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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 […]

February 17th, 2019

Dana

Artist: Ben Stanford, United States Artist Statement: I’ve always been drawn to the human figure, and portraits in particular. The figure isn’t just something to be copied or reproduced but is a space for honest exploration. I use painting as a means through which tradition and craftsmanship can serve as a touchstone for the creative […]

January 30th, 2019

Great White Sketch

Artist: Ian de Hoog, Canada [ @iandehoogart ] Artist Statement: My sketchbook is my playground. It’s where I can relax and explore new ideas and techniques without the pressure of “creating a painting”. I never know what is going to end up on a page on any given day and that is part of the […]

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 […]

January 9th, 2019

Remembering Georgia O’Keeffe

Artist: Nisha Sehjpal, India Artist Statement: Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings are as intriguing as they are evocative. The colours used are bold and her strokes confident. Looking at her art it’s no wonder she is recognised as “Mother of American modernism”. This is my first ever attempt at painting with gouache and I couldn’t have thought […]

January 3rd, 2019

Wonderment

Artist: Michael Ryan, United States Artist Statement: For this illustration, I wanted to create a serene and magical evening snowfall scene. The gentle polar bear happily gazes up in wonderment at the snowflakes. I began this illustration by creating a light sketch with a mechanical pencil. I then inked the outline of the polar bear […]

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 7th, 2018

Holiday Giveaway

We’re giving away ten Stillman & Birn sketchbook sets. The set consists of a 5½ x 8½ portrait and a 3½ x 5½ landscape sketchbook. The sketchbooks are our popular softcover bindings, which are lightweight, robust and open remarkably flat. Winners can choose one of six paper options from our core series, Alpha through Zeta.

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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 17th, 2018

BANGKOK SKYTRAIN Artist: Suppachai Vong (Louis), Thailand Artist Statement: This picture was created while waiting for friends at this major Bangkok train station of the ARI BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System). I arrived almost an hour early to meet friends. Luckily, I carry my watercolors and sketchbooks all the time. I found the right seat […]

August 2nd, 2018

Homemade Accordion Binding from Sample Pack

Artist: Suhita Shirodkar, United States Artist Statement (abbreviated): Throwback to a month ago at the MacPherson’s Dealer Workshop in Las Vegas. I had a blast at Stillman & Birn’s booth, taking sample packs of their paper, turning them into accordion fold booklets (by taping them together, yes pretty grunge-style) and then playing on the paper […]

July 29th, 2018

Petting Zoo

Artist Name: GABO, United States Artist Statement: For this particular piece, I wanted to use a limited palette using Copic markers. I feel that using limited palettes help me understand values better. I chose to use alcohol-based markers because of their ability to blend and their portability. I did suffer SOME bleed-through in areas where […]

July 15th, 2018

Collège Saint-Marc

Artist: Reham M. Ali, Egypt Artist Statement: This watercolor painting is a part of an art book/ exhibition I’m working on which I consider as visual/artistic documentation of my home town Alexandria, Egypt, capturing the city’s architectural landscape showing sketches for places and buildings that I have memories with .

The building featured in this […]

July 10th, 2018

Looking for Artwork on Nova/Black

We’re looking for artwork done on Nova Series Black toned paper. The selected piece will be featured on an exciting project and we will of course be providing compensation if your image is chosen.

The artwork we are seeking should have some color in it (not just white) and should be vivid and interesting. Also […]

July 1st, 2018

Technicolour

Artist Name: Saif Reid, United States Artist Statement: This was an exploration of color. Portraiture is my favorite thing and combining that with multiple unconventional colors is how I have fun and discover new color combinations. With all of my pieces, I begin with non-local colors and choose random colors which work or do not […]

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 […]

June 2nd, 2018

Manhattan Courthouse

Artist: Kris Mordecai, United States Artist Statement: After a cold, lingering winter in New York, the weather finally turned warm enough to enjoy sketching outdoors again, and I was blessed with a long lunch break during jury duty. I sat in Foley Square in downtown Manhattan and created this sketch of the New York County […]

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 […]