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Warm Up Sketches and a Watercolor Portrait Demo

  I made the above sketch in June of this year when my bronchitis was just ramping up. After a couple warm up sketches I ended up making what is currently my favorite sketch of the year. (I framed it and hung it on the wall as a reminder to me of all the fun […]

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A Watercolor Sketch of Alun Armstrong

Alun Armstrong’s character in “New Tricks” wears a knitted watch cap in many episodes. And so in March 2021 when I was sketching him every day I ended up sketching him in such a cap quite a lot. That’s fine because I think it’s fun to sketch knitted textures.  Here is the sketch before I […]

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More Alun Armstrong and More Messing about with a Dried Out Pen

I keep returning to Alun Armstrong the subject of my 31-day March 2021 project—I keep finding more drawings that didn’t get scanned because my backup equipment failed. (Issues still not resolved, making it very interesting here.) I just wrote a post last week about using a dried out brush pen and if you missed that […]

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Tips on Drawing with a Dried Out Brush Pen (or Marker for that Matter)

At the left is the sketch I’ll be demonstrating in my video below. A persistent cough for the past 3 months has kept me from being chatty on my sketching videos. Most of these sketch videos end up as pieces for my Patreon demonstration site. But if I’m working silently to avoid coughing when I […]

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Missing the Fair

I’m still feeling waves of Fair deprivation.  Happily while I can’t go to a fair yet, Earth of Earth’s World has been going to fairs. I asked, and Earth is happy for artists to sketch from the photos up on the website if you give attribution. #Earthsworld if you’re on Instagram. Here’s a sketch I […]

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My Favorite Type of Hair to Sketch

I was so caught up writing about sketching hair that I forgot to mention my favorite hair to sketch: Stubble. Here is Alton Brown from the Food Network, the star/host of many shows I devour.  He is sporting both beard stubble and scalp stubble. The Pentel Brush Pen with pigment ink creates such a bold […]

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Adventures with Unknown Paper

A few years ago I stopped in at Wet Paint and there was a box of 22 x 30 inch paper on the paper counter. “What’s this?” I asked. To make a long story short it was a mystery paper sent by a mill by mistake. When they called the mill to fix the order […]

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I Forgot to Tell You About September on Patreon

I just realized, in putting up the new blog side bar image for OCTOBER that I forgot to put up the one for September. I’m sorry because it was a great month—8 videos (the last one goes up on Monday). I focused on preparing for a project and working in ink (dip pen, brush pen, […]

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Fun Sketching Hair Part 3

Update October 19, 2021: I just posted the sketching session video which includes this sketch. Check out this post for this and another warm up sketch, followed by a watercolor sketch portrait. Of course it was the hair and beard that made me want to sketch this portrait! But starting with the small rectangle of […]

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Fun Sketching Hair Part 2

Hairdos in the 1960s were lots of fun. A range from short to long for men. Here’s an actor from an episode of “Perry Mason” with a short hairdo. 1960s hipster in a turtle neck—not a mock. For me, drawing this hair, it was all about finding a way to describe some edges and walls […]

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