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best of the drawing of the day, week 137: doctor elabo

In spite of the caption, here’s someone who needs no introduction.  Doctor Elabo is in the house!  He’s a jolly, funky, mystical guy, and very much the spirit of my new Pilot Elabo fountain pen.  (Yes, the one I was … Continue reading

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new fountain pen guilt

Hey, it’s a thing.  Normally, you should be gloriously  un-guilty about your collection of fountain pens: they’re actual tools, they last almost forever if you take good care of them,  and as a working artist, you’re pretty good about avoiding … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 134: two shady guys

Or rather, two shaded guys.  Hand shaded guys, that is.  Freehand toning like this, with a very small pen like the Rotring Art Pen with the EF sketch nib* (aka the scritchy-scratchy pen) is about the most fun you can … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day week 133– a bat man

Please note that the guy with the cape and the cave and the signal and the mobile is The Batman.  This is a bat man, so no harm no foul on the copyright front.  OK.  In terms of content, this … Continue reading

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drawing tools we really wish we had

Yes,  this is just a pair of animated GIFs*. But every artist in the world who sees them immediately wants this drawing tool.  And we think it should exist**.  It seems so logical.  It would be a great tool for … Continue reading

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new fountain pen first steps

People sometimes come to this blog to read about fountain pens and how to care for them and use them for drawing and hand lettering, so I thought I would share with you what I do to get started with … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 127– art project

Just when you thought the drawing of the day could not get any sillier, have a sculptor and a small figure with a very big attitude.  For something so ridiculous, this drawing is actually quite formal, inked very strictly in … Continue reading

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a visit to historic italia

No wonder Italy is such an interesting place.  Watch out, Stromboli!(Placemat sketch, Italian restaurant division.  It’s times like this that I wish I could get into the habit of carrying one of those little Sharpie pens along with my regular … Continue reading

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how long does it take to break in a fountain pen?

People sometimes ask me how long it takes to ‘break in” a new fountain pen.  This is normally a hard question to answer, since a lot of it depends on the pen. Softer nibs break in faster than harder ones, … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 123: brushwork hexapod

When you’ve been drawing a lot of group portraits of your audience as you imagine them and inking them for hours with the scritchy-scratchy pen, it’s fun to take up the drawing of the day sketchbook and one of the … Continue reading

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