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Get Something Down on Paper, Even if You Think You’re Too Close to Your Subject

This post was originally published on January 30, 2017 during my site transition. Above: A page spread from my 8 x 9.25 inch Shinola Sketchbook. It has 112 pages of 100 lb. (148 gsm) acid free paper. I purchased it for $28 at Wet Paint in St. Paul. I’ve written about these whenever I post from it, […]

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Changing Your Point of View

Left: Brush pen and acrylic marker sketch in a Shinola Sketchbook. See below for additional details. I think it’s important when working in a series to change your point of view frequently. On this day I tried to get a handle on my friend’s features from a lower vantage point. Which makes sense because he’s […]

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Learning a New Face

Above: Water-soluble ink brush pen and light layers of gouache in a Shinola Sketchbook. For the past several months, off and on. I've been drawing a friend who has been kind enough to mug for the camera—all those faces that pass in an instant that I wanted to capture. OK, I just really wanted a break […]

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Why Add Fragrances to Rubber Stamp Ink? (Roz Vents)

Above: Ink and gouache sketch, with Memento Rubber Stamp ink details (box bits and stencil). Oh, and Washi tape. It's all on a page in the Shinola Sketchbook that I worked in earlier this year. It's true, almost all year I've been in such a mood over rubber stamp ink. Why? Especially since I recently […]

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The Shinola Sketchbook: A Review

Above: Dick sitting on a couch in the TV room. Stabilo All used dry. (I really fixated on those pens in his pocket.) The paper has a nice tooth for use with this and other dry media. ) In April of this year I started working in a Shinola Sketchbook. It’s important that you note I’m […]

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Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen—Returning to Tools You’ve Used Before

Left: First sketch using the Platinum Carbon Pen, after a long absence. I was sketching from an old photograph. This is my Shinola Sketchbook test book. Montana Marker background. Sometimes a tool doesn't work the way we would like. It might not feel right in your hand, you might not get the line quality or […]

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Landscape Inspirations

Above: A page spread from my Shinola Sketchbook in which I use gouache to play with new colors and the inspiration of John Harris' work.   I’ve been experimenting  with different colors selections based on inspiration from the work on John Harris, a science fiction illustrator who makes stunning land- and cityscapes. (I took a […]

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Getting Something Down On Paper (And Another Eyebrow Update)

Left: Quick Platinum Carbon Felt-Tipped Brush Pen Sketch of Dick in the TV Room, using up leftover gouache—I really needed to put out more blue to keep my mixes consistent, but I wanted to keep going. Shinola Sketchbook 8 x 9.5 inches turned vertically so the spread becomes 16 inches tall. I'm playing with scale […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts the MCBA Visual Journal […]

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