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Gouache In the Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: In the 8.27 x 11.69 inch (A4) size Hahnemühle Nostalie Journal I sketched this finch from pet store photos. I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy pen and then painted with gouache. I played with different layers and reworked areas, specifically in the background because I wanted to push the paper—it was so fun to put paint […]

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I Go Into Facial Overwhelm and Play with Pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors

Left: Lukas Pan Watercolors (with pink Montana Marker background) on a Pentel Brush Pen (pigment) in an 8 inch square Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Note: In this post I'm writing about pre-2004 Lukas Watercolors, read the whole post for the complete story to avoid product confusion. The availability […]

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Hahnemühle’s Nostalgie Paper Is Now In Elegant Sketchbooks!

Above: First sketch in my new Large A4 Nostalgie Sketchbook with Pentel Brush Pen (pigment, squeezy handle). Click on the image to view an enlargement. In August I received an email from Hahnemühle announcing their new sketchbook line containing Nostalgie paper. (Nostalgia is a 190 gsm natural white paper that has a smooth surface and is […]

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More Watercolor in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Here’s another graphite and watercolor portrait from my series “learning a face.” It also happens to be in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook which is 8 x 8 inches square (the one I’m working in). (Click on it to view an enlargement.) Continue reading as I review working in watercolor in the Seawhite in this […]

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Sketching with the Kimberly 9XXB in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Left: Kimberly 9XXB in Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I decided that it would be good to do a quick pencil sketch to really concentrate on the proportions of my friend’s face. That’s what I’m showing you today. It’s a good likeness, but it ages him considerably, in […]

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A Bit of Watercolor in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Note: I discovered while creating this post that I've been listing this commercially bound journal as "Seabright" not "Seawhite." I apologize for the confusion if this has caused you any. I just have to plead stress and exhaustion from some family duties. I'm not using this journal every day and I simply failed one day […]

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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. Click on the image to view an enlargement. 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 […]

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Learning a New Face

Above: Water-soluble ink brush pen and light layers of gouache in a Shinola Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. For the past several months, off and on. I've been drawing a friend who has been kind enough to mug for the camera—all those faces that pass in an instant that I wanted to […]

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We Train Each Other Bit By Bit

  Left: CR after his haircut and walk, sitting as still as can be. Ink pen and watercolor on an 8 inch square page in a Seawhite journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes learning happens slowly, without us noticing it. In August after I cut CR’s hair Dick took him for a […]

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Why Add Fragrances to Rubber Stamp Ink? (Roz Vents)

Above: Ink and gouache sketch, with Memento Rubber Stamp ink details (box bits and stencil). Oh, and Washi tape. It's all on a page in the Shinola Sketchbook that I worked in earlier this year. Click on the image to view an enlargement. It's true, almost all year I've been in such a mood over […]

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