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A Little Bit of Spring from Noel B. Pugh and Cheong Ah Huwang

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Direct Sketching with Pen and Ink: Sort of—a Variation

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More Direct Sketching with Pen and Ink

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Direct Sketching with Pen and Ink: Drawing Birds and Animals from Life—Yet Another Look

Above: Staedtler Pigment Liner .3 on defunct drawing paper in an 8 x 8 inch journal I made. Light washes of gouache added to the bottom sketch. Click on the image and view an enlargement. Since I began my series on "direct sketching with pen and ink" last week I have received a number of […]


Direct Sketching with Pen and Ink: Drawing Birds and Animals from Life—Another Look

See the full post for details and another drawing from the March 6 Como Zoo trip.


Direct Sketching with Pen and Ink: Just Jump into the Deep End of the Swimming Pool

The full post is about my thoughts on sketching directly with pen and ink (without using pencil first).

Marty Harris Packs His Moleskine with 1,450 Pounds

See the post for links to Marty’s Fair sketches and other great sketches from the Fair by a variety of artists.


First Page Spread in My International Fake Journal Month Journal


Above: The first page spread in my fake journal, started April 1, 2009 (my persona writes the date Year-Month-Date). Click on the image for an enlargement.

This week has been exhausting but interesting. I had to juggle a lot of things. One of those things was the start of IFJM, the other was jury duty. I'll be posting about the later sometime soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to post the opening  spread to my IFJM journal to give people an idea of the approach I'm taking.


It’s Not Waterproof until It’s Waterproof


Above: An ink-test page from my current journal which uses Velin Arches (formerly Arches Text Wove) for text paper. I was concerned about bleeding ink lines with pens usually dependable in their waterproof qualities. (My rubber chicken puppet Gert is always willing to be a test subject.) The page size is approximately 6.5 x 8.5 inches. The right side of the page spread didn't fit on the scanner, but it isn't crucial. The page tab in the center of the spread is from a page I removed when I started the journal; something I do to make room for eventual collaged items. Click on the image to see an enlargement.

So is it bad Karma or the phases of the moon, or more likely the change in humidity as the earth gives up the last of the melting snow moisture into the air? And of course one can’t discount manufacturing tweaks and changes in the products and papers used. But whatever is causing “the change” in how my pens have been working on Velin Arches the last two weeks, it has made me out of sorts. My favorite waterproof pens have been bleeding when I paint over the ink lines.

Thinking About Sketchbooks On-line

The last several weeks I have been looking about on the internet for sketchbooks. I like looking in people's sketchbooks and more and more people are putting their sketchbooks up on the internet. I wanted to share these links with you so that you have some eye-candy to inspire you over the weekend. Everyone approaches the sketchbook or visual journal differently and that should encourage you to experiment and find a visual voice that works for you as you record the world around you or simply work on your drawing skills.

As far as I can remember I think I read on one page Flaf is an architect. As is typical for me, I can never get back to the same page twice! At any rate Flaf draws the environment he finds himself in and his renderings look effortless. He has a wonderful eye for knowing which details to include and which to omit. He is a master at creating compositional focus.

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