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Sketching with the Kimberly 9XXB in the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Left: Kimberly 9XXB in Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook. I decided that it would be good to do a quick pencil sketch to really concentrate on the proportions of my friend’s face. That’s what I’m showing you today. It’s a good likeness, but it ages him considerably, in part because I didn’t finish the hair. Why, […]


Likeness vs. Caricature: Is It Ever Really Clear Cut?

Above: Two gouache portraits in my 7 1/2 inch square journal that I made with Nideggen. You can see some of the toned paper coming through in the face on the left. None of the paper is showing on the right. The drawings were done independently of each other and even though they are on […]


Seeking a Likeness: More Sketches of Richard

Left: A 9 x 12 inch page in a Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media Journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Montana Markers. If you hold your hand over the forehead this one actually looks like Dick! I have continued to sketch Dick through the fall and into the winter, usually when he is watching TV. […]


Sketching People: Richard as Life Model

Left: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Golden QoR watercolor in a handbound (5 x 7 inch) journal made of Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Paper; journal turned vertically so spine is parallel to the floor. I have said this before numerous times and written about it numerous times—I have a heck of a time sketching […]


Don’t Worry if You Don’t Get a Likeness—That’s What I’m Telling Myself

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