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Sketching Fair Goers without a Fair

I spent the year sketching Fair Goers who Earth’s World had captured at Fairs and Festivals. (See #earthsworld, @earthsworld on Instagram and Flicker; Earth permits artists to use the photos as sketching reference with attribution!)  Even in May I kept thinking I’d better practice just in case. No Fair for me this year, but I […]

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The 2022 Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out Is Almost Here!

  Yep, it’s that time again to sketch at the Minnesota State Fair. Artist LMNOP is hosting. A map showing the meeting place (the same outdoor food court  between the Food Building and Ag-Hort Building that’s been used before) and other details are in the linked post. There will be a 9 a.m. and 3 […]

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Sometimes Even A Fun-to-Draw Beard Isn’t Sufficient Inducement to Watch a TV Show

I watch a lot of TV. This has always been true. And I often sketch while watching TV. The other day, before I canceled Comcast Cable TV (because for over 6 months they had been sending technicians to fix a pixelation and no-picture random-reboot situation) I caught a brief few moments of “Mud, Sweat, and […]

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Sketching Masks in Public

I carry a small square Hahnemühle Toned Watercolor Journal in my purse. It’s useful for the doctor’s office visits. I ended up sketching a thumbnail of the glasses shop across from the waiting room after all.  

Detail of the painting so you can see the brush pen sketch lines and the thickness of the watercolor I was using in an opaque manner.

Sketching on Any Old Paper You Have At Hand

Sometimes we can get into our heads. We can spend time telling ourselves all the reasons we can’t take time right now and paint.  As a teacher for over 30 years I think I’ve heard every excuse there is: no space to set up, don’t have the materials I want to work with; I don’t […]

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Visiting Minnesota—A Drawing Student’s Question

Recently a former Sketchbook Skool Student wrote to me asking me what to see when she was in Minnesota. (Evidently she was traveling here to go up north in Wisconsin for a drawing class at one of the resorts.) Of course whenever you ask someone a question like that you are taking into account their […]

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Sketch People From All Angles

  It’s important to sketch people from all angles. Actually to sketch the SAME person from all angles. If you can’t get out and about ask your housemates (significant other, children, Aged P, guests, etc.) to let you sketch them while they read a book or watch TV. No one around? Not even a dog, […]

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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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OK, I Guess Sometimes I Do Doodle…

A couple months ago I seemed to be living through my own Brendan Gleeson film festival. On this day I was sketching without glasses (if everything is double vision isn’t blurred vision an evening out or smoothing out of the lines?) without stopping the movie. That meant I had to hold things in my mind, […]

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Can’t Resist Those Almost Dried Out Brush Pens

Because of some equipment failures and other glitches in the system I’ve been behind in processing journal page scans. Here’s one of my favorites from 2020. This is a sketch, using a dried out brush pen, of the detective in “Dead Still.” I’ve written about the show before. It’s a favorite of mine. It involves […]

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