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Watersoluble Crayons by Caran D'Ache

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Yes, it's a thing! We had an early Christmas celebration with my Mom this year and one of the gifts I received was this nice set of Caran D'Ache watersoluble "pastels" to play with. I'm pretty sure that somewhere along the line, the term crayon was replaced with pastel in order to make it seem less of a child's art supply. However, despite the fact these are made of wax, they're a pretty serious art tool.

Day 30 - Stickmen Plus!

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I was travelling this week, so Day 30 took place in a hotel and I didn't have a chance to post. In any event, I was working on the basics of figure drawing using the stick figure model to help get the fundamentals of movement and positioning down.

Day 29: A Second Pumpkin

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Just a bit more work on the second pumpkin. I'm travelling for the next few days, so probably not going to be working on it. Besides, we're getting very, very, close to the end of the 30 day challenge. I'll reflect on that in the next few days as I finish this out and after I get back home.


Day 28: It Was Not

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Well, I don't think I'm going to post a specific picture of my Gouache disaster that was, but suffice to say, there's lots to learn about working with this medium!

Day 27: May or May Not Be

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As I mentioned in a prior post, I was planning on doing a painting for a cousin of mine. Depending on how things go, this could be the start of it!

Saturday Art Haul

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So, last night I ordered two books by James Gurney who happens to be an artist that I quite admire and follow very regularly through his blog and YouTube. In particular, he seems to specialize in water media such as casein, gouache, and watercolour with a strong emphasis on casein these days.

Day 26: Back of the Couch - Conté Pencil

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Trying out a 2B Conté à Paris pencil with a simple sketch of the back of the couch in my home office.

Nothing too special, just trying to get a feel for it on the paper as I've had them for a bit and haven't really used them. Interesting texture in the feel on paper, it felt much more rough than graphite does laying down, a bit chalk-like, kind of scratchy.

Day 25: Hotel Room Desk

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Yesterday I had to travel to New York for business purposes and I had given myself enough time to kind of wander a bit given that I was staying the night in a good area. Fates conspired against me and the taxi I was in ended up being the middle vehicle of a three car collision.