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Tutorial: Bold Patterns with Magic Markers

Don't you think it's time for a little creative diversion? Over the past few years, I've filmed a bunch of videos that I posted at Vimeo and in the midst of backing up my movie files, I'm finding the gems and posting them to YouTube. This is a fun one from 2014 about designing bold patterns that make use of positive and negative space.

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A Quick Review of Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay Inks

I love art materials that are versatile and flexible, materials are inherently building blocks to art. These inks are thoroughly engaging and now happily incorporated into my creative endeavors. This month, I'm playing with inks every day, creating abstract pages, doing some dip pen lettering, and more. Each year I dive into a different aspect of ink and am always amazed to see what I can accomplish in just month of experimenting. This is the third year I'm playing with inks for the Inktober Challenge. I thought it would be fun to share with you my thoughts on these inks. So here we go!

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India Ink Inktober

Playing along with the Inktober Challenge, which is technically a drawing challenge but I'm working with ink on paper every day. This is my 3rd year participating in the challenge and I like to have a focus for the month, a technique with which to experiment. I've decided to move up to 5x8" watercolor paper {cards 1-5 were on 4x6" paper} to have more real estate to allow for even more random accidents of inky fate. I'm working quickly, making marks, splatters, spritzes, etc. 

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Gridded Moleskine in B&W

This is a journal that I started late last year; challenging myself to fill the entire journal using only black, white & gray pens, markers & pencils. I'm figuring out how to do a lot of different things, stuff like adding contrast, drawing faces, adding shadows. Yes, metallics and white markers are approved for this one, but I have yet to use them! At some point I will work on cross-hatching too.

I like to just draw instead of planning out what I will draw. When I focus on just the lines, all sorts of happy accidents occur - stuff that could not possibly happen if I tried to strategize or micro-manage my work. It's a treasure hunt - a fragment of a word overlaps with an image to create an accidental symbol. 

I'm an idea thinker-upper. An idea generator. I sit down with a cup of french press jamaica blue mountain coffee and draw. I draw while I watch TV. I draw while I wait for the kids in the carpool line {the car is in park, don't worry}. In waiting rooms and cafés and in hotel rooms. 

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