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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 […]
I’m the first person to encourage people to finish what they start. In fact I encourage people to push past the point where they think they have finished, because until you “break” a few sketches you don’t really know where that point of finish resides. But I also wanted to put a word in today […]
Another Delano Ames quotation. (Hahnemühle Travel Journal.) “He gulped sentimentally.” Ah to have written that, what a perceptive way to see a dog.
During July I’ll continue my discussion of dog portraits. Subscribers can watch me sketch this ink portrait. I’ll also look at minimal line and wash approaches to sketching a white dog. I hope you’ll come and join the conversation.
OK you’ve read over and over on the blog that I love drawing with pens that are drying out. BUT… Someone has to get serious and march around the house and throw out all the really dried out pens. It’s time to start fresh. On the evening of this drawing if a fresh pen had […]
But in June I’m going to paint some dogs. Of course. I just wanted to give you a heads up about what’s happening on my Patreon site in May 2021. There I’ve already got a video up discussing making a study portrait. I’ll be discussing this topic throughout the month. Tiers 2 and 3 […]
On Monday I was able to sit in on a Zoom meeting with members of the Minnesota Visual Journaling Collective. I had some trouble with my Zoom set up and I couldn’t access my camera at first, and then I couldn’t make the grid view visible. That meant I had to wait until someone spoke […]
Learn from Pluto? Yep, the dog, not the planet or the cartoon dog. Pluto Living is a YouTube channel that has PSAs (Pluto Service Announcements) from Pluto the dog. This dog is an older miniature Schnauzer (if I’m remembering correctly). Her name is Pluto and she is concerned about the issues stressing two-leggeds in the […]
Lately I’ve found that because I always see double I have been spending a lot of time thinking about “the single line” and what is the minimal amount that you can do with line. Dogs are a useful subject to practice these theories on. Paper matters so much in this exploration. In the second image […]
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