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October 16th, 2017

Holland Hotel Courtyard

Artist: Tim Oliver, United States Artist Statement: Sketching is a huge part of my art! Every finished watercolor piece that I do, begins its life as a sketch of some sort in my sketchbook. This is a sketch of the courtyard of the historic Holland Hotel in Alpine, Texas. It was drawn directly from observation […]

September 14th, 2017

Det Stride Band (see editor’s note for translation)

Artist: Tomas Björnsson, Denmark Artist Statement: I was asked to do a poster illustration of a band playing crazy lyric folk style music for kids. I thought that an ink and watercolour drawing would fit the three guys and their sound. Traditional media for a traditional sounding band. I chose to do caricatures of the […]

May 26th, 2017

Alpha Series

ALPHA SERIES Weight: 150 gsm Shade: White Surface: Medium Grain Finish Media: Dry media, light wash, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/

April 26th, 2017

Two Red Peppers

Artist: Stacy Egan, United States Artist statement: I believe that sketching everyday objects is wonderful to incorporate into a daily art practice. It allows me to document my life and sketch consistently to develop my own artistic style. I love the Alpha Series books for my everyday sketching because there are plenty of pages in […]

April 10th, 2017

Paris Street Scene

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States Artist Statement: This is a watercolor sketchbook page I painted last week at a workshop hosted by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. The subject is a bustling street in the St. Martin Canal district in Paris created from a reference photo.

I start with a fairly strong pencil drawing. I rely […]

March 23rd, 2017

Koru

Artist: Guillem Marí, Spain Artist Statement: My vision in creating the artwork: I just love painting portraits and to experiment different approaches and media applied to portraiture. One of the things I enjoy most is to combine it with abstract and geometrical shapes, stains, drippings and splatter. I use my sketchbook to just experiment with […]

March 19th, 2017

Things on the Breakfast Table

Artist: Koosje Koene, The Netherlands Artist Statement: I like using sketchbooks as my personal illustrated journals. They give me the opportunity to try new techniques, experiment and explore, and collect memories in drawings. Doing daily drawings in my sketchbooks means that I carve out time (even if it’s just a five minute drawing) to draw […]

February 24th, 2017

Hummingbird Study

Artist: Laura Sepulveda, Australia Artist Statement: I’ve always used art as a lifeline to make sense of the world externally and internally. I know all my art has a touch of the macabre, expressed through elements of nature. Using a variety of mediums, my favourite ink, I try and capture the snapshots in my head […]

February 8th, 2017

Lapis Necklace

Artist: Jody Marx, United States Artist Statement: On this day, my two co-workers and I went to my favourite vintage store. All three of us spent quite a bit of money. The owner surprised me by gifting me an Afghani necklace and thanking me for introducing her store to so many of my family and […]

January 30th, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year – 新年快乐

To all our friends who celebrate, we wish you a year of good luck and good fortune in the Year of the Rooster

​A​rtist: Leonie Cheetham, Australia Media: Watercolo​r and ​​ink​ Surface: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 – gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

December 31st, 2016

Liz Steel’s Sketchbook 97

We thank Australian artist Liz Steel for sharing this video tour (and review) of her Alpha Series softcover sketchbook.

Review: http://www.lizsteel.com/softcover-stillman-birn-sketchbooks-initial-thoughts/

Video Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq-AhZkZVFQ

Media: Ink, watercolor, collage Surface: Alpha Series (softcover) – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

 

December 19th, 2016

Floral Rainbow

Artist: Leonie Cheetham, Australia Facebook: www.facebook.com/leoniecheethamart Instagram: @pinkieinky Artist Statement: I created a floral rainbow as an expression of my love of bright colours and flowers in a fast, loose, free-flowing style, which seems to be my favourite style.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours with no mixing onto a clear water wash of the petal […]

August 28th, 2016

Rain Tunnel, Viterbo

Artist: Fred Lynch, United States Artist Statement: Every July, I travel to the small medieval city of Viterbo, sixty miles north of Rome to teach Journalistic Drawing to college students studying abroad. However, when not teaching, I practice what I preach. That is, I undertake a long-term investigation and documentation of this overlooked yet historic […]

August 12th, 2016

Where is Home?

Hamid Montalbee reports on a meeting with a blind homeless man on the streets of San Francisco. The man asks the artist many questions, but ends with the one that seems loaded with ambiguity: “where is home?” It is a poignant conclusion to this narrative about a sponanteous meeting between strangers, the type of unplanned […]

July 4th, 2016

Golden Gate at Vista Point

ARTIST: Jorge Santiago, Jr. United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I like to practice landscapes and I challenge myself by not doing an underdrawing first. I find this helps me to make relations to objects to create better depth, it tests my perspective skills, and it makes the drawing more spontaneous which is more fun.

I began […]

May 19th, 2016

Makeup Blunder

Artist: Cannon Pearson, United States Artist Statement: It started with a softcover Alpha. I laid down the base gradient with Liquitex spray paint. It’s water-based and not too noxious. I just bought a few cans to try out. I don’t like the blue can that I bought, so I tend to use red and yellow […]

May 12th, 2016

Palmer Feed Mill

PALMER FEED MILL Artist: Tim Oliver, United States Artist Statement: While primarily a plein air watercolorist, I’m passionate about sketching in pencil as well as pen and ink. Rural landscapes of my native West Texas tend to be the primary source of inspiration in my work. I love to sketch and paint agricultural and industrial […]

April 25th, 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, […]

April 19th, 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 […]

February 27th, 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 […]