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Detail of the eye area. Dry strokes of paint stumbled over the top of dry lower layers take texture from the paper and create a fun broken-color effect that helps mimic the texture on a chicken's face.

Everyone Needs a Side Project

A few weeks ago my friend Danny Gregory called me up to discuss my thoughts about projects. Most readers know my Daily Dots—daily drawings of my Alaskan Malamute bitch Dottie made the last 4 and a half years of her  life. But friends and students know that I’m always engaged in whatever the latest project […]

Another direct brush painting withe greenish umber, azure blue, and a bit of red (didn't note down the pigment).

Project Friday: Direct Brush Painting and Some More Green

In Monday’s post I wrote about how I am pushing myself to use more greens. Greens aren’t just for landscapes (which is good because I don’t do many landscapes). If you look closely you can often find green tones in people’s faces. But you can also abandon realistic color and go in with a variety […]

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Project Friday: A Bit More on Brush Pens

To wrap up Brush Pen week I was going to go on an on about the brush pen some more, but I realized that in 2015 I wrote a post that includes a video on brush pens from Jet Pens as well as a bunch of links to various brush pen posts in my blog. […]

During Bill Mahr's political talk show I did additional experiments. I found that quickly getting down general lines for the hands allowed me to be more "judicious" about placement with my bolder lines and create a less fussier form.

Experimenting with Line Quality And Working Method

Typically I like to work with one pen throughout an image and get a variety of line types from that pen by the way I angle the pen and the pressure I use. In the past couple of years, because of approaches I’ve tried during life drawing co-op settings where I take a larger variety […]

Project Friday—Improving Your Drawing Practice with Repetition, the Right Tool, Being Invested, and Celebration

Above: Practice sketches in a 6 x 8 inch journal using a thick, soft, solid, fiber-tipped black brush pen and Montana Marker (background) as well as a large, fat-leaded Lyra metallic pencil. I’m feeling around to sense the nuance in the pose, the angle of the eyes, the negative space that first attracted me, to […]

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Making a Mess and Enjoying Every Moment

Left: 6 x 9 inch Canson watercolor board, with quick pen sketch—Platinum Carbon Black Ink Solid Brush Tipped Pen (worn down). There are some brush cleaning marks on this board, made by cleaning my white pen in the negative space, after I had infected it with color doing the next sketch shown below. Since there […]

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Project Friday: Just Get Something Down on Paper

Above: Selfie made with bold Uni Posca pen (orange, the tip is about 1/4 inch wide) and a Sakura Pigment Medium Brush Pen (solid tip). The drawing is in a 9 x 12 inch Dylusions journal—which I cannot recommend for structural reasons specific to how I work. I'm sorry, but when I've worked in it […]

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Project Friday on a Monday—Working in a Series: Meet the Finches

Above: Two entries from my current, ongoing Finch Series. Montana Acrylic Marker for background and underpainting, with Pentel pigment brush pen sketches and gouache all in a Japanese Lined Journal. You'll be able to read all about Nigel and Pete if you do. I love working in a series because it gives me an opportunity […]

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Project Friday: Painting Value Shapes

Above: Thirty minute sketch (using the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Schmincke gouache) on Nideggen paper (handmade 7.5 inch square journal). I did all the painting with a large filbert. The background is blue Montana Acrylic Marker. (Text obscured for privacy.) I’ve been doing so much line work lately in that little journal made with […]

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Project Friday: Pushing, Because It’s Already “Broken”

Above: Sketch of Dick that I pushed and will describe below. It’s in a 7.5 x 7.5 inch hand bound book I made with Nideggen paper. (It has a love tan color and a wave laid pattern, as well as lovely flecks of fiber.)  I was working with my Platinum Carbon Black fiber-tipped pen, Schmincke […]

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