.”

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Stylizing Stuart…

Stuart Goss is a “muse” on the Museum App by Sktchy. He’s one of the models that I have drawn a lot of sketches of simply because he always does something fun with his beard and his hair. And that means that I get to play around stylizing—simplifying, exaggerating. I’m thankful for models from all […]

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Why Keep Sketching the Same Subject?

A friend of mine once said he couldn’t understand how I could draw the same subject over and over. I do that a lot. Most notably daily drawings for 4 and a half years of my dog Dottie.  But my life is full of drawing the same subject over and over. Life drawing models I […]

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One More Thing about Tools Changing the Way We Draw

This is part three of a 3-part series on how our drawing tools change the way we draw. Part one is here. And part two was Monday and you can toggle back to it using the navigation links at the base of this post. I have focused on pens with different tips. You can expand your […]

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Synchronicity on the Page

Sometimes I sketch something and write something unrelated in my journal—simply because it’s the same day, and there is some negative space to fill. Stickers get stuck down, when they are available. (Sometimes this “pre-collage” gets drawn over! But not on this day.) Somehow things usually end up going together. I think that synchronicity the […]

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Quick Studies

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you’ve got time for a quick study. Focus on the details that matter the most to you. On somedays it might be a nose, a forehead, a hand, some shoes, or a color scheme. Often it’s little bits of light. Overtime, if you look back at your quick […]

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