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Why I Embrace Messes on My Journal Pages

Above: While watching a TV show one night the excellent actress Jean Marsh was dying and sick in bed and it struck me as an interesting angle to work. I had already scribbled some yellow Montana acrylic marker on the page. I had a red watercolor brush pen I wanted to work with so I […]

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One More Loose Sketch: Grabbing the Impulse To Sketch

Left: Another A3 sheet of the Fabriano ecological drawing paper. Pentel Brush Pen with Golden QOR watercolors (Burnt Sienna and Indanthrene Blue) with Montana Marker for background. An 8-minute sketch made while watching the new NCIS with Scott Bakula. (I won't be cutting this piece up for collage as I discuss below. I like it […]

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Another Look at Warm Ups

Above: 7 x 5 inches approximately—Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper in a handmade journal. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen transitioning to a Staedtler Pigment Liner (used in the bottom two sketches on the left). Before leaving the topic of warming up at the start of a sketching session (I know, I've written about this topic […]

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Why Warm Up When Drawing?

Pretty much every time I give a talk and show my work, or teach a class and explain my process, or even just share work with other sketchers I am asked: WHY WARM UP WHEN DRAWING? There are a lot of roots to this question, roots as individual as the person asking. One root, judging […]

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