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My sketch of Dick when I was in the emergency. I can see by the line that it is less fluid than normal, stopping almost artificially and turning at various points in a way I don't usually do. Additional there are restatements that I've obviously zoned out in—making more and more marks in one area instead of balancing marks across the surface. And there are several places where I can see and remember I made marks even though I was telling myself, "Don't." I just couldn't hear myself through the pain.

Why Drawing Practice Matters and What Your Line Can Tell You

Readers of my blog know that I love observing my process. I can’t help myself. Even during emergencies. I think you can learn a lot about yourself and find ways to always sketch. On November 19 I fell in a friend’s foyer. I was rushing across the foyer to my fanny pack to change my […]

A full spread sketch in the largest Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchbook. I used a Bienfang Magenta watercolor brush pend to start and did the comb and wattles and area around the eye. A little different approach for me because I usually start with the eye. Then I decided to paint some of the features, add color to the background, and also add some stenciling detail to the background.

When Do You Stop? When Is A Drawing Finished

I think the number one question I get from students is: “When do I know my drawing is finished?” Most people aren’t going to like the answer. You’ll know after you’ve taken a ton of sketches past the point of no return. Here’s the thing, you’re asking a question that involves choices both stylistic choices […]

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Happy New Year—Make 2017 A Year of Sketching

Left: Pentel Brush Pen and light washes of gouache on a Canson watercolor board (9 x 6 inches) with Montana Marker background. Reginald D. Hunter is a comedian/entertainer. Click on the image to view an enlargement.  I cut one finger pulling boxes down (paper cuts!!!) and cut another picking up something sharp. Typing slowly. But […]

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Project Friday: Just Get Something Down on Paper

Above: Selfie made with bold Uni Posca pen (orange, the tip is about 1/4 inch wide) and a Sakura Pigment Medium Brush Pen (solid tip). The drawing is in a 9 x 12 inch Dylusions journal—which I cannot recommend for structural reasons specific to how I work. I'm sorry, but when I've worked in it […]

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Cynicism, Hope, and Painting’s Life Lessons

Above: Sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room next to a bright light. Read below for details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Friday was movie night and we watched “Welcome to Happiness.” It’s a quirky film that doesn’t have super heroes, mutants, or trips into galaxies far, far away. I enjoyed […]

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If You Love A Paper—Draw More, Not Less—Don’t Save It for Another Day

Above: Quick pear sketches using the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PPBP) in a handmade journal made with defunct printmaking paper that I'm totally besotted with. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Slowly, inevitably, I am working my way through this journal I made in the early 2000s with the last of a now […]

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Shift in Place: It’s Almost Time for International Fake Journal Month 2016

Today on The Official International Fake Journal Blog I've just posted about the 2016 theme: Shift in Place You can read about this year's theme at that link. April is going to be a fun month. Remember: Life's so short, why live only one?

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Teaching Drawing: Why Demonstrate Different Media?

Above: Sakura Pigma BB (Bold Brush) Pen sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room, with purple washes of watercolor. (Orange is a Montana Marker—I didn’t put it together properly after refilling it, so it leaked.) In a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. The Sakura Pigma BB is a felt-tipped brush pen, so […]

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Overcoming Resistance in Your Creative Life

Above: Selfie made looking in the bathroom mirror, sketching with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, on Nideggen (in a handmade journal that's about 7 1/2 inches square). (Text obscured for privacy.) Vertigo or not, I'm going to sketch every day. It keeps me tuned up for those days when I can really pull out all […]

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Project Friday: Pushing, Because It’s Already “Broken”

Above: Sketch of Dick that I pushed and will describe below. It’s in a 7.5 x 7.5 inch hand bound book I made with Nideggen paper. (It has a love tan color and a wave laid pattern, as well as lovely flecks of fiber.)  I was working with my Platinum Carbon Black fiber-tipped pen, Schmincke […]

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