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A Little Bit of Collage Can Be Your Friend

You know how I like to paint on drawing paper? Sometimes the paper complains. That happened when I put in the Montana Marker background on this page spread. The marker ink/paint saturated and roughed up the paper at the top of the page. I didn’t want the paper to be weak there because it would […]

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Testing Langton-Prestige Watercolor Paper

  I have just started testing Daler-Rowney’s Langton-Prestige Cold Press Watercolor paper. In the above video you can see my first experiments with it and my first thoughts. If the video doesn’t play you can view it on Vimeo at this link. Normally in my demonstration videos I include any photo reference or still life […]

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Using Your Journal to Ask Questions

A journal is for asking questions. You can ask visually, and you can also ask written questions. To me, often the most interesting thing about my journal pages is not what I drew on the page or what I noticed as I went through my day and captured visually, but the questions and thoughts I […]

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More on Hair—Some Beards

Beards, I tend to draw them all the time. Towards the end of my live stream while drawing a portrait of Rick in a top hat I mention why beards are so essential a feature to draw. Some crisp white watercolor paper, a pen, some paint, a little bit of winding down at the end […]

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Since I Was on the Topic of Hair…

Hair, it’s one of the things that pulls me to draw a portrait. How does that person have his or her hair? I am particularly susceptible to Jane Austen dramatizations—so much wonderful 18th century or 19th century hair depending on how the film decides to go with fashion at the cusp of time. Or anything […]

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Pen and Watercolor Portrait Video Demonstration

  Below is the edited version of a live stream demonstration I did publicly several weeks ago. I’m posting it here on my blog because some readers may have missed it when I did it live in Facebook on my RozStendahl feed. It is no longer available there.   I took it down so that […]

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Television Recommendation—Dead Still

I’ve been meaning to recommend “Dead Still” for over a year. This show popped up on Acorn.  It’s about a postmortem photographer working in the late 19th century in Ireland. There are some very interesting characters, a mystery about the man’s past which runs through the whole season, and incredible set decoration, wardrobe, and hairstyles. […]

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Another Alun Armstrong Sketch

Here’s another brush pen and ink sketch of Alun Armstrong.   A wonderful set of dundrearies. Are they talked about as a set ? What is the related hairstyling vocabulary? Well, something to ponder, along with that wonderful hairdo. #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth

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Another Peek into “Bleak House”

In February I was sketching a lot of other folks besides Alun Armstrong. Here’s a sketch of Timothy West from “Bleak House.” I really can’t resist dundrearies!

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Are You Sketching Alun Armstrong?

At the end of February I wrote about #MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth. Since then several people have joined in the fun. You can read about this project here.  I hope you’ll join in and start posting work. (Patreon subscribers a posting in a private group, but others are posting on instagram and other social media.) Meanwhile, one of […]

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