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Friends Who Really Get You—And Why We Need To Work To Keep Them

Above: Page spread from the smaller (8.5  x 11 inches or so) Japanese Lined Journal that I actually cased in. Pentel pigmented ColorBrush with fine tip and color with Montana Marker, 15 mm tip. Lately I've found myself liking the negative space so much that sometimes I can't bring myself to write anything. It's an […]


Faces and Page Layout

Above: Page spread from a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. I created the grid with masking tape, sketched and painted the faces one evening while watching TV. I'd been too busy during the day to sketch anything and wanted to sketch before I went to bed. All were sketched with a Pentel Pocket […]


There’s Something Marvelous about the Noses on Character Actors

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch filled in with various Montana Acrylic Markers, in an 8.5 x 11 inch (approx.) Japanese Lined Journal (which yes I still need to make a video of and have promised forever!) I cut my right index finger which I use to scroll with the mouse, and of course to […]


Dove Chocolate Days and What I Think of Cheery Messages on Labels; Oh, and Another View of Richard

Left: Bienfang Watercolor brush (magenta; also red on the collar), Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Montana Acrylic Markers in various colors. (There's that lilac I mixed and love so much.) Dick watching TV while I sketched him on a page in a 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media wirebound journal. "It's a '10-pieces-of-Dove-Day," I […]


Wrapping Up The Week With Richard

Left: 9 x 12 inch portrait of Dick in a wirebound Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. Sketched with a Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pen (Magenta) and then painted over with layers of acrylic Montana Markers (15 and 30 MM tips; but a fine tip on the white leaky Sharpie Poster Paint pen I used in […]


Richard Is A Very Patient Model

Left: An unflattering portrait of Dick as he reclined on the couch wearing his cold-weather hat. The hat has flaps at the ear with long braided tassles on the end of the flaps, and the visible one here is folded back, but the sketch doesn't show that clearly. This was made in a WIRE bound […]


A Fabriano Drawing Paper That’s Fun For Experiments

Left: A3 sized (11.7 x 16.5 inches) Fabriano ecological drawing paper (comes in pads) that I've been using for larger sketches. Pentel brush pen (either the PPBP or the colorbrush one with pigmented ink and a fine tipped brush—didn't note it down). An underlayer of Golden QOR watercolor (Burnt Sienna and Indanthrene blue) and then […]


I Am Not An Easy Person To Live With And Here Is One Reason Why

  Left: 9 x 12 inch page from a wirebound Strathmore Visual Journal with 500 Series Mixed Media Paper. This page was covered with random strokes and solid blocks of color from pen-tip cleaning. (Sometimes my acrylic paint markers pick up some of my linework if I don't allow enough time for the ink to […]


I Don’t Trust the House and Another Piecemeal Style Painting

Left: A really large piecemeal style painting—4 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper, so it's 17 inches wide and 22 inches tall. I saw someone with an interesting head and ear negative space and then I started sketching it from memory directly with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I couldn't remember the odd sweater […]


I Smirk When I Squint

Left: Self portrait on cardstock—the type you make graffiti stencils out of—2.5 x 3.5 inches. Pens listed below. One of my photographer friends gave gave me two very large (over 30 x 40 inches) prints a few years ago—black and white portraits of cowboys. I love them. I have one on the wall in the […]

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