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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 […]

December 3rd, 2017

Morning Light in Redwood Forest

Artist: Kris Mordecai, United States Artist Statement: This black and white drawing shows the morning light filtering through the trees and onto a small cabin in Monte Rio, California, perched on the side of a mountain and nestled into the ancient redwoods. Ink and water brush were used to depict the cool, damp air and […]

November 4th, 2017

Epsilon Series

Heavyweight: 150 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Pen & Ink, dry media, light wash Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/epsilon Recently described as the “fountain pen friendly sketchbook” on The Fountain Network forum.

October 30th, 2017

The Tiger

Artist: Edith Van der Ster, Spain Artist Statement: This small sketch was one of my first tries with acrylic gouache. I have been using my sketchbooks to really create a habit of sketching and to improve my drawing and painting. I mainly use ink and watercolor in my Beta Series sketchbook, and I have recently […]

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 22nd, 2017

Mixed Media Portrait

Artist: Sebastian Tinajero, United States Artist Statement: This piece began as a pencil sketch inside my sketchbook during one of my routine visits at my favorite coffee shop where I often go to draw and paint. I usually visualize colors according to the sense of mood I’m feeling while working on a project. For this […]

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 […]

September 7th, 2017

Delta Series

DELTA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: Ivory Surface: Cold Press Finish Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/delta