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Another Test in the Seawhite Sketchbook—and Eyebrow Update

Above: Pentel Sepia Brush Pen (dye-based inks, fugitive, water-soluble) in a Seawhite Sketchbook. Quick sketch of Dick in the TV room before bedtime. I'm trying out yet another approach on those Eyebrows! NOTE: The title of this post was in error. I've changed it but not the permalink. It's Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbooks that I'm discussing. […]

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Some Ideas Get Lodged in Your Head: Working in Series—and On Being Dangerous

Above: A a warm-up page spread from a smallish, 5 x 7 inch journal I made with Arches Text Wove (Velin). I've been carrying this journal around because it is small and doesn't add to the bulk of what I usually have to carry. This week I'm sharing some pages from my journals that show a […]

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Eyebrow Update: My All-Time Favorite Sketch of Richard and His Eyebrows (so far)

Above: Dick, sketched from life using a non-photo blue pencil, on an 8 x 8 inch page in the Seawhite journal. The writing at the bottom reads "Caran D'Ache Sketcher, non-photo blue; 6.12.16, 5 min. sketch; Dick standing in kitchen, overhead light and side." There seems to be a piece of lint on the scanner, […]

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Getting Something Down On Paper (And Another Eyebrow Update)

Left: Quick Platinum Carbon Felt-Tipped Brush Pen Sketch of Dick in the TV Room, using up leftover gouache—I really needed to put out more blue to keep my mixes consistent, but I wanted to keep going. Shinola Sketchbook 8 x 9.5 inches turned vertically so the spread becomes 16 inches tall. I'm playing with scale […]

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Cynicism, Hope, and Painting’s Life Lessons

Above: Sketch of Dick sitting in the TV room next to a bright light. Read below for details. Friday was movie night and we watched “Welcome to Happiness.” It’s a quirky film that doesn’t have super heroes, mutants, or trips into galaxies far, far away. I enjoyed almost every moment, though more than once I […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned About Aging

Above: A quick ink and watercolor sketch of Phyl as she colors in her adult botanical coloring book. (She likes one from Lisa Congdon—and frankly I think Lisa’s are the best as the images are NOT psychedelically rendered with minute spaces too small for elderly eyes to color in. Besides having nicely sized shapes they […]

Some Thoughts on the Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pens

Above: Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (bold) with Daniel Smith Watercolors. Please note the washes you see here are watercolor NOT ink washes. You cannot make washes with this pen. This sketch is in a Moleskine Sketchbook with the new whiter and toothier paper. Toward the end of my time in my test Moleskine I wanted […]

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Dick Is Not An Elf

Above: Quick pen and watercolor sketch in the Moleskine (new paper) I was testing. Read below for more details. The test Moleskine that I finished in a couple weeks in May is sitting on the table waiting to be indexed (a 10 minute operation I just haven’t had time to do because I’m keeping my […]

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Quick Stop at Como Zoo

Above: Quick sketch of two ostriches on the verso page, then a more detailed head study on the recto page. One of the birds had wandered off to the edge of the paddock and we followed it. It was standing right at the fence peering over at the crowds so I was about 6 feet away […]

Moleskine Myths: They Open Flat?

Above: A quick sketch of Dick sitting on the TV room couch next to a bright light. I worked in a new Moleskine with the whiter, more absorbent paper. Look at the gutter area and the offset that prevented me from working across the page. There’s flat and then there’s flat. People who use Moleskines […]

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