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Some of the Topics You’ll find on RozInterim/Patreon

The side-bar banners listing what was going on each month on my Patreon/RozInterim site were taking over the side column of my blog, pushing other functions way out of reach. I decided to put the banners into a gallery that you can click through to understand the types of topics discussed on my Patreon/RozInterim subscription […]

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Eyes—What I’m Looking at in June on Patreon

Whether you work in pencil, gouache, watercolor, pen, acrylic, eraser carving, silverpoint, color pencil…it doesn’t matter—rendering eyes is critical to the success of a portrait. The eyes show the character and soul of your subject. You want to get that down for your viewer. You want the gaze of your subject to draw the viewer […]

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John Ruskin: The Father of Modern Sketchbook Practice

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Notan–What It Is and Why You Need to Know about It

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Left: Spotting Notan, a diagram from Arthur Wesley Dow's book Composition: Understanding Line, Notan and Color, ©2007 Dover Publications. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

We learn and then forget things all our lives. Sometimes we learn things and they fall from the top ten useful things we think about everyday, but somehow they still impact us. Notan is one of those things for me. I grew up in a home where a mother with an artistic bent would bring in little bits of beauty (knick knacks, paintings, ceramics) and combine them with other objects to create tableaux of beauty. Because of proximity and travel many of the items that drew my mother’s attention were Japanese. My childhood immersion has created a life-long interest in line and compositional cropping which people might dismiss as, “well that’s just Roz, she designs books after all,” (images are always being cropped for cover design effect or to make interesting chapter opening pages in textbooks). It runs deeper than that. It has to do with notan.

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