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The Anti-gravity Properties of Hair

  Sometimes you don’t need to finish a sketch, the idea just takes over. A red marker that was drying out, on a page spread in a large (about 11 x 8 inch) landscape Hahnemühle watercolor sketchbook. Pick up a pen and just go for it today.

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Virtual Fair Sketch-In Wrap Up 2020

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, whether to check in, sketch, or simply ask some questions at today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch In 2020 We used “out” in the event hashtag (shown below) because I’d already set it up on Facebook.  You’ll be able to see some posts already there. You’ll also find […]

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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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When Your Pen Leaks Make It a Feature

Here’s a sketch from 2018 when I was doing some experiments to find my favorite toned paper for mixed media. I was testing a bunch of different chipboards. They soak up watercolor and gouache but you can use acrylic markers on them. Most I found were too expensive (when you locate them and pay postage) […]

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Protected: A Little Bit of Bright Color in a Portrait

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Protected: Limited Choices Lead to Successful Projects

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Protected: Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 4 Fold Outs

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Protected: Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 3 Patterns

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 2 Multi-color Backgrounds

This is Part Two of a five-part series on executing simple backgrounds in your journal or other artwork. Part One of this series can be found at this link. One of the simplest, yet most interesting approaches to a background, especially for a portrait, is to have broken color. This means that one or more […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 1

I was organizing my images for blog posts and noticed that I had a lot of common themes, some not as obvious.  What do the images in today’s post and those referenced (linked) all have in common? Well all but one have backgrounds painted AFTER the sketch is made (and typically even after the sketch […]

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