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Another Dog Portrait…

As we leave July and my Patreon discussions about dog portraits I simply wanted to make a case, through one more portrait, about contrast. It’s vital, it draws the eye, it’s fun to build up.  Here’s a sketch from 2018. I liked the textures (and suggested textures) so much that all I wanted was a […]


Contrasty and a New Japanese Gridded Journal

Above: Sketch of Dick using a dye-based Pentel Brush Pen, on lightweight gridded paper in a Japanese notebook that's about 9 x 11.5 inches. I often find that the media and approaches I use to sketch Dick in the evening reflect what I've been talking to my students about. Hence the high contrast image with just […]


Do Something in a Slightly Different Way

Above: Direct brush potrait using Daniel Smith sepia watercolor (with a little bit of red earth and a dot of blue contaminating my brush in a couple places) in a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. (I was painting with a size 14 round brush, synthetic, with a good point, and a 1/2 inch […]

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