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Working Quickly with the Brush Pen

One of my favorite things to do is to work directly, and quickly with a Pentel Pigmented brush pen. I’ll sit and sketch this way when I’m out and about, or when I’m at home watching TV. If Dick is at home I’ll sketch him this way (though those pesky eyebrows of his cause problems!). […]

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Do You Stop Or Keep Pushing?

One of the things I’m asked most frequently by students is, “When do I know I’m finished with my [painting/sketch]?” I’ve heard many people give the flip response, “When you realize that you’ve gone to far, then you know you should have stopped.” It’s actually more simple and more complex than that. First, yes, if […]

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Drawing Beard Stubble

Even if you don’t enjoy sketching beards as much as I do you owe it to yourself to practice some beards. Why? Because if you enjoy sketching people, some of the people you sketch will have beards. And all those beards will be different.  You’re working on your visual vocabulary. The human face has a […]

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Eyebrow Update: Another Gouache Painting in the Nostalgie Sketchbook

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Dick sitting on the TV room couch. Direct brush painting (orange paint) then some areas of gouache added—using up paint and not getting white paint out. Left: Detail from todays image. Some days I think the journal page says it all. So […]

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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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Another Test in the Seawhite Sketchbook—and Eyebrow Update

Above: Pentel Sepia Brush Pen (dye-based inks, fugitive, water-soluble) in a Seawhite Sketchbook. Quick sketch of Dick in the TV room before bedtime. I'm trying out yet another approach on those Eyebrows! NOTE: The title of this post was in error. I've changed it but not the permalink. It's Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbooks that I'm discussing. […]

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Eyebrow Update: My All-Time Favorite Sketch of Richard and His Eyebrows (so far)

Above: Dick, sketched from life using a non-photo blue pencil, on an 8 x 8 inch page in the Seawhite journal. The writing at the bottom reads "Caran D'Ache Sketcher, non-photo blue; 6.12.16, 5 min. sketch; Dick standing in kitchen, overhead light and side." There seems to be a piece of lint on the scanner, […]

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A Quick Sketch To Work On Simplifying

Above: A quick pen and watercolor sketch in the Moleskine with new whiter paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement and read below for more details. Towards the end of the tester Moleskine that I was filling in May I experimented with the scale and size of things I sketched. I also did […]

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Tools and Subject Matter—Over a Life of Sketching

Above: A 10 minute sketch using a carbon-black ink felt-tipped brush pen sketch of Dick in the TV Room—focusing on Contours after a wearing day. Background: Montana marker. 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal page spread. (If you can't read the text, you can see a typed version at the end of this post.) […]

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Project Friday: Breaking Our Color Habits

Left: 9 x 12 inch brush pen and watercolor sketch. See details in the post's text. I don’t use a lot of green. I don’t often paint landscapes. I don’t have a lot of green in the house (though now I look, I do see a photo archive box that is a lovely dark green, […]

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