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Still More about Scribbling

This is part three of a three-part series on some scribbling portraits I’ve been working on. Check Monday’s and Wednesday’s posts from this week for the others. After a few sketches it seemed obvious to me that I needed to try a female subject. I find it difficult to sketch women. Wait, not difficult, simply […]

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More Scribbling

When I use an approach that appeals to me or interests me in some way I want to try it again to see if I can apply it to different subjects. After I sketched the image shown in Monday’s post I spent several days making experiments. I scribbled with all sorts of pens, with all […]

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Playing with Lines, Scribbling…

As the caption states, I was trying something new when I drew this. I used a couple different pens and then added watercolor washes. But when I was working with the pens I didn’t try to consider my lines carefully and keep them to a minimum—I scribbled. It was great fun. And I felt that […]

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Piecemeal Style Portrait of Two Dogs

Today’s sketch is one of my favorites of my year so far. I made it using a Sktchy muse photo for inspiration and in the photos of my working process you’ll be able to see how I pull a photo up on my iPad and position the iPad to work, whether at a drawing table […]

Hair—Something I Love To Sketch

One of the things that attracts my eye to a possible face to sketch is the hair of that person. I like it when people get inventive with their hairstyles. It’s a little bit of living vicariously for me, because as you might know I haven’t changed my hairstyle since I was in my twenties!  […]

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Playing Around with Dry-Brush Effects

Above: Sketch made from the TV, watching a "Top Chef." This is one of the competitors. Pentel pigment ink squeezable brush pen. In a Flex Book sketchbook, which I'll review next week. Choices about ink delivery can be important to the over all look of your sketch. And while this sketch has a definite messy […]

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Likeness vs. Caricature: Is It Ever Really Clear Cut?

Above: Two gouache portraits in my 7 1/2 inch square journal that I made with Nideggen. You can see some of the toned paper coming through in the face on the left. None of the paper is showing on the right. The drawings were done independently of each other and even though they are on […]

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Proportions and Features: Eyeballing vs. Systems

Left: Selfie made while looking in the bathroom mirror. A 7 x 7 inch, approx. journal (turned on its side so I could have a vertical) I made with Niddegen. I used a fiber-tipped brush pen containing Platinum Carbon Black ink cartridges. I'm wearing my favorite T-shirt—a 25 year old Lake Street Shirt design, given […]

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Date That Photo

Above: Read today's post for thoughts about the above photo of me and Dick. Click on the photo to see an enlargement. Everyone seems to be posting “Throwback Thursday” stuff on Facebook all the time. I don’t know how that got started or how it really works (if it's linked to some trigger). But I […]

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In the Not Too Distant Past: Thinking about Styles

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