Why Sketch From Nature?

I don’t think I can say it much better than British artist Frank Brangwyn, but I’ll add my own thoughts, too. “Get some paper and a pencil. Not a beautifully bound sketch book – they’ll be afraid to spoil the paper! I often sketch on the back of an old envelope. Fear is the first […]

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Ten Brown Inks- A User Experience

For some months I’ve been thinking about the “perfect” brown/sepia ink . Not too dark, not too red, not too pale, preferably one that can be used in both dip pens and fountain pens, although that last one is negotiable because I’ve found and tested ten different inks and there are plenty to choose from. […]

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Inktober52 Art!

Since the first week in January I’ve been participating in Inktober52, the first year of an international event for pen and ink artists who are doing one drawing a week based on a prompt that is emailed out by the organizer Jake Parker, also the creator of Inktober (for which artists do a drawing a […]

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New Sketching Tutorial! Now In My Etsy Store!

For anyone who’s always wanted to sketch but doesn’t know where to begin my first downloadable pdf tutorial “A Beginner’s Guide To Sketching, Part 1” is now available here in my Fox Studio Etsy Store! I strongly believe that art is for everyone and that anyone can learn to sketch or draw as an enjoyable […]

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Great Pen And Ink Artists, Part 2: William Heath Robinson

William Heath Robinson was one of the most popular and beloved illustrator/artists of late 19th and early 20th century England. He was also a master of pen and ink. He first became known as a book illustrator and I’m posting examples of that from a two-volume set of “The Works of Rabalais” from my own […]

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Testing, Testing…Tiny Nibs

Steel pen nibs were made in a seemingly endless array of sizes and designs for over 100 years. There are a very limited number still being made today. All of them are based on the necessary shape of a barrel that was curved, plain at one end to fit into the holder and the slit […]

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Nibs With Names!

There were many hundreds of millions of steel pen nibs manufactured between 1840 and the late 1940s. They were all people had to write with and were a huge improvement over the swan, goose and crow feathers which had been used since the Early Middle Ages. They only started to truly be superceded by fountain […]

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Ink Tests for Water Resistence

A week or so ago I experimented with a variety of inks on the sketchbook and drawing papers I like best to find out how water resistant they are on each one. What I want to do is go out into the field with my dip pens and watercolors, draw something in ink and then […]

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I’ve done pen and ink work for a LONG time, since the mid-1970s. Back then I used Speedball and then Brause steel nibs for lettering, along with turkey quills for medieval and celtic illumination. For commercial work it was Rapidiograph technical pens or bust. I recently unearthed a folder with tearsheets of drawings I did […]

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Great Pen And Ink Artists, Part 1: Charles Dana Gibson

Charles Dana Gibson, the legendary late 19th century pen and ink artist, was an Influencer long before the term came into use to describe someone on social media who “influences” their followers’ tastes in clothes, food, music, where to go on vacation and other lifestyle choices. He drew all kinds of people, as you’ll see, […]

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Holiday Sale Now On Etsy!

All my Etsy listings in my Fox Studio shop are now 20% off in the site-wide holiday sale that’s on now through Dec. 3! Affordable original oils, drawings and downloadable coloring pages. You can see everything on offer here.Here are some examples of what’s available… A sample of the oil paintngs…

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