Category Archives: class

Russell Stutler’s Book About Sketching

I found Russell Stutler’s Book About Sketching this morning in my early early early in-the-dark  wishing-for-coffee (M makes ours) and joyful-that-taxes-were-done meanderings. Not all “free” books are decent.  While there are dated links, Stutler’s his material is fresh.  I recommend … Continue reading

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USk: Frank Ching, Gail Wong Workshop

I had the opportunity to meet the man who taught me more than most professors in college, and influenced my drawing style as a free-hand sketcher of the built environment: Frank Ching.  Architecture: Form Space and Order made sense out … Continue reading

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VSW: #1 A Short Walk in Laguna Beach, California

My home town seemed a good place to start our walks.  This will be a very short walk up about three blocks on the Pacific Coast Highway, starting at the historic Main Beach Lifeguard Tower, shown in black on the … Continue reading

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Good Question of the Week: Desert Island Brush Choice

Originally posted on Citizen Sketcher:
A person taking my Craftsy.com People in Motion class recently asked a classic question in a creative way. “Hi Marc. I’m enjoying your course and so great to see you demonstrating your techniques after following…

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My Picks for the Best Books, Part One

I’ve been asked quite a bit about my favorite how-to art books, and here is my answer.  I will divide them into beginner’s best and then those that are good no matter where you are, but you must know that … Continue reading

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Herman Pekel Channels Buddha

This is too fun not to share.  He is fast with the brush and it’s a fast little video, too cool. Enjoy!

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How to Draw a Perfect Circle

This is so easy, by Dave Hax.  Thanks Cathy!

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Printable Cheat Sheet for Tea, Milk and Honey Workshop

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I’ve done up a little ‘cheat sheet’ for my class at the USk Symposium in Paraty. It’s a single page (folded) booklet crammed with notes about my watercolor field sketching process. Naturally it’s meant as a…

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75 Day Challenge: Gads what day??? 41!

Brenda Swenson has a drawing challenge to draw every day for 75 days. We are supposed to use a black or blue pen, but I know I will not do that one. Still, I play along because challenges are fun … Continue reading

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The Idea of Assignments: Coffee Mug

I am a self-starter, and so need no prompting to get me going, AND, I am enjoying the process of doing the same thing along with so many others in a class.  It is just plain fun. Take this challenge, … Continue reading

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Wonderful Callligraphy Videos

I found Paul Antonio’s calligraphy videos through My Creative Resolution.  He is so much fun to watch — I will try his techniques and have saves a number of his videos on you tube! Have a good weekend — I’ve … Continue reading

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Selfies, a Challenge

Argh, a week of selfies. What don’t I like about this challenge?  Realism. I found it harder to screw around with my own image, especially when I was supposed to draw myself like you are. Okay, I’ve bitched, now getting … Continue reading

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Taking a Class

I am taking Sketchbook Skool for two reasons: I want to be able to go “lead-free” — to drop my dependency on pencil lines first — and because friends are teaching.  Some of the teachers are excellent pen-and-ink folks. And … Continue reading

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Students Teaching Students, 1st Month

I love to continually learn, going where the uncomfortable edge is; this led me to say yes when asked to join a small group of artist from around the world who were willing to try teaching each other and seeing … Continue reading

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Process: English Birdie House

I finished up Jeannette House’s sweet bird.  Realism is not my thang, but practicing watercolors in this way makes me learn the mixing and the wet/dry work of watercolor.  I am still very frustrated by it — colors too dark, … Continue reading

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Process: Painting With Artist’s Prompts

Today I played with artists from Community Thrive, painting their way.  I didn’t like all that I did, but will show you the “failures” too.  The thing about classes is two-fold, assuming you are pretty good at making art: I … Continue reading

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S is for Little Folded Sketchbook: A-to-Z Challenge

 Cathy Johnson is a wonderful source of classes and inspiration. She is part of the Artist Journal Workshop: “28 ARTISTS & JOURNALISTS their work and words, interviews, blogs, images, hints, tips, websites and more…” And product reviews.  Saved me money! … Continue reading

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R is for Repurposing: A-to-A Challenge

I stumbled on this and after starting, thought, why not do it as a mini class?  A friend sent me a fridge magnet, and while I was popping it onto our fridge, I realized we had a couple of old … Continue reading

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