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Why Character Actors Make the Best Models

This sketch of a character actor in an historical drama (set in the 1930s) is not exaggerated. This is how he looked (essentially, OK there is always some exaggeration when you draw directly with ink, because if a line goes a little wonky I simply keep going…) It’s no secret, especially when I work with […]

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Victorian Top Hats and the Evolution of the T-shirt

Late at night  I sometimes curl up with my journal and sketch Victorian Fashion, specifically top hats. Since I started the week with a doodle of a man in a top hat, I thought I would continue along with more Victorian top hats. Watching dramatizations of the books of Charles Dickens will provide you with […]

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The Fun of a Bold Brush Line

A new pigment brush pen and a fresh page in a smooth-surfaced lined paper journal: what could be better than that? This is one of my sketches of actor Alun Armstrong. I did a project where I drew him (multiple times) every day in March last year. (#MarchIsSketchAlunArmstrongMonth; look it up, a couple other people […]

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Television: Frank of Ireland

  There are some televisions shows I can’t really tell you about—you just need to experience them. To tell you specifics of “Frank of Ireland” (available on Amazon Prime) would be to spoil all the little and large discoveries you’ll make along the crazy, hilarious way. Frank is a 32-year-old would-be musician who lives at […]

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Can’t Resist Those Almost Dried Out Brush Pens

Because of some equipment failures and other glitches in the system I’ve been behind in processing journal page scans. Here’s one of my favorites from 2020. This is a sketch, using a dried out brush pen, of the detective in “Dead Still.” I’ve written about the show before. It’s a favorite of mine. It involves […]

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Sketching as Fast as I Can

Page spread from a journal I bound using the 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico  Watercolor Paper. I was watching “As Yet Untitled with Alan Davies,” and trying to keep all the angles and values in my mind before they moved off one guest to another, but sometimes came back again when they were in a different […]

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Lines: Achieving a Likeness with Different Approaches

I love working in a series just in an evening—sketching the same subject over and over to see how I can approach it with different tools, media, or even just something like line which is infinitely variable. I’ve posted three sketches of British actor Robert Morley in this post. I became a fan of his […]

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In Context: The Beginning of One of Those Emotional Entanglements…

Another Delano Ames quotation. (Hahnemühle Travel Journal.) “He gulped sentimentally.” Ah to have written that, what a perceptive way to see a dog.

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In Context—Quotations from Revisited Books

The one highlight of going through my books and culling things out is that I’ve been able to re-read books out-of-sight for 20 or more years.  It’s like saying hello to old friends. With Delano Ames it’s a very insightful friend.

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More Great TV News: New Episodes of “Mock the Week”

If you’ve been playing the home game of “How Many UK Television Shows Does Roz Watch Anyway?” you’ll be pleased to know that one of my favorite shows has new episodes out in the US. (BritBox) “Mock the Week” is back in a covid manifestation with perspex partitions between the comics and a Zoom audience. […]

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