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Some Ideas Get Lodged in Your Head: Working in Series—and On Being Dangerous

Above: A a warm-up page spread from a smallish, 5 x 7 inch journal I made with Arches Text Wove (Velin). I've been carrying this journal around because it is small and doesn't add to the bulk of what I usually have to carry. This week I'm sharing some pages from my journals that show a […]

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Eyebrow Update: My All-Time Favorite Sketch of Richard and His Eyebrows (so far)

Above: Dick, sketched from life using a non-photo blue pencil, on an 8 x 8 inch page in the Seawhite journal. The writing at the bottom reads "Caran D'Ache Sketcher, non-photo blue; 6.12.16, 5 min. sketch; Dick standing in kitchen, overhead light and side." There seems to be a piece of lint on the scanner, […]

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Cynicism, Hope, and Painting’s Life Lessons

Above: Sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room next to a bright light. Read below for details. Friday was movie night and we watched “Welcome to Happiness.” It’s a quirky film that doesn’t have super heroes, mutants, or trips into galaxies far, far away. I enjoyed almost every moment, though more than once I […]

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Quick Stop at Como Zoo

Above: Quick sketch of two ostriches on the verso page, then a more detailed head study on the recto page. One of the birds had wandered off to the edge of the paddock and we followed it. It was standing right at the fence peering over at the crowds so I was about 6 feet away […]

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Still Working Out What To Do About Those Eyebrows

Left: Water-soluble color pencil (Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer) and watercolor on Arches Cold Press Watercolor Board (8 x 10 inch board). Even though International Fake Journal Month is over I'm still working on that Arches Cold Press Watercolor Board with Watercolors. And Dick is still patiently sitting while I sketch him from life.  But now I'm shining […]

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Another Eyebrow Update

Above: Here's a quick contour drawing I made of Dick as he sat on the couch in the TV room—for all the folks keeping track of those eyebrows! I was working in the 6 x 8.5 inch Prat FlexBook Sketchbook with the Sakura Pigma Sensei Pen. (Just one thickness, but I did go over the […]

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The Eyebrow Update

Above: Click on the image to view an enlargement (and read the text), and read below if you want to know more about the sketch. Today’s post is for all the friends and fans of Dick who, like me, are wondering just when his eyebrows might make their play to take over the world. This […]

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Graphitints Revisited and Paper

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Before leaving the topic of Graphitints I wanted to make a comment about the blog comments, or some of them, because several people writing in had questions and I wasn’t sure how best to address them. So I’m going to do that in this post rather than answer the individual emails. This might not be protocol for blogs but it is going to work for me this morning, while I also work out some more features of this blogging software.

1. When buying art materials realize that a lot of companies don’t care that what they are selling isn’t archival because there is a huge buying population that also doesn’t care. (We need to find that buying

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