Artist creates dollops of paint that are actually colored pencil illustrations

CJ Hendry creates large pencil sketches that mix hyperrealism with fantasy. After working mainly in black and white, she jumped to color in a big way with her series of colorful paint smears. Read the rest

AxiDraw v3 promises even more machine-drawn delights

AxiDraw is a computer-aided pen plotter that uses any writing instrument inserted in the device.

The latest and greatest demo hints at just some of the possibilities. Read the rest

My favorite sketchpad: Strathmore Series 400

Both of my daughters like to sketch, and so do I. One of our favorite things to do is sit around the dining room table and spend the afternoon drawing. The sketchpad I typically use is the 9 in. x 12 in. Strathmore Series 400. A pad of 100 sheets costs $(removed) on Amazon. I use a variety of pencils and brush pens, but I really like the Black Prismacolor colored pencil (PC935), which is what illustrator Mark Crilley uses to "ink" his pencil drawings. It produces a dark black line that stays put when you erase the pencil marks around it.

Here are a few of our sketches:

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