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Tucker at 3 1/2 Months

Left: Tucker, tired out and resting after playing with us and his older "brothers" Dozer (who is also a German Shepherd Dog) and Winger (who is a mastiff and Malinois mix) for an hour. This life-sketch was made on a 4 x 4 inch Quattro grided pad with a Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.1 pen, while […]


It’s All Happening at the Zoo

I make a one-hour sketch stop at the Como Zoo.

Choosing a Pen for Writing (and Sketching) in Your Visual Journal

In this post I take a look at the pens I use and which papers I use them on, and why.


Revere Paper from Magnani

090722AGertNewPaper Left: Gert as a test subject on the new Revere paper from Magnani. (This is Revere Suede.) Click on the image to view an enlargement. Read on for more details about the paper.

Since 1404 the Magnani paper mill has been making papers on the banks of the Pescia River. Really delicious papers! Now they have added another paper: Revere. This is a 100% cotton paper suitable for drawing and printing techniques. It comes in 22 x 30 inch sheets and 30 x 40 inch sheets. The white also comes in rolls. There are six colors (not available in all sizes or finishes)—Polar White, Standard White, Warm White, Ivory, Bisque, and Black. The white range is wonderful, but I have to put a bit of a plug in for the Bisque which is a lovely sort of pinkish tinged white. It reminded me a bit of Rosapina, but not as beige. Indeed it is a lovely and delicate color that could find many happy uses for drawings and prints.

(A Revere Book with suede finish will be available in Standard White and Ivory, but was not available for me to test.)

The paper's three finishes are even more interesting: Felt, Suede, and Silk. There's pretty much something for everyone.

Working on Cityscapes

I just posted a sketch on Urban Sketchers Twin Cities, that I did at the East River Flats, looking back towards the 94W/E Bridge. When I go for my walks, especially when it has been hot (anything over 75 is hot for me, but we've been getting some 80s), I don't like to take my […]


Do Something You Like: Sketching at the Bell Museum

Above: Sketch of a Tundra Swan specimen at the Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. This is a pen sketch (Staedtler Pigment Liner) with watercolor washes made using a Niji watercolor brush. The text on the verso page was pre-pasted ("Have you solved what that means too?"). The tab left at […]


Not Thinking about Composition

Left: An 88-year-old ear, that's how it started. Sitting next to CR in his hospital room, this was the only view I had. (Staedtler Pigment liner on Moleskine softbound pamphlet notebook paper.) CR had a biopsy on Friday, but Saturday when I showed up just to be around while he recovered it was obvious he […]


Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival

Left: A Llama sketch I did at the 2005 festival. It's in a journal I made with Gutenberg paper that is 6 x 8 inches. Staedtler Pigment Liner and watercolor. ACK! Something unavoidable has come up and I am not able to attend either day of the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep & Wool Festival in Lake […]


Mining Sketchbooks for Inspiration (Again)


Above: This is a cropped portion from a page spread I did during the recent SketchCrawl. The bottom right hand corner is the penguin sketch I'm interested in. It was the last penguin sketch of the day and the most successful, and I was sad that I'd run out of space on the spread, but the sketch was to have life in another way too. This sketch was made with a Staedtler Pigment Liner and Schmincke gouache, in a journal I made with Nideggen paper. Read about it below. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Regular visitors to the blog will remember that for SketchCrawl on the 11th I went with a group of sketchers to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. (If you would like to see all my pages from this SketchCrawl they are posted at Twin Cities Sketchers.) I focused on the animals, which is typical for me. The above image is a sketch I made while at the zoo. There was one very sick looking penguin and he was standing still, so I sketched him.

090411BPuffPen Left: the entire page spread can be viewed by clicking on this image. The journal is approximately 6.5 x 9 inches. The top half of the page spread was used for puffin sketches. I then moved on to look at the pengiuns and those sketches are on the bottom portion of the spread beneath the dashed line.

When I am out sketching at the zoo I'm not worried about trying to get a finished painting of an animal or bird, I'm just trying to notice things about whatever it is that I'm sketching. I believe that everything I notice will be useful to me later when I try to make paintings of any of the animals or birds. I didn't have any plans to do a painting of a penguin anytime soon, but that very day these sketches were useful to me when it came time to do the next entry for my International Fake Journal Month journal.


A Great SketchCrawl Day in the Twin Cities

Above: my first page spread of the day for SketchCrawl, yesterday. I worked all day in my current journal which I made with Nideggen paper. I used a Staedtler Pigment Liner and Schmincke gouache. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Yesterday was SketchCrawl. I think it was the 22nd SketchCrawl. I sketch out all the time by myself and with friends, but several of us decided we would like to participate in the official international event this Saturday. There is something fun in knowing that while you are out sketching so are people in China, Italy, Australia…

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