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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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Series Television’s Response To The Pandemic

There have been numerous ways that series television has responded to the constraints and realities imposed on production by the Pandemic. This is one of my favorites: Comedians sitting on couches watching episodes of “House Hunters.”

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Since I Was on the Topic of Hair…

Hair, it’s one of the things that pulls me to draw a portrait. How does that person have his or her hair? I am particularly susceptible to Jane Austen dramatizations—so much wonderful 18th century or 19th century hair depending on how the film decides to go with fashion at the cusp of time. Or anything […]

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In Context: Wake Up and Sketch

  I couldn’t resist the title to today’s post—I think everyone needs to sketch of course. But also, if you end up waking up because of outside street noise, don’t stress, just sketch.

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When Your Brush Pen Dries Out…Keep Drawing

There’s a moment when your brush pen starts to run out of ink, but it’s not quite dry yet. In fact if you let it rest for a little bit part way through a drawing it seems to get a second wind in only a few minutes. If you can’t wait that long, simply have […]

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From Last Year, A Trip To Urgent Care

You may see the thumbnail for the art in this post and think either Dick or I are ill. We are fine! This journal spread is from last year in November 2019. Dick had a weird infection in his elbow and so I went with him to Urgent Care.   The phlebotomist wasn’t really tracking. I […]

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Suggesting Hair Mass with Line

You don’t always have to use ink or paint wash to show volume in hair. I love working in the Hahnemühle Travel Journal. (See also the Hahnemühle Travel Book category.) It contains paper suitable for drawing and for pen and ink. I’ve used it for that in this sketch. Sometimes I also do washes on […]

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The Beauty of Hair

Some people take enormous effort to create a statement with their hair. Their innovative hairstyles are a delight for anyone who sketches.  I feel odd writing about the beauty of hair when showing a sketch of a young man. I feel I must use the more “masculine” word “handsome,” but I think that’s some linguistic […]

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Using More Than One Type of Pen

The mood we want to achieve in a finished illustration influences what type of pen we choose to work with—what type of line we want to express. It’s obvious when I started to sketch this I was pulled by interest in the facial hair and short hair on the head, as well as the height […]

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