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Making Your Own Loose Sheets

For the past several years I’ve really enjoyed working on the paper in the Canson 180 sketchbook. I couldn’t find anywhere to buy the paper unbound. This year, the first week of January, I was about to start another Canson 180 sketchbook. I like to have one going while I have an art-paper journal going. […]

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Tricks of Memory and Make-up

Sometimes we don’t remember things, and sometimes we remember them correctly. Drawing always makes me think about things like this. I was not misremembering, there were actually two actors who played “Dale the Whale” in the TV show “Monk.”

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A Colorful Portrait: I Love Lavender!

Here’s a portrait from 2021 that I haven’t posted. I can’t remember what the blog topic I wanted to address with it was. I look at it now and totally fall in love with the hair and the beard again. I love how it seems to be moving up and around of its own accord. […]

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Three Views of Actor Michael Sheen

Actors can be mercurial, artists can change the way they want to see things just as quickly. In the span of an evening last February I tried out three ways to look at actor Michael Sheen on paper. (When I drew these sketches I was watching an episode of “Prodigal Son,” which I enjoyed and […]

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A Knit Cap in Watercolor

Today’s image is not part of my “Hat” series, but this knit cap is just one of the many hats I find myself drawing all the time. (The journal is in storage but I believe this is from a reference photo Jon Coxwell put on the Museum App by Sktchy.) I was working on a […]

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Stylizing Stuart…

Stuart Goss is a “muse” on the Museum App by Sktchy. He’s one of the models that I have drawn a lot of sketches of simply because he always does something fun with his beard and his hair. And that means that I get to play around stylizing—simplifying, exaggerating. I’m thankful for models from all […]

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In 2018 I Did a Project about Hats

Yep, hats; just me drawing people with hats on. Sometimes I worked in my current journal, sometimes I worked on loose sheets for my loose sheets journal. I found some while moving old digital file. Some (when they were on loose sheets) might end up on the wall. I stopped looking for people in hats […]

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My Favorites Are Not Your Favorites; It’s a Good Thing

It always momentarily amazes me which paintings I post on Instagram get the most likes. Paintings I absolutely love usually gain low scores. Dogs and chickens are popular. I understand that. I offer this comment here for past students who may wonder why people are not falling in love with the painting they just posted […]

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More Found Journal Pages…

Here’s a page spread of contour drawings from my “cataract surgery year” I just found. Both surgeries were past and we knew I’d be living permanently with the flare, glare, and double vision. But I still wanted to get my daily drawing in. And I believe I wanted to say something about using different pen […]

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Bringing Some Files Up-to-date

I’ve been attempting to reorganize past sketching files and blog post ideas. Images pop up in the search and I think I might have already posted about them. Instead I discover that I’ve only posted a cropped portion on Instagram. I haven’t posted the full image or written about it. And it was in my […]

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