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Examples of the Simple Round Back Spine structure with cloth covered boards and recessed labels. (The book in the back has a raised label effect we will discuss.)

Bookbinding: Final Offering of Simple Round Back Spine Class Registration Closes Friday

Registration for “The Simple Round Back Spine” online bookbinding class closes July 10, 2020, 6 p.m.  Class begins on Saturday, July 11, 2020 with all lessons dropping at once so that students can work at their own pace during the month. I’ll be available to answer your questions. (I recommend that students aim to make […]

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Working with Ink Washes on Toned Paper

Over the last couple weeks the students in my on line class drawing practice class have been working with values—learning to see value shapes, to judge and compare one value to another.  Understanding values, the relative lightness and darkness from one area of a subject to another, and the ability to translate those values to […]

Detail from this post's image. Pen and ink wash in a Hahnemühle Travel Journal (which contains drawing paper.)

Finding An Art Buddy Might Be Detrimental to Your Drawing Practice

      Yes, I said it. I called out one of the elephants in the room. Finding a sketching/art buddy to go sketching with might just turn out to be detrimental to your drawing practice. This is difficult for people to digest, especially during the pandemic when most are craving more contact with people. […]

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Even if Your Vision Is Giving You Fits You Can Still Get Some Sketching Done

This is a short pep talk. Your glasses don’t fit. The prescription isn’t right. Your vision is blurred by cataracts and any number of things that can happen to eyes. And you just don’t feel like sketching. Tough do it anyway. It keeps you prepped for sketching the next time your vision isn’t as blurred. […]

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Cupcakes—Thoughts and an Upcoming Demo

There’s a bakery in the same building as my eye doctor’s downtown office. I made a lot of trips to his office last year. Dick drove me. Then on the walk down from the eye doctor’s office to the parking ramp I often suggested a stop at the bakery to buy some “life-drawing” models. Don’t […]

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Minnesota State Fair Plans

I don’t know if the Minnesota State Fair 2020 has been cancelled. (It takes place the 12 days before Labor Day each year.) As I write this in advance of my posting date the clock on their site reads 101 days, 11 hours, and 11 minutes to Fair. But my personal Fair adventure this year […]

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Seeing Color In Faces When Painting

In this sketch from August 2019 I played with large flat brush to lay in mostly transparent washes of watercolor.   I was watching TV late in the evening and the actor Anna Chancellor came on. I paused the TV because I wanted to work on the angles of the planes of her face and particularly […]

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Want To See How Roz Sketches and Paints?

Last December I started a Patreon-Roz Interim subscription blog where I place real time videos of my sketching demonstrations.  This is the sketch that I showed in March of this year. It uses pen and watercolor in an Arteza Watercolor Book. (I’ve reviewed these journals elsewhere on this blog, please use the category list to […]

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Accepting Changes in Your Process

I’ve written quite a bit about accepting changes in your process throughout the 11 years of this blog. It is a common theme in my teaching.  One of the things that seems to hang students up the most is the notion that there must be one “right” way to do something. I’m constantly telling crop […]

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Review: Stencil Revolution Stencils

Today’s post is a video review of Stencil Revolution’s stencils. If the above video doesn’t show up in the post please use this direct link. Months ago they contacted me to test and review their stencils. Unfortunately I was out of the studio longer than anticipated after cataract surgery. Photographer Tom Nelson shot the overhead […]

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