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“It’s Carl Week” of Course!

See the full post for details.


More From the In-Studio Journal: Dog Sketches

Above: A 9 x 12 inch spread from my in-studio Fabriano Venezia Journal. Read more below. One of the reasons I'm keeping the in-studio 9 x 12 inch journal is that I'm enjoying working large. Another reason is that it's there and I wanted to use it up. Yet another reason is that I wanted […]


I’m Broken—People and the Pen “Dilemma”

See the post for a couple images and discussion of finding a pen that works, and a bunch of other stuff that I rant about.


Finding a Line Quickly—Deciding What Pen to Use

Full post is a brief discussion of selecting a pen for line quality, but also selecting lines on a face to actually draw.


OK Sometimes You Have To Keep Sketching Dogs Too!

The full post is about taking a dog-break.


Some Painting and Collage for Monday

Post contains thoughts on a recent collage made of two sketches.


Gouache Pears and Collage with Patterned Paper

Gouache painting and collage with some patterned papers.


What My Blog Readers Are Reading

Results of a “what other blogs do you read” survey.


A Weirdo Journal

Journal with Magnani Annigoni Designo paper.


Being Happy with the Little Bits—or Keep on Pushing to See Where It Goes: Part One


Left: Quick portrait sketch, from a 19th Century photograph. Faber Castel Pitt Artists Brush Pen and some light washes of Lukas gouache. The journal is about 8 inches square and I turned it on its side to work vertically. The journal is made with Folio paper, which is a printmaking paper, not a watercolor paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Last week I wanted to practice drawing people, something I don’t do often, frankly I’m more interested in birds. One evening I was up late and I burned through some quick portraits that I am going to write about as a four-part series this week. (Four parts because I wanted to break it down in to smaller chunks for people who stop by every day! Thank you!)

I’ve written before about perfectionism and how that stops people from being productive. I’ve encouraged journal keepers all my life to just get things down on paper and then consider them and move on. We learn things through the practice of keeping a visual journal. One of the most valuable lessons we learn is how the materials we choose to work with actually work. You learn this in a less pressured environment than if you were making a final painting. And we also learn how to push things and how far to push things.

The “think method” advocated by the "Music Man" doesn’t work well when mastering sketching and painting. You actually need to put pen to paper, and brush to paper.

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