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When Do You Throw A Pen Away?

When do you throw a pen away? Evidently I don’t do it often enough! I love the way some disposable ink pens get a thin dry line as they run out of in, but lately it’s ridiculous. I need to put out some new pens!

Detail of the above sketch.

In Context—Painting on Drawing Paper

Two page spreads today from one of my Hahnemühle Travel Journals. (These are hardcover books that look like Moleskines, but these have more pages and a toothy drawing paper.) I used a Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB, watercolor, and a 1/2 inch flat brush.  Take a moment to look at all the pieces in […]

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I Test the Ultra-fine Tipped Pentel Artists Brush Sign Pen

  This ultra-fine brush tipped pen from Pentel—I don’t know what it’s called…The barrel reads: “Brush Sign Pen Artist.” It’s one of their Sign Pens in that it has dye-based, fugitive, water-soluble ink, but unlike their other “sign pen” it doesn’t have a solid fiber tip—it has an ultra thin, ultra fine, brush with individual […]

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In Context: Some TV Viewing Post Eye Surgery

After my first cataract surgery it took about 10 months for the eye to heal and for a “scratchy” spot to on the eye to close up. On this page I’m still dealing with that. Or rather obsessing about it! Or trying not to obsess about it.

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Sketching Faces: When You Feel You’ve Hit A Plateau

    I sketch a ton of faces. I look back over the years and see how my approach to sketching faces has changed, how it’s constantly evolving. Often students write to me about experiencing a plateau in their drawing efforts. They feel that they have achieved a level of skill at which they remain […]

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In Context—Richard’s Elbow

    The sketch today and its caption pretty much explain everything. A couple weeks ago Dick had pain in his elbow and it was very swollen. I of course thought Lyme Disease since he’d been walking in a field a couple days before and ticks are still active up her. That turns out not […]

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Nostalgie Is A Fun Paper

    I think the sketch pretty much shows how much fun I was having on this paper so I’m not going to write more except to say you can use the category list or search engine on this blog to find more Nostalgie pages. The paper is smooth, heavyweight, and a delight for all […]

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Waiting Rooms: Lots of Sketching Time

  I’ve been spending a lot of time in eye doctors’ offices over the past 11 months. On mosts of those visits my eyes have been dilated right away and so I haven’t been able to sketch. But the other day I went to a neuro-ophthalmologist and my eyes weren’t immediately dilated—so I got some […]

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Remembrance Day: I’m Away from the Computer

Today is Remembrance Day. I write about this almost every year. I think I have said what I can say. Enter “Remembrance Day” in my blog’s search engine and you’ll find those past posts.  If you’ve been reading the blog carefully, or even casually, you all know this about me: I’m anti-war, I pro-soldiers, I’m […]

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A Quick Portrait Sketch: Watercolor on Toned Paper

        Read about the sketch in the caption. I was having a lot of fun working on this tan-toned paper from Strathmore. It’s their 400 Series Mixed Media Toned paper. At 184 lbs. it’s a great weight also for collage. In the detail you can see I’m able to get streaky strokes […]

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