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  • Sumi-e Drawing

    Sumi-e Drawing

    On the sad side, I had never heard of Sumi-e drawing before. On the happy side, I had never heard of Sumi-e drawing before. Back to the sad side: I don’t know anything about it — other than what I’ve seen — and I’m having a lot of trouble finding information about it. So, here’s the deal: I post a basic, lesson-type video of an artist drawing (yes, he does use a brush, but the technique seems to be referred […]

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  • Where Art Can Take You

    Where Art Can Take You

    As I (just) mentioned, the long weekend is over and it’s time to get back to business. Or, maybe not. Maybe the long weekend has made you wish every day was part of a long weekend. Maybe it’s made you want to  pack up a bunch of coffee cups and hit the road.     I have to say this artist has imagination and guts. Or maybe he’s just had way too much coffee. Either way, I’ve got to admire […]

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  • Drawing: The Basic Basics

    Drawing: The Basic Basics

    The weekend — the very long weekend — is over, so it’s time to get back to business. With the basics. Or, in this case, the basic basics. What’s the difference in pencils? How do you hold your pencil? How can you sharpen your pencil to get fine and consistent lines? And what’s the difference in erasers:  Which should you use when? Yes, those were pretty basic tips. But I’ll bet there might have been something in that video that […]

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  • Doodles at War

    Doodles at War

    It might not always seem like it, but I do make some attempt to make my posts relevant. Well, have you ever tried to find a video about doodles that relates to Memorial Day? I didn’t think so, so let me tell you: It’s not that easy. But, as luck would have it, I did find something about the military and doodles. The setting is Afghanistan, the soldiers are Norwegian, and the doodles are . . .  Well, it has […]

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  • Words for Memorial Day

      “That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.”  Lise Hand

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  • Painting with Pencils

    Painting with Pencils

    There have been a few posts on this blog showing art that hovers over the border between drawing and painting. But in this portrait by Louis Smith, I think you get to see something really, really close to actually painting with pencils.     Here — in the artist’s words — is a list of the materials that he used for this work: “A charcoal lay-in followed by conte pencil (compressed charcoal) cross hatching to create the detail in the […]

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  • High-Tech Mona Lisa #2

    High-Tech Mona Lisa #2

    Back in October, I posted a video of an artist making a copy of the Mona Lisa in MS Paint. (Note: Unfortunately, that video has been removed, but if you want to see one like it, there are some on YouTube.) It was amazing and all that, and I do think there’s a ton of potential for using a computer as an artistic tool. So . . . today’s video has a live drawing of the Mona Lisa using a […]

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  • Doodling as Second Career

    Doodling as Second Career

    From 1955 t0 1976, John Rosica was an executive at RCA, Paramount, and A&M Records. In 1980, he founded Rosica Public Relations, which included among its clients Wally Amos of Famous Amos fame.He’s been recognized by Literacy Volunteers of America, served on President Johnson’s High School Dropout Task Force, pioneered Toys for Tots, was on the board of Literacy Volunteers of America, was inducted into the Public Relations Hall of Fame, and on and on and on. Obviously, Mr. Rosica is […]

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  • What To Do on a Gloomy Sunday? Change Your Perspective!

    What To Do on a Gloomy Sunday? Change Your Perspective!

    It’s a gloomy Sunday around here, so I thought maybe some 3D art would cheer us (and by “us,” I’m probably talking about myself) up. The amazing thing about today’s 3D art is it’s on paper. It’s “just” drawing! And a little coloring. That means you could do this! You don’t need approval from a city to use their streets or sidewalks. And then you can carry it around with you and impress everyone. (Don’t worry: After the two example […]

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  • Originalilty: Is It in the Water?

    Originalilty: Is It in the Water?

    Do not worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to. Robert Henri Do you ever wonder where originality comes from? Does an artist draw a particular line because that’s what he physically sees? or because that is his expression of the line? or maybe because he can only hold a pencil a certain way? or??? It would be interesting to know. One thing you can be sure of is that the artists […]

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