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I Need To Draw More Cats

I rarely draw cats. Most don’t seem to like me staring at them. (Dogs never seem to mind.) And the heads are so different from canine heads. Let’s face it. If you can draw a dog you can, with adjustment, draw all bears, raccoons, fishers, martins, foxes, wolves, hyenas, and hundreds of species I’m just […]

Detail of color pencil sketch on Stonehenge Aqua Hot Press.

Stonehenge Aqua Review Part 3—Color Pencil on the Hot Press Surface

This is part three in a multi-part review of Stonehenge Aqua. Please click here to view part one. If you wish to read part two please click here. At two future posts will deal with the hot press version of this paper and a wrap up. If you think I’m fussy about which brand and […]

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It’s Fun To Change Media Now And Then

Sometimes if you’ve been working steadily in one medium it’s good to take a break and do some sketching with a totally different medium. I’d been sketching so much with pen and watercolor before the Minnesota State Fair that I decided to start a sketchbook for color pencil quick sketches. (I say quick sketches because […]

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Working on Hahnemühle’s Expression Watercolor Paper

I would have sworn that I had already written a review of the Expression (100 percent cotton, cold press, 140 lb.) watercolor paper I’ve been testing. I received a block of this paper at the same time that I received a block of the Harmony paper which is also 140 lb. and is acid free, […]

Mixed media sketch on Zeta—Pentel Dye-based brush pen, water brush, watercolor, acrylic marker background and collage. On most smooth papers I've used the dye-based ink of this particular Pentel brush pen lifts off well and creates interesting effects. That wasn't the case on this paper. Lifting this water-soluble ink on this paper was problematic and even gentle attempts led to pilling of the surface.

Part Four: Working in the Smooth Zeta Soft-bound Journal from Stillman & Birn

Today is part four of a multi-part series on the Stillman & Birn (S&B) smooth surface Zeta journals. You can read part one here. This post deals with some mix-media approaches and some pros and cons I discovered about this paper. You can read part two here. In this post I write a bit  more […]

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Was He Tired Or Was I? (Eyebrow Update)

Above: Quick sketch of Dick in the TV room. I used a non-photo blue pencil in the Seawhite Sketchbook. I'm still scanning away stuff from the Fair. And I've had to be away from the studio for a while, so just a quick post today. Dick looks pretty tired here and I wonder why. Perhaps […]

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The Puzzle of Eyebrows

Above: Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Water-soluble color pencil used dry (Indanthrone blue), in an 8 x 8 inch Seawhite sketchbook. While I’m busy this week coming and going from the Fair I set up some short posts in advance, just to keep in touch. Here’s a little sketch of CR made during one of our chats. […]

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Drawing as a Diagnostic Tool

Above: Sketches made while watching a movie—using one of those Cretacolor pencils that has multiple colors in the tip. This is the BEFORE image, the sketch made while I was stable on a group of allergy medications that had worked well for me for some time. This past month has been “interesting.” March was also […]

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Family Members Often Make the Best Models

  Above: Dark purple Prismacolor Pencil sketch in an 7.5 inch square handbound book containing Nideggen paper. You can clearly see the wavy laid texture in the background and clothing. I love this paper. This is CR, Dick's 94-year-old father, sitting quietly, posing for me. I had just given him a hair cut. It wasn't […]

Prismacolor sketch of Dick as he sat on the couch in the TV room. I took another crack at those eyebrows. 7.5 inch square handmade journal with Nideggen paper. Note: I don't usually let my mull show at the gutter, but this particular book was made in a class where one of the students mis-tore all his paper when I looked away for 30 seconds (really). After that I never looked away from him more than 10 seconds so my book has a very "gestural" aspect. But the student did leave class with a completed book!

Nideggen Is Great for Color Pencil Too

This is one of my favorite sketches of Dick. Nideggen is a great paper, and not just for ink, it works well with dry media like a color pencil as well. In fact, if you want to go really crazy on this toned surface with a full range of color pencils you will not be […]

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