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Another Green Sheet

When I’m testing a pen or a paper (or in this case both) I like to work with them for several days. So the day after that green lady from my previous post, I sketched this woman—again a fair goer from @earthsworld. My thoughts on this face were a bit different. I added a bit […]

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Why That Color of Paper?

Artists make choices all day long. Sometimes the choices are obvious. I drew my dogs all the time, obviously because they were live in life models. I draw birds because they have occupied my mind my whole life. I work in watercolor and pen and ink because I love the notions and physical realities of […]

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White Pens for Journaling and Painting

Last fall I was involved in a little grid project (rather a series of projects I was sharing and am sharing with my Patreon subscribers) I ended up with a lot of little collage squares leftover. And some blue paper squares leftover. And, as is apt to happen when you have squares of color paper […]

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British Baking—More Amazing Hair

Another sketch showing the amazing hair of baker Rochica (I hope I’ve got the correct spelling of her name) from the Great British Baking Show.   Today find someone with extraordinary hair and capture that person in your journal. Enjoy his/her/their presence in the world—they are a gift. 

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Good Costume Design

You know a TV or movie has good costume design when even a crap warm-up drawing conveys a sense of angles and era. Here’s a warm up sketch of “Detective Sgt. Strange” (actor Sean Rigby) from “Endeavour.” The costume lines are so “sixties-in-Britain.” “Endeavour” has ended, but you can still stream it on PBS and […]

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In Context: Anywhere But Here…

Typically when I process my images into bloggable sizes I put them in a folder titled to hint at what I want to discuss in a post containing those images. These folders go into my “possible blog posts” folder which currently has 663 folders. EEEK I’d better get writing. Well today’s image was in a […]

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The Hocoro Fude Dip Pen From Sailor

A student wrote to me a few weeks back about a recently released dip pen—the Hocoro Fude Dip Pen from Sailor. I have fude pens from Sailor already. I use Platinum Carbon Black ink in them. It’s a pigmented black ink that will not clog fountain pens. I have had great success with it in […]

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Stubble

Sometimes it is fun to sit down and draw stubble. Lots and lots of stubble. I find this entertaining, and joyful. I find noting the growth direction, the length, the density—all fun. But then I sat in the Bell Museum for a whole afternoon years ago, drawing every line of fur on a deer. This […]

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Sometimes You Want to Use a Fine-tipped Pen…

  I love working with my various brush pens, but sometimes you have a subject that calls out for the use of a finer tipped pen. Besides that, Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper loves a fine-tipped pen. It’s a win-win. Explore the fine-tip pens you enjoy using today—what types of papers do they pair […]

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One More Thing about Tools Changing the Way We Draw

This is part three of a 3-part series on how our drawing tools change the way we draw. Part one is here. And part two was Monday and you can toggle back to it using the navigation links at the base of this post. I have focused on pens with different tips. You can expand your […]

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