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More Mixed Media on Fluid Watercolor Paper

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Three Days in Wisconsin

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Daaa Dummm daaa DUM, Daaaaa Dummm daaa DUM: Paint By Numbers Perry Mason

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Experiments with NeoArt Watersoluble Wax Pastels from Caran d’Ache

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Practicing at the Zoo

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Changing It Up: When Your Drawings Aren’t Working—Part IV

See the post for complete details. This post wraps up my discussion of what media I decided to use at Paws on Grand—why and how it evolved.


Dog Practice—One: Stabilo All or Derwent Drawing?

Preparing to sketch at Paws on Grand.


Black Pencils: Some Recommendations

Black pencil recommendations and an impromptu give away.


Stabilo Tone (AKA Woody) Zoo Tests


Above: The Lesser Kudu at Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul, MN. Stabilo Tone (Woody) sketch on "The Great Canadian Sketchbook" paper, 9 x 12 inches. (There is some deliberate smudging around the face, he has a bit of a double chin thing going on.)Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Since Sunday of this week I have been posting about Stabilo Tones, a now defunct art product—giant, fat watersoluble wax crayon in a wooden pencil body—that I love, but which is now available in only 12 or so colors as "the Woody." (And those colors do not include the grays I was using to draw dogs with earlier in the week! None of my favorite colors, except a dark blue and a purple have survived in the slimmed down line).


The Stabilo All: An Aquarellable Color Wax Pencil

090715ALouRescueMe Left: A bit of a wonky sketch (the chin should be tucked more and he does have teeth!) of John Scurti as Lt. Kenny “Lou” Shea on Rescue Me, using the Stabilo All Aquarellable colored wax pencil, on Lana Aquarelle 140 lb. HP paper which is what’s in the current journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement. 

I mentioned Stabilo All Aquarellable colored wax pencils in my July 17 post. And before too much time passed I wanted to post a sketch I made with these pencils. I have about 6 of these pencils, but my favorite is the brown pencil. Typically I use it when I’m drawing on acetate overlays to “try things out” before committing to the final drawing under the overlay. But after Liz mentioned this pencil on our outing to the Bell Museum I wondered what it would be like to sketch with it on the 140 lb. Lana Aquarelle Hot Press watercolor paper. Later while watching an episode of Rescue Me I sketched one of my favorite characters.

The pencil works really well on this paper. The waxiness of it being a bit of an advantage, giving it a slight, smooth drag across the surface. The down side of the pencil is that you have to sharpen it frequently, and I didn’t, loosing highlight in the second eye and detail in the mouth while working with an ever more blunt pencil. The texture you can get with this pencil is similar to much softer, drier pencils and pastels, which tend to flake, break apart, and wear down even faster. It’s a line with character, without all the dust.

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