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Protected: In Context: Not the Time To Explain a Vignette

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12 x 16 inch quick sketch with the Pentel Brush Pen with pigmented ink (squeezy barrel) and watercolors.  This is on Nostalgie paper from Hahnemühle.

Thoughts on The Issues Involved in Using Brush Pens

If you’ve never used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PPBP) before getting it going might be a little confusing at first. You need to unscrew the top from the barrel and insert the Pentel ink cartridge. There is a little cylindrical opening at one end of the cartridge. That’s the top. You need to push […]


Not Quite Portrait Friday

Left: A sketch of an elderly woman waiting in the doctor's office. She moved just as I finished the arms and before I could define the fingers, but it was the arms that interested me. I threw the paint on quickly after she was called away. (Cropped down from a page of notes.) Staedtler Pigment […]

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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