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February 4th, 2018

Cat’s Eye

Artist: Maryanne Pitman, U.K. Artist Statement: The image that I was going to use was of a black and white domestic cat, the focus being on the eye. Now I wanted to be a bit lazy with this one and do as little drawing as possible, so selected the black shade paper (and this is […]

January 12th, 2018

Zeta Series

ZETA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/zeta

Excerpt from online review: “By far the Zeta series is my favorite paper to draw on. The paper is smooth and thick, allowing for lots of layering and blending without any pilling and erases quite nicely.”

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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 11th, 2017

Holiday Giveaway

We’re giving away ten Stillman & Birn Nova Series sketchbooks together with a Caran d’Ache Gouache Studio set. The gouache set contains five 10 ml tubes: magenta, cyan, yellow, black, and white. The Nova Series sketchbook is a 5½” x 8½” softcover binding; winners can choose from the three paper options (beige, grey or black). […]

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 20th, 2017

Nova Series Sample Paper Giveaway

We’re giving away 100 sample packs of Stillman & Birn’s new Nova Series mixed media toned paper. The 5” x 7” packs contain 15 sheets, 5 of each of the three Nova Series shades: beige, grey and black.

Nova Series toned art papers support mixed media artwork. These papers are suitable for: colored pencil, ink, […]

November 20th, 2017

Thelma

Artist: Carrie LeBlanc, United States Artist Statement: I was very excited about the release of the Nova Series and wanted to take full advantage of what this new paper had to offer. I wanted to experiment with using the paper as a mid tone, so I had used acrylic gouache both as a transparent 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 […]

October 8th, 2017

Guiness® Extra Stout

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: No matter what I paint, much planning goes into it. Having been commissioned to paint a bottle of Guinness® Extra Stout – whose color is advertised as being equally as deep as its taste – made this job a bit more stressful.

I always start a painting with […]

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

August 28th, 2017

Gamma Series

GAMMA SERIES Heavyweight: 150 gsm Shade: Ivory Surface: Medium Grain Finish Media: Dry media, light wash, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/gamma 

August 16th, 2017

Beta Series

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

August 5th, 2017

From Urban Sketchers Symposium 2017

Chicago Theater Marquis By Urban Sketchers founder, Gabi Campanario The landmark Chicago Theater on State Street, built in 1921.

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

Thank you to the Urban Sketchers organization for inviting Stillman & Birn to be a sponsor of this […]

July 24th, 2017

Update on Nova Series Product Launch

Our upcoming Nova Series sketchbooks are made with toned paper that will support mixed media artwork. There are three shades: beige, grey and black; the sketchbooks will be offered in softcover and wirebound formats. Production is proceeding on schedule and we expect to make our first shipments the week of July 31. From there, it […]

July 1st, 2017

Zeta Series Sketchbook Tour

Thank you to Mark Fraley for posting this great video sketchbook tour of his recently completed Zeta sketchbook. https://youtu.be/W9J4Ti3_aSk  Shown here, “Bighorn Sheep”

MEDIA: Ink, Watercolor, Collage SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mark Fraley is a collage and portrait artist based in Broomfield, […]

June 17th, 2017

Nova Series – Coming August, 2017

Toned paper sketchbooks for mixed media artwork. Three shades: beige, grey, black Bindings: Softcover & wirebound Supports multiple erasures without pilling; holds ink line without feathering Suitable for a wide range of dry and wet media, including: colored pencil, ink, gel pens, paint markers, watercolors, water-soluble graphite, gouache, charcoal, etc. Exceptional wet strength and surface […]

June 16th, 2017

Poble Espanyol

Artist: Brenda Swenson, United States Artist Statement: Great memories from my workshop in Spain. The Poble Espanyol (literally, Spanish town) is an open-air architectural museum in Barcelona. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings, which recreate an Iberian village. It also contains a theater, restaurants, artisan workshops and […]