Sketch Spread

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I’m still trying to find a little sketchbook time here and there, and this is my first finished spread. My goals, inspired by a sketchbook I just adore, are filling the whole page and keeping it loose and free. No worrying about running off the page or where a particular puddle of color will settle. I still like pieces with white backgrounds and careful lines, as I’ve made most recently, but it’s also good to loosen up and fill it up, and I quite like the effect. I added a bit of colored pencil for detail.

Old Man Willow

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I’ve only partially adjusted to the new school-year routine. The kid part I’ve got covered; the me part, not so much. This has meant still no time for drawing or painting, so I’m scraping around for content these days. This pencil drawing is one of my favorites from the recent illustration project. I’ll show some more once they’re actually in print.

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This isn’t all that recent, but a few months ago we spent some time at a cabin in the woods, and while there I sat outside and made some very simple pencil and paint sketches of a few things I found. It’s quite different from the type of painting I’ve been up to lately, and I’m hoping things (work things) will soon settle down enough that I can share some of that here.