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Evidently I Can Nap and Sketch at the Same Time

More Victorian dramas…I just love the hair. (Dried out brush pen in the Hahnemühle Travel Book.) I still laugh every time I see this sketch. (I was sorting digital images the other day and found it.) See that circle in his cheek on the left? I actually fell asleep sketching that. (And really overworked it […]

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Another Wizard

I started these wizard portraits working very small (6 x 8 inch page size), but this one, which is about 9 x 11, inches just sort of happened. It seems I can’t get wizards out of my mind. Now it seems many of them might end up being very large as well. We’ll see.  This […]

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In Context—Alison Steadman

Actor Alison Steadman. Journal spread from a hand-made journal: Old (discontinued and not the currently available) Gutenberg paper from Hahnemühle. Approx. 8 x 8 inches. Brush pen and Watercolor.

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More on Wizards

  Pretty much self-explanatory. Just some more stuff I’m pondering.

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Testing the Twone Sketchbook with Kraft Cardstock Covers

Do I actively seek out the most obscure commercially bound books containing non-art paper to test? No, it simply seems like that sometimes. I grew up with a small weekly allowance paid after the completion of standard house and family chores. That allowance had to stretch from candy to art materials. Let’s just say I […]

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Stubble—I Can’t Help Myself

I just have to maintain a daily diet of sketching stubble. It can be with the Tombow Fudenosuke pen like this sketch, or the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen or the Squeezy brush pens from Pentel, or ANY PEN. I just think stubble is fun to sketch. I suspect it is the 15 years I spent […]

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In Context—Sketch a Little, Chat a Little, Get Back to Sketching.

Hard to believe this is already a year ago.

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In Context: Things I Ponder

A page spread from a Hand•book watercolor journal with 140 lb. watercolor paper.

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Some Thoughts About Betty White

Actress and comedian Betty White died on December 31, 2021, just short of her 100th birthday. Dick botched the notification system we have in place yet again. We are having a serious re-think about the current system. I had to point out that “we are not OK.”  When your life spans the 1960s to the […]

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FAQ—So What Pigments Do You Actually Use Roz?

“So what pigments do you actually use Roz?”—it’s something I’m asked all the time. I was asked again this Sunday during my Patreon Webinar. I had two travel palettes out on my desk, one with 26 pans, one with 27 pans. I was bemoaning the loss, through miss-packing of a storage box, of a third […]

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