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In Context: Everything Included on a Journal Page—How Do I Find It?

In my last two posts I wrote about just getting stuff down on the page. There’s one drawback to this approach if you have a noisy internal critic who likes to interrupt you and tell you what a mess of things you’re making. If you have 10 things on a page, many of which might […]

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Adventures with Unknown Paper

A few years ago I stopped in at Wet Paint and there was a box of 22 x 30 inch paper on the paper counter. “What’s this?” I asked. To make a long story short it was a mystery paper sent by a mill by mistake. When they called the mill to fix the order […]

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Fun Sketching Hair Part 3

Update October 19, 2021: I just posted the sketching session video which includes this sketch. Check out this post for this and another warm up sketch, followed by a watercolor sketch portrait. Of course it was the hair and beard that made me want to sketch this portrait! But starting with the small rectangle of […]

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Fun Sketching Hair Part 2

Hairdos in the 1960s were lots of fun. A range from short to long for men. Here’s an actor from an episode of “Perry Mason” with a short hairdo. 1960s hipster in a turtle neck—not a mock. For me, drawing this hair, it was all about finding a way to describe some edges and walls […]

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Commit to a Line or Correction

A couple days ago I wrote about accepting wonky lines. Here’s a sketch I haven’t posted, but just came across in organizing my files. Sometimes I have so much fun with the ears I don’t reach quite high enough for the head—but I commit to the correction and just start adding the hair, or in […]

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Lines: Achieving a Likeness with Different Approaches

I love working in a series just in an evening—sketching the same subject over and over to see how I can approach it with different tools, media, or even just something like line which is infinitely variable. I’ve posted three sketches of British actor Robert Morley in this post. I became a fan of his […]

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On Deciding Which Version of a Sketch You Like Best…

Here’s the final version I did of this brush pen and watercolor sketch on toned (tan paper); with a little bit of white gouache for the highlights. (The cheek is actually the paper color.) Sometimes when I’m sketching I enjoy the plain sketch, or some early version of the sketch so much, that I stop […]

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There’s Something Marvelous About Brush Pen on Bright White Paper

  When you need a break I think you can always squeeze in one or two quick brush pen sketches. I think the crispness of a brush pen line, even when it drags to dry-brush lines, is cheering against the white of the paper. The lines say, “This is the boundary, this is the texture.” […]

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It’s Official #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth

Yep, #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth. It seems the best way to improve the current situation. I woke up this morning to icy rain. By the time I finished cycling (inside of course) there were fat, light flakes of snow falling quickly past the window behind me.  The Minnesota State site for Covid vaccination eligibility said it would be […]

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In Context—Brush Pen Portrait

I post this today as a reminder that when you’re going through rough times it’s important to keep using your creativity. Something imperfect is better than not having a go. Exercising your creativity generates new energy. 

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