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Drawing So Fast You Don’t Think About It

If you’ve got some free moments, sit and draw as fast as you can. I no longer have close vision so it’s fun just to try and capture things on the page without glasses. Distance vision for me is crisper but also blurred.  I was probably watching Project Runway or some fashion movie last year […]

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Contour Drawings—Always Useful

Students in my current session of Drawing Practice have been posting contour drawings. Every group takes to it differently, some, like otters, rush along the side of the stream, darting in and out and sliding effortlessly with the current. Others stand back curious, but not committed. Like anything it takes practice. It’s why I call […]

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The Right Pen with the Right Paper?

I have spent years telling students that there is no perfect paper. There is no perfect pen. That’s still true! Why write today that there is a right pen with the right paper? Because sketching, if you’re going to do it all the time, should be, in fact needs to be, fun. And one of […]

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Always Be Playing: Try Different Approaches with the Nearly Same Media

It is important to experiment using different media together to come up with a look that suits the subject and mood of your sketch. If you don’t push yourself to try different media in different combinations you’ll never find what you like the look of; and what you most enjoy using. In this post I’ve […]

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Did You Follow My Advice Over The Weekend?

  Did you follow my advice over the weekend? Did you sketch and then savor the bits that worked out? I couldn’t resist following up my post with a sketch that didn’t work (the likeness is off and the facial features are too elongated), but I love it. I also don’t mind that it’s on […]

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In Context—Something to Think About

Stephen Colbert is always saying things that make sense to me, and calm me.

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What’s Coming Up on Roz’s Subscription Blog in February?

  In December 2019 I started a subscription blog on Patreon: Roz Interim. You can use that link to read about the different subscription levels.  In February I’ll be sketching, painting, and talking about the portrait you see in this post. There will be a bonus portrait sketch painting because my subscribers in January asked […]

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In Context: Changes I’d Like To Make But Know I Won’t

In the above page spread, in the field of orange color on the verso (left) page, you’ll see the conversation I had with Dick about one change which I would like to make, but know in my heart of hearts I won’t make.  Journals are great for capturing a perspective of our lives and dealing […]

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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!

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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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