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In Context: Quotations

Reading is a way to have conversations when you’re alone in a room. You and the author, trying to decipher what the characters are …

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In Context: Look and Look Again

Just a peek into one of my journals as I watch a baking show and sketch.  I have the sketches numbered as to order. The first gets at some of the bland but noticeable details, but no likeness. The second goes a bit past likeness and captures something a bit more fun. Giving yourself immediate […]

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One More Thing about Tools Changing the Way We Draw

This is part three of a 3-part series on how our drawing tools change the way we draw. Part one is here. And part two was Monday and you can toggle back to it using the navigation links at the base of this post. I have focused on pens with different tips. You can expand your […]

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Reading Notes–from Delano Ames

What strikes you as important? Memorable? When you hear or read something do you jot it down? I’m always making reading notes. They have absolutely (usually, as now) nothing to do with my sketches on the page. They were just part of the same day. I jot them down, and move on. I do find […]

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Happy Halloween

You can click on the image and read the caption to know what’s going on. I still am impressed with this judge that she put all this make-up on. Even though I find clowns very scary (what with Bozo and John Wayne Gacy and…) sometimes you’re just compelled to draw something. Pre-Halloween, as I mentioned […]

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Quick Studies

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you’ve got time for a quick study. Focus on the details that matter the most to you. On somedays it might be a nose, a forehead, a hand, some shoes, or a color scheme. Often it’s little bits of light. Overtime, if you look back at your quick […]

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In Context: Notes While Reading…

I’m always writing things down. I’m always working on hat brims!

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Journal Pages Just Happen: That’s Part of the Fun

One evening I found myself really digging in and overworking the black wool on the head of a sheep. It was one of those scribbly moments. A sheep flashed on the TV and I blocked it in (I’ve drawn hundreds and hundreds of sheep so I wanted to see if I could do a memory […]

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The Freedom of Quick, Loose Sketches for Your Drawing Skills

Over the last 35 years and hundreds of students have confessed to me that they “don’t have time to sketch,” or that they “were physically too ill to sketch.” I always respond that you can always find time, and even if ill you can get something down on paper that will be useful to you […]

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Things Happen When You Sketch Directly In Ink

Things happen when you sketch directly in ink and you just have to learn to live with them. (Though you can do another sketch, or put in correction marks if that suits your purpose, I’m just saying…) It doesn’t bother me that this sketch of a character actor gave him a cross-eyed view. I love […]

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