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The Funny Thing About Favorites

The funny thing (well one of them anyway) about any creative endeavor, is that the artist’s favorite is frequently (well maybe more likely never) the favorite of the viewer. It’s a simple thing. As an artist you sketch something that caught your eye, or if it’s from  your imagination, which you created whole. And it […]

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Compositional Choices in a Journal

I was writing last month about choices on my Patreon blog and my mind keeps coming up with examples even though we’ve moved on. This one is about compositional choice. And we never really move away from compositional choices… First, nope, I didn’t suddenly get tired and give up on the rest of the head […]

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Stubble

Sometimes it is fun to sit down and draw stubble. Lots and lots of stubble. I find this entertaining, and joyful. I find noting the growth direction, the length, the density—all fun. But then I sat in the Bell Museum for a whole afternoon years ago, drawing every line of fur on a deer. This […]

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In Context: Don’t Sketch When You’re Even Too Tired To Sit In A Chair!

A visual cautionary tale today. I was working from a reference photo on the Museum App (f.k.a. Sktchy) and I thought this person wearing bunny ears would be fun if I treated those ears not as attachable costume, but real ears! Sadly, I was so tired (sleep has been at a minimum lately) that when […]

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Warming Up: Sketching Mullets

All hairdos are interesting to me because they are expressions of the individual and how he wanted to be perceived. I have to say next to 18th century wigs mullets are the hairstyle most fun for me to sketch. Did you realize that there are now “modern” mullets? All sorts of variations? I’ll leave you […]

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In Context: I Invent a New Game for Two Or More

You can read the text on the page spread if you click to enlarge it. As to the brush and ink wash sketch—I was watching the Great British Baking show that evening.

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In Context: The Trouble with Double Vision

Page spread in an 8 inch square, hand-bound journal made with the OLD Gutenberg paper (which is not the same as the currently available Gutenberg paper which I do not recommend for visual journaling). The text on the page explains everything, oh, with one “writo” as I like to call them. In the second paragraph […]

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Bringing Some Files Up-to-date

I’ve been attempting to reorganize past sketching files and blog post ideas. Images pop up in the search and I think I might have already posted about them. Instead I discover that I’ve only posted a cropped portion on Instagram. I haven’t posted the full image or written about it. And it was in my […]

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The Simplest of Reasons

Sometimes the only reason I do sketch-related actions is because—the paint was already out, I’d run out of time, I wanted to see what would happen, I was following my nose, I wanted to push something, I just wanted to get to some sort of “finish” and go to bed. There are a million reasons […]

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More Happy Brush Pen Strokes

  I couldn’t help myself. I decided to end the week with another brush pen portrait. (Another person captured in @Earthsworld photos.) It’s in a Canson 180 sketchbook which I love using for brush pen sketches. I was using the Pentel Brush Pen with the gray squeezy body. It contains water-resistant black, pigmented ink. It’s […]

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