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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Whose Next for a Ride?

ARTIST: Colleen McCafferty, Australia
ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired to paint camels by Danny Gregory’s blog on Sketchbook Skool. I remembered that I have photographed lots of camels on my travels. But having seen the camels first-hand helped enormously with my colour choices and to paint with an artist’s eye.

I usually sketch out with a 2B mechanical pencil first, go over it with ink and then the fun part starts with watercolour washes. My preferred pens are either Lamy EF or Platinum Carbon EF. For this sketch I needed brown ink so I used a Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 in Sepia. A few darker and thicker ink strokes were added at the end with a dip pen and DeAtramentis document ink in Brown. I prefer to use transparent watercolours, mostly Daniel Smith and some Windsor & Newton, and I often add multiple washes to increase the vibrancy. I use lots of water and love the way the pigment moves in such a random way. Generally the whole painting is completed from start to finish within 2 hours.

When traveling, my time is limited and I go straight into it with a pen sketch then watercolour. I find the paper in the Zeta series just perfect for my way of painting as it handles my heavy water usage so well and the smooth paper allows the pigment to flow beautifully.

MEDIA: Watercolour and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270gsm – Smooth Finish

I am an Australian artist who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to frequently travel around this beautiful country and particularly into the Outback. I am retired and have been painting on and off for over 30 years. My preferred medium by far is watercolour, although I also paint in acrylic and oil – just not lately! I am a colourist and love vibrant colours.

Last year I spent 3 months traveling in the Outback and challenged myself to do a sketch every day in an effort to practice my drawing and to make myself do more painting. I’m pleased to say I met that challenge and came home with more than 60 mostly plein air sketches as a wonderful record of my journey. I haven’t stopped sketching since then! More of my work can be found on my website and

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Kawaii Citrus

ARTIST: Kate Hadfield, United Kingdom
ARTIST STATEMENT: I’ve recently started a new sketchbook project specifically to play more freely with different materials, patterns and techniques as a balance to the more stylised drawings I create for my everyday work. This sketchbook drawing was inspired by a weekly drawing challenge I take part in on Instagram, I have found these sorts of challenges a great way to connect with other artists online and to boost my creativity by tackling unusual subjects and styles. My initial sketch was much more abstract but the drawing eventually evolved into my typical combination of saturated colours and bold outlines. I also couldn’t resist injecting a bit of fun with some kawaii style faces! The colour was built up with layers of markers and coloured pencils and inked with Fineliner and paint pens. This is my usual method of working, I enjoy the process of layering with mixed media and building up depth, colour and contrast as the drawing evolves. It’s always exciting to see where that process that takes me.

MEDIA: Ink, colored pencil, alcohol and water-based markers
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Kate Hadfield is a digital and traditional British artist who designs for the crafting and scrapbooking industry. She works in a variety of media including marker, pen and ink, watercolour and coloured pencil.
Instagram: @katykatehadfield

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hungarian Parliament Building

Artist:  George Lewis, United States

Artist Statement: I use watercolor as a tool to express my thoughts and emotions. One of its great qualities is seeing the water and paint co-mingle together, almost dancing on the paper. I have always been deeply drawn to architecture, on which the majority of my work is centered, and the unlimited environments around it. Whether that be an urban setting or a far off destination, there is always a story to tell and experiences to take in. While architecture and its surroundings in my artwork are crucial, so is my intention to emphasize the light and shadows around them as well.

I’ve always been intrigued by European architecture. Recently, I discovered the vast amounts of wonderful buildings in Budapest, Hungary, a country not really well recognized by very many tourists. One such structure is the Hungarian Parliament Building. It’s a great classic example of neo-gothic architecture which unfortunately is one of very few still remaining in the country. For this piece I sketched the building out with an HB pencil adding very subtle details here and there. I then applied watercolor in a way to evoke not a true painting but simply a sketch, applying paint in certain areas and leaving the true white of the paper in others. In all honesty, my true approach when beginning this piece was to just paint and “see where it goes.” I believe the more you think about a painting, sometimes you just might also be over-thinking it as well. When the entire painting was dry, I lifted paint in areas I felt were too dark. I also put a few small highlights using Chinese white paint. Lastly I added areas of shading using my pencil. This piece is probably my third watercolor sketch using the Alpha series. I’ve always used the Beta series in the past but I must say that the two papers both work great for my intentions, each in their very own distinct ways.

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: George Lewis is an architectural illustrator and fine artist. He works in a variety of mediums including, marker, pen & ink and pencil but specializes in watercolor.

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Hungarian Parliment

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sketchbook of the Teenage Egon Schiele

Research presented in the 2013 book titled “Egon Schiele: The Beginning” includes previously unpublished images from Schiele’s early sketchbook.

Among the sketches found in the journal is a portrait of Margarete Partonek (below), a girl who caught the artist’s attention when he was 15 years old. “The young Schiele quickly became obsessed with Margarete, drawing images of her and writing her poetry with a persistance only teenagers can muster.” See this link to see more entries from Schiele’s sketchbook:

Art historians have written that Schiele has come to be recognized for his exceptional draftsmanship. This can be difficult to appreciate in Schiele’s highly expressionistic works, which intentionally distort human shapes. But check out Plate 8 of 15 in this sketchbook to see what a skilled draftsman Schiele was even at fifteen.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Pick of the Day at Wet Paint – St. Paul, MN.

Thank you to Meg and the rest of the wonderful staff at Wet Paint (St. Paul, MN.) for selecting Stillman & Birn as their Pick of the Day. Meg writes, ““My go-to sketchbook is the Zeta by Stillman & Birn. The extra-heavy weight, smooth finish paper takes exquisite ink work detail and holds up to extensive watercolor and other wet media. The range of sizes in both spiral and hard bound provide options for everyone. A true mixed-media marvel!”

Wet Paint Artist Materials
1684 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
Tel: 651-698-6431

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Prairie Style Planter – Café Brauer – Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il.

Artist: Andrew Banks, United States
Artist Statement: My sketchbook is a record of my artistic process; a place for me to investigate and develop techniques and to record what inspires me. This Prairie Style planter is just one of many sketches in an ongoing series dedicated to the architecture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Sitting outside of the Prairie Style Café Brauer building, this large planter is one of several landscaping objects which complement the details of the café itself. I was drawn to the planter’s reference to classical detailing, while remaining evidently within the Prairie Style. I was also drawn to the symmetry and its contrast in color and material.

Penciling in a centerline, I began proportioning out the heights of each section of the planter, starting from the base and working my way up the top, lightly indicating each with a horizontal line. These horizontal lines became the skeleton of the drawing, giving me the information and size relationships I needed to draw the rest of the contours. Then, I inked over all lines with a thin black pen and once again over the entire contour of the planter with a thicker pen to give the appearance of depth and relief. I suggested the material of the concrete base by stippling. I then added some light grey tone with a brush pen to the concrete areas. Working from light to dark in color, the green top and metal ornament wrapping the base was also colored with a felt tip brush pen. The varying tones were achieved through multiple passes. Before applying each layer of green, I made sure the previous one had dried to avoid any unwanted smudging. Since the brush pen I used was transparent, building up tones was similar to water coloring, and so the more layers I added the more I was able to build up the values in the shadows as well as represent its circular form through a range of tones. The smooth surface of the Epsilon paper worked great for the “swiping” motions I used with the pen, and the paper held up really well to the multiple layers of ink.

MEDIA: Graphite, ink, brush pen
SURFACE: Epsilon Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Smooth Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Andrew Banks is a freelance artist and illustrator at Andrew Banks Illustration. Andrew works with a variety of media including watercolor, ink, graphite, and markers and specializes in rendering architectural subjects, details and landscapes. Andrew is an active member of the Urban Sketchers Chicago group, and you will rarely find him without his favorite sketchbook and pen.
Instagram: @abillustrator

[Ed. Note: The Prairie School – or Prairie Style – was a late 19th- and early 20th-century architectural style, most common to the Midwestern United States. The style is usually marked by horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament. Horizontal lines were thought to evoke and relate to the native prairie landscape.

The Prairie School developed in affinity with the ideals and design doctrines of the Arts and Crafts Movement begun in the late 19th century in England by John Ruskin, William Morris, and others. Likewise, the Prairie School had a profound influence on the aesthetics of artisans in reaction to the design compromises emerging from mass production manufacturing techniques. Source: Wikipedia]

Prarie Style Planter - Andrew Banks
























Friday, April 1, 2016

About Velázquez’ “Las Meninas”

“There is maybe no painting in the history of the form more worthy of analysis then Velázquez’ Las Meninas“. That’s the start of this excellent 10-minute video essay about Velázquez’ masterpiece:

via @clairewaves


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Gapstow Bridge – Central Park

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States
Artist Statement: As much as I enjoy working in the studio, there really is no substitute for the experience of working on location. Although it can be intimidating, the knowledge I’ve gained from drawing and sketching in city crowds and changing environments has led me to understand my process more fully, and ultimately fuels the fire for my studio work. The quickened pace of working on location has taught me the value of simplifying a scene and how a few well-placed brush strokes will always be more powerful than a thousand fussy ones. This is especially true with watercolor: less is more.

This image of the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park is an example of a quick sketch in which I was merely attempting to capture the feel of the scene before the sun fell behind the skyline of the city behind me. It’s not a finished painting, nor is it meant to be – It’s simply an exercise in observation and technique. I quickly penciled in the waterline and the shape of the bridge before laying in a series of watercolor washes, preserving negative shapes along the way. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the relationship of water and land, so I went back in with darker tones and allowed them to run from the bridge down over the surface of the pond. I often find that when a painting isn’t working for me, it’s because I’ve failed to connect my shapes.

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Joe Rayome is a full-time artist and Signature Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He lives in New York City.
Instagram @joerayomeart

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_Gapstow Bridge_ Joe Rayome for Stillman and Birn

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Portrait of Cole Sprouse

Artist: : Kaja Dunnewind (@usloual), Netherlands
Artist Statement: Not too long ago I was stuck in a rut of drawing the same familiar faces over and over again and finally letting go of references with this drawing of Cole Sprouse felt wonderfully freeing. This piece was totally different from my usual ones and got me really excited for this amazing art journey I’m on and developing my own style.

My technique: I simply sketched the subject with black pencil and added shadows mostly with a cross-hatching technique. Then I used a watercolour pencil to put on a cream colored layer all over the background. To get the deep dark black at the top I used ink. Then I grabbed my watercolours and used messy splatters to let the ink flow into a beautiful deep blue color.

MEDIA: Pencil, watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Epsilon Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

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cole sprouse

Monday, March 14, 2016

Arising from Flowers

Artist: Mashiiro (Magalie Gréaux), France
Artist Statement: Flowers have always been a subject I wanted to practice with watercolors. For this piece, I wanted to depict a fragile woman, reaching from a field of delicate white flowers, like she used to be one of them, and “evolve” to a woman. I found that layering washes of different soft colors was a lovely way to draw the softness of a field of flowers, contrasting with the black lines of the leaves.

Building up layers for this drawing took me quite a long time because I had to wait for the layers to completely dry before applying the next one, and be careful not to paint on the previous flowers. Once all of the watercolor layers were completely dry, I inked the leaves with a Posca marker pen for a very deep matte black effect, and outlined the woman with a Sakura Micron Fineliner. This drawing was definitely a good opportunity to practice this very simple but time-consuming negative coloring technique.

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Epsilon Series — Heavyweight — 150 gsm — White — Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mashiiro is a digital and traditional French artist, mostly using pencils, watercolors and ink techniques. Self-taught, she’s not pursuing a professional art career even though art is taking all of her free time. You can find her on Instagram @m4shiro, on Tumblr ( or support her on Patreon (!

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Venasque, Provence

Renowned watercolor artist Iain Stewart discusses experimenting with a bold new technique.

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States
Artist Statement: I have been experimenting with different tools and techniques for the last year or so, mainly a flat brush, dry brushing, and a palette knife, to explore the possibilities of a combination of my current approach to painting and some new ideas. I’ve been highly intrigued by the palette knife for some time and the impasto qualities this adds to watercolor. If done wet in wet the edges will blur slightly. If done wet on dry then you can work gouache much in the same way you would oil paint. I can scrape out negative shapes or use gouache in a very thick mixture to give impressionist marks that are hard to accomplish with a brush. Depending on the wetness of the paint I can also make darker marks with the palette knife if this is done early in the drying process.

I refer to this type of painting as “serious play” and that’s exactly how I approach it. In my piece Venasque, Provence I’ve taken a perfectly good watercolor and then begun the process of purposely changing it to suit myself. I’ve done a lot of lifting which blurs the hard edges of some passages and then with the palette knife come in and scraped, in a methodical way, the “bones” of the structure. This didn’t give me enough punch so I decided to introduce, cadmium red, zinc white, new gamboge, and lavender in gouache to amplify the effect and add pops of pure color.

This type of painting suits me very well. It’s spontaneous, colorful, and I’m going purely on instinct in the final stages. I enjoy the effects of painting counter-intuitively to the general methods of watercolor and will continue to explore these techniques. It’s good to do something completely different at times regardless of the results. I find that if you allow yourself to have fun and explore in the studio, your work will only profit in the end. You just need to be open to ruining a few paintings in the process. As a advocate of Stillman & Birn sketchbooks and loose paper I might add that the Beta Series held up very well to the continued abuse I tend to put my paper through and the surface is perfect for a palette knife.

MEDIA: Watercolor and gouache
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

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Venasque, Provence


Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Fanciful Bookplate

Artist: Jody Marx, United States
Artist Statement: I started keeping a small-format sketchbook in 2013. I always put my name and phone number in the front since I lost a sketchbook at a superstore a few years ago. (Luckily I got it back.) My contact pages have become increasingly fanciful over the years. This illustration is from my new sketchbook. It’s based on a Victorian bookplate design.

My daily sketchbook/journal is the 4”x6” Stillman & Birn Alpha Series. I usually start with a pencil sketch, then trace it over using a Micron pen. After erasing the pencil lines (or not), I layer multiple watercolor washes using water brushes. I usually finish up by adding more Micron pen lines.

MEDIA: Pencil, Ink and Watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I have a BFA from University of Michigan where I started out as a painter (acrylic on canvas) and also studied design and advertising. I have worked as a graphic designer since graduating 35 years ago. I began to become bored with graphic design and wished to get back into Art. Three years ago I earned a certificate in the University of Washington’s Program in Natural Science Illustration in hope to use it as a catalyst to jump-start a more satisfying creative phase of life.

Although I still earn a living as a graphic designer, I also take commissions in Natural Science Illustration. In addition, I am developing an additional style based on Victorian etchings artists such as Grandville and Beatrix Potter. I am interested in the concept of anthropomorphism and the artist Walton Ford’s visual story-telling.

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Jody Marx

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

San Xavier Mission, Tucson

Artist: Thomas W. Schaller, United States ‪#‎thomaswschaller‬
Thank you Tom for posting this dramatic study of the historic 18th century Arizona mission. It’s amazing how much of a value range you are able to get with just a pencil!

MEDIUM: Pencil
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

San Xavier

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gurudwara Sahib

Artist: Sunil Shinde, United States
Artist Statement: Everybody has a story to tell. I have a story to show. I love to read and am an avid reader of history. All that reading makes me travel. Sketching helps me travel better. My sketches remind me of places I want to read about. This is a plein air sketch of Gurudwara Sahib, a Sikh place of worship in San Jose that I sketched while on a business trip last year.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Sikh Temple

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Red Octopus

Artist: Mark B. Hill, United States (Copyright, 2016)
Artist Statement: I am a (mostly) self-educated artist specializing in pen and ink drawings and linoleum block prints . I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil and love to sketch, draw and doodle. I live in Middleton, WI with my wife, muse and inspiration, Valerie Hesslink.

My work is based on several facets of my life. Dreams, childhood memories, reading, and life experiences all fuel my work. I enjoy telling the story behind the piece of art as much as I enjoy producing the art. I like drawing strange creatures and an octopus was challenge to me because of all the details and textures.

MEDIA: Ink, watercolor and acrylic pigment
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Goodbye 8.5″ x 11….Hello A4

We’re discontinuing our 8.5″ x 11″ hardbound size and replacing it with 8.25″ x 11.75″, commonly known as “A4”. It’s a small adjustment — .25″ on one side and .75″ on the other — that brings our range of sizes into allignment with the global trend favoring A4.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Potted Cacti

Artist: Sandra Strait, United States
Artist Statement: Zentangle®-Inspired Art work relies on patterns that can be found everywhere, and I love creating my templates using scenes I encounter in everyday life. The inspiration for ‘Potted Cacti’ came from a display that I saw while shopping one day. Everything screamed Zentangle to me, from the texture of the cactus to the flowered pots in which they were planted. As soon as I got home, I drew this page based on the memory of that display.

MEDIA: Ink (fountain pen)
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 160 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Sandra Strait is an Oregonian, born and bred. She’s technically a professional, but these days she does her art for the love of it. Her mixed media, Zentangle-inspired art and watercolor paintings can be found at her blog:

Potted Cacti-Fountain Pen in Stillman & Birn Alpha

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Organic Shapes and Tangled Lines

Artist: Jessica Seacrest, United States
Artist Statement: I love ink, watercolor, or any water soluble medium. Sometimes it’s like getting a surprise on the page- I love that. Most of my ideas slip in when I’m quiet, sometimes I’ll do a rough sketch for later. I’ve created a lot of mandalas, and I like round shapes. With this piece I used a few different fountain pen inks, dip pen, brushes, a Zig brush pen and a small amount of silver gouache, in what has become my favorite- the Alpha series. I picked a pallet of a few colors, started with a few shapes, and built up from those. This piece was inspired by an artist named Yellena James, who uses a lot of organic shapes in her pieces.

MEDIA: Ink and gouache
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jessica Seacrest lives in Tucson, Arizona. In April of 2015, she started making art- creativity knocked, and she opened the door. Since then, she has allowed herself to explore any medium that caught her interest. Her favorite mediums have become watercolor, ink, and brush pen. Most of her art has had a focus on round shapes, and mandalas, with something a little quirky thrown in here and there. Besides this creative adventure, she continually explores herself through meditation and Qigong. Jessica considers herself to be an enthusiast of creative acts, and hopes that her story and expression will help to encourage others to explore their creativity. When not doing the things above, she can be found at her day job- an accounting manager for a civil engineering firm where she’s been working for almost 20 years. She went to school for accounting and also holds an MBA. More of her work can be found on Instagram, under account name @ItchyJello –


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

May your 2016 be a year of good health, prosperity, peace, happiness…and great art!

“The Rocket”, Edward Middleton Manigault (1887 – 1922)
Oil on canvas
Columbus Museum of Art


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Update on Softcover Edition Sketchbooks

A binding error was recently discovered in some of our new Softcover Edition sketchbooks. As soon as we learned about this we suspended further shipments and initiated a product recall from our retail partners and distributors.

If you find that there are any problems with your softcover sketchbook, please return it to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Also, we’re always available at Stillman & Birn to answer any questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us at or to call our customer service line at +1 973-439-5603.

Production on replacements has already begun, and we look forward to reintroducing our softcover sketchbooks into the market as quickly as possible.

Thank you and best wishes for happy holidays!