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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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Super Granulating Watercolors from Schmincke

I’ve looked and looked and can’t find that I’ve posted HERE on RozWoundUp about these Schmincke super granulating watercolors. (I still haven’t reconstructed my digital database so I can’t search through it!) You will have seen a quick speed through of this demonstration on my Instagram. But I find the vertical format and the short, […]

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I Liked Dried Out Pen Lines

Here’s another of my Fair Goer sketchers from a photo Earth’s World captured at a West Coast Fair. (See #earthsworld, @earthsworld on Instagram and Flicker; Earth permits artists to use the photos as sketching reference with attribution!)  I was using a very dried out pen. I have replaced it since then (May) of course, and run […]

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Sketching Fair Goers without a Fair

I spent the year sketching Fair Goers who Earth’s World had captured at Fairs and Festivals. (See #earthsworld, @earthsworld on Instagram and Flicker; Earth permits artists to use the photos as sketching reference with attribution!)  Even in May I kept thinking I’d better practice just in case. No Fair for me this year, but I […]

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Paper Nostalgia

Paper nostalgia is that pull and desire to work on a particular type of paper that you haven’t worked on in some time. I was trying to organize some of my images in my database and came across this one from almost a year ago. I felt an immediate wave of paper nostalgia. My first thought […]

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In Context: More Watercolor Sketching on Drawing Paper

  Rounding the week out with another short post to balance Monday’s. Here’s another brush pen and watercolor sketch in my last Hahnemühle Travel Journal. I was patient this time and there was no paper pilling. This is an actor from one of my favorite shows “Brokenwood Mysteries.” I sketch “Frodo” a lot. There is […]

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Another Bit of Brush Pen and Ink Wash

      In 2021 I drew a lot of sketches of actor Alun Armstrong. Many were sketches in my journals. It was a project I did—#MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth. As I go through and work on rebuilding my digital archive it’s fun to come across these sketches and be reminded of the fun of trying to decipher […]

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Thinking about Ink Wash

Last week I started another one of these notebooks with printed ink lines. I always have a book like this near the TV so I can sketch if the mood takes me.  This sketch is from spring 2021. It seems a lifetime ago. Back then Niji water brushes were what I was used to when […]

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Yep, The Posts Are Shorter…for Now

A kind reader wrote to me last week and said, “Do you know your full blog posts aren’t being posted? I get your email notice of a new post, click on the post, and when I get to the blog there is no additional text.” Of course I went right away to check things out. […]

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In Context: What Goes on the Journal Page?

There are a lot of ways to work out what needs to go down on your journal page. The most obvious way is to think about the overall design and layout of the page or page spread. I see a lot of visual journaling students tie themselves in knots as they compose a page—thinking where […]

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