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September 21st, 2019

Cordoba Av. and 25 de Mayo Street Crossing

ARTIST: Fede Tessa, Argentina ARTIST STATEMENT: Sketched on location. For this particular sketch, I drew it on Saturday because on weekdays the area is too crowded! I chose my Alpha Series hardbound A4 sketchbook and drew across the two pages, so the sketch is an A3 size. I started drawing the Splendor Hotel (classical building […]

September 7th, 2019

Das Klinger-Haus

ARTIST: Max Richter @sketchermax, Germany

ARTIST STATEMENT:The Klinger House in Leipzig, Germany, belonged to the family of the Artist Max Klinger (1857-1920), and was built where his birth home used to stand. The man with walking stick and top hat and his wife where probably the last guests of a big festival in Leipzig, strolling […]

July 20th, 2019

Okunoin Cemetery, Koyasan, Japan

OKUNOIN CEMETERY, KOYASAN, JAPAN ARTIST: Doug Russell, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: About twelve days into a recent month-long trip in Japan, I sat down to sketch two tombstones in the Okunoin Cemetery on Mount Koya. The nearly two kilometer long cemetery is home to the graves of over 200,000 Buddhist monks – and just a […]

July 13th, 2019

Tree Trunks

ARTIST: Don Gore, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I essentially always carry one or more sketchbooks on all of my daily travels. We were in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC and a simple view of the sun coming through the leaves of the trees caught my eye. The layers of the trees […]

July 6th, 2019

She Wore Red

ARTIST: Kathryn S. Brashears, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I’ve loved to draw people for as long as I can remember. I’ve taken various workshops with notable portrait artists in recent years, usually doing charcoal sketches and oil paintings. As of late I have been working in watercolor for the portability, clean up ease and quick […]

June 1st, 2019

Vintage Fender Telecaster

ARTIST: John Fishman, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I have admired the design of guitars since I began playing them as a teenager, and built a few of my own in high school and college. They are truly practical art, meant to be admired and used. In my mind, Fender Telecasters, such as this 1962 “Fiesta […]

May 27th, 2019

Color Playground

ARTIST: Stefanie Hornik, Germany ARTIST STATEMENT: This sketch is all about trying out, playing with colours and materials. I more or less randomly picked different tools to test the effect and the handling on the paper. (For example, I used watercolors, acrylic markers and colored pencils.) I mostly use these materials for my artworks. This […]

April 28th, 2019

Unfurling Ferns

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States Thank you naturalist Jean Mackay for posting this lovely drawing of unfurling ferns to celebrate the arrival of spring. One of the joys of spring is watching fern fronds unfurl. They start with small fuzzy arcs in the early spring, just poking their little heads above the crown of the […]

April 12th, 2019

Alexandria Window Study

Artist: Reham M. Ali, Egypt Artist statement: Sketching architectural elements such as doors, windows or any architectural details, especially of old buildings always interests me. That’s the reason my sketchbook is filled with door sketches that I usually call my rescue topic during any artistic block. And as an interior designer, my architectural background has […]

February 25th, 2019

Untitled Drawing on Toned Paper

Artist: Jason Terracina, United States Artist Statement: For this particular sketch of @jesstoofresh_ I drew the sketch on the Nova Series beige sketchbook 5½ x 8½. I used a Kuretake brush pen for the line work, Posca and Molotow markers for the color. Given the beige tone of the paper I was able to use […]

January 15th, 2019

In-Flight Feeding

Artist: Craig Houghton, United States Artist statement: As with most pieces, whether a charcoal gesture or a complex oil painting, I really created this to have fun. Daily sketching does help me to better understand the world, strengthen my self-confidence, and connect with my emotions, but I find it best just to focus instead on […]

December 23rd, 2018

The Big Fella

Artist: Conrad McEwan, United Kingdom Artist Statement: For this piece I wanted to make Santa look more real, after all, he is based on Saint Nicholas from Asia Minor in the 1st Century AD. The golden halo is a nod to the religious iconography associated with him, combined with the more modern version we know […]

December 1st, 2018

Snow in February: Through the Front Window at Home

Artist: Pat Southern-Pearce, United Kingdom Artist Statement: This was my first ever sketch in a grey Stillman & Birn Nova Series sketchbook: a sample (as they were not yet in the stores), a gift at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago in 2017, and very special. It led to so much.

I’d been in Germany […]

September 21st, 2018

Asiatic Lily

Artist: Erik Davis, United States Artist Statement: Nature and our garden are a great source of inspiration for me, and when summer arrived, the subject matter became fantastic. I enjoy trying to capture the flowers and other plant life in our garden. It’s been really nice keeping a visual record of all the changes of […]

August 31st, 2018

Melbourne Architecture Puzzler

Artist: Mark Poulier, Australia Artist Statement: On Instagram, I like to challenge followers with quizzes and teasers. I often draw a detail, a grouping of odd couples, leave bits out or draw unidentified buildings in a post and ask followers to solve the riddle I propose.

This sketch of a window detail of a prominent […]

June 24th, 2018

Banana Plant , Lake Sandoval Lodge, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Artist: Doug Russell, United States Artist Statement: Nearly half way through a recent month-long trip in Peru, I sat down to sketch this banana plant behind the Lake Sandoval Lodge in the rainforest near Puerto Maldonado. Taking advantage of some free time between nature hikes in the jungle and canoe rides on the lake, I […]

May 18th, 2018

Smithsonian Castle

Artist: Amanda Kavanagh, United States Artist Statement: This is a quick sketch from a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Normally when I’m visiting a city like D.C., I’m jumping from museum to monument to gallery, trying to take in as much as I can each day. It’s exhilarating and fun, but usually ends up as […]

April 29th, 2018

Living Room Sketch

Artist: Paul Heaston, United States Artist Statement: I have sketched my wife Linda knitting or crocheting in the living room so many times I’ve lost count. Knitters make great models because they’re usually pretty still and relatively oblivious to someone sketching them, especially if it’s their husband. We’re expecting a new baby at the beginning […]

April 11th, 2018

The Gate to the Past

Artist: Seto Parama Artho, Indonesia Artist Statement: Kotagede is a historic area in the city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Inside we can see many traditional and old buildings, quiet life, quiet alleys, silversmiths, relics, sites of the Islamic Mataram kingdom. Everything is present in the mystical and mythological atmosphere that cannot be separated from the […]

December 21st, 2017

Koi Stream

Aritst: Juanjo Gaspar, Spain Artist Statement: While visiting the Sensō-ji in Tokyo, I saw this stream of koi, and I couldn’t resist painting them. I’m in love with Japanese culture; I have studied Japanese and Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy), so this trip was a chance for me to get a first-hand glimpse of the icons […]