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The Importance of Space

Is the hair in this sketch exaggerated?  It’s hard to say. This woman (a contestant on “Project Runway”) had mounds and mounds of curly hair. So much hair, in fact, often not tied back, that I wondered how she got any work done without it always getting in the way. But remember that thought comes […]

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The Final Lectures Series: Which Question

  Note: If you’re playing the home version game—today’s image on the blog’s landing page is a sketch of Dame Margaret Rutherford. It’s in the video. This is part two in my farewell to teaching series of posts. In today’s video (an excerpt from the mid-session webinar in my last Drawing Practice class), I address […]

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Papers Buckling When Using Wet Media

Awhile back a student wrote to me about her problem with buckling papers in her journal. Buckling happens when wet media is used on papers. The moisture soaks into the fibers that make up the paper. The fibers swell, the buckling ensues. The artist may become grumpy. But that’s like being grumpy at clouds for […]

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Accessories for Today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch-In

Today at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT I’ll be live streaming a sketching demo. It’s a Virtual State Fair Sketch-In because I won’t be at the Fairgrounds—the Minnesota State Fair was cancelled this year due to the Pandemic. I’m glad we are staying safe but I’m always at the Fair on this day in […]

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A Virtual Minnesota State Fair “Sketch IN” Saturday, August 29, 2020

Look, if this were any other year you wouldn’t be getting one post from me on this day, let alone two—I’d be two days into my Minnesota State Fair Sketching experience. Something I’ve been doing every year for over 25 years. The pandemic means we aren’t going to have the Minnesota State Fair this year. […]

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What Kind of a Wise Ass Are You?

Look, I’m known as a bit of a wise-ass. No, let’s be honest, I’m a total-wise-ass-pain-in-the-butt-[expletive-deleted]. As such I really respond well to the wise-assery of others. Ryan Reynolds’ movie characters are a particular favorite of mine. Reynolds has the untrainable ability to talk fast, clear, and sassy while still pushing a plot line forward. […]

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Dig Out Some Old Art Supplies

Even with the best laid plans sometimes things happen. I like to tape sketching sessions to use when explaining things to my Patreon subscribers. But last month while preparing pieces for this month’s playing with color theme I more than once forgot to turn the camera back on after taking a break to get something, […]

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. […]

Detail from the above page spread. What caught my attention was the lovely light that caused such interesting shadows on this pigeon.

Drawing Practice Registration Closes June 6

Just a heads up, my last session of my online class “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” closes registration on June 6.  When you register there are some open lessons with information on supplies and such. The first lesson opens on June 7 and the class runs for a month with new lessons every […]

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Portrait Practice: Going from the General to the Specific

Just a practice spread from April 2019. I was almost 2 months out from my second cataract surgery, but still working with uncorrected eyes. It was as if I needed a recalibration every time I sat down to sketch. But it was also about remembering to breathe and to not focus on the realities of […]

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