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When Is It a Good Time to Sketch in Pencil?

Usually I answer the question “When is it a good time to sketch in pencil?” simply by saying “Never.” I reside in the camp of, sketch in ink, live with the odd-off strokes, the pentimento. Use it all to train your eye. But sometimes you want really smooth lines, or don’t want to risk missing […]

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Thinking about White Hair on Toned Paper

There’s nothing finished in this study of a man with white hair and a beard. It’s me noodling around experimenting with how to get the values of white hair on toned paper. I’m working in a handbound journal made with Zerkall Nideggen (it has a lovely fiber fleck of texture throughout). I guess paper nostalgia […]

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Fudenosuke Pen and Toned Paper

  I don’t know if I can ever fully explain why I like working on toned paper. Maybe it is just easy on the eyes. I know one year at the Minnesota State Fair I showed up with bright white paper (unusually white paper, not like anything I normally use) and my eyes were giving […]

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Pushing a Sketch

It’s very rare that I don’t finish a sketch. If something goes awry during the sketching I typically keep pushing just so I can see what’s possible. I learn a lot at moments like that. On this date I was using a granulating blue on a pen sketch of a little black dog. I usually […]

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OK, I Guess Sometimes I Do Doodle…

A couple months ago I seemed to be living through my own Brendan Gleeson film festival. On this day I was sketching without glasses (if everything is double vision isn’t blurred vision an evening out or smoothing out of the lines?) without stopping the movie. That meant I had to hold things in my mind, […]

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Fun Sketching Hair Part 1

I can’t help myself. I love to sketch hair. Here’s a sketch from a 19th century photo.  I only exaggerated only a little, really. Volumes of hair. Sweeping ever upward. I love it. I wonder if he also wore a hat and what the wearing of a hat might do to his hairdo? Despite the […]

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Using More Than One Type of Pen

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The Right Pen with the Right Paper?

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Paper Matters: Is There A Right Paper?

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When Your Favorite Shows Disappear…

What can you do when your favorite TV shows disappear? Nothing, unless you own a television studio. The rest of us have to live with the reality that characters we loved spending time with are no more. Obviously this bothers me a lot because I write about it every so often when it bubbles up […]

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