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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 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 11th, 2018

Red Button Radish

Artist: Dr. Disha Chauhan, India Artist Statement: I love capturing everyday happenings around me on paper and over time have realised they work as great inspiration for colour, form and detailing study. In the process I am also trying to understand my own style too. As I have been trying major changes in my life […]

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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November 18th, 2018

Introducing Nova Trio

Nova Trio is a wirebound sampler sketchbook that has mixed sheets of the three Nova Series shades, beige, grey and black. This product allows artists to compare the same drawing on different shades of paper and to experiment with the three Nova shades before investing in a sketchbook of a single shade.

Nova Series toned […]

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 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 17th, 2018

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Study

Artist: Mickey, United Kingdom Artist Statement: My goal as an artist is to master the craft of oil painting. My latest project is to fill a Beta Series sketchbook with portrait paintings of my friends, dogs, which all have a special story to tell.

This project requires some surface preparation of the pages: a couple […]

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 […]

May 5th, 2018

Cesar Santos Reviews Stillman & Birn

Thank you to Cesar Santos for taking the time to review our sketchbooks. In this video Cesar demonstrates how he prepares a Beta Series sketchbook with gesso and then creates an oil painting on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDP-0iZrUis&feature=share

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 17th, 2018

Stare Down or Steer Clear

Artist: Tim Oliver, United States Artist Statement: This is a small color study for a larger watercolor piece that is in progress. Pencil and watercolor (Daniel Smith) in Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook. This sketch was laid out lightly and loosely from observation and photography in HB pencil. It was then painted in watercolor […]

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 […]

April 7th, 2018

Inflouressence

Artist: Holly Platt, United States Artist Statement: When practicing my daily art exercises I have found that I prefer to use a notebook with a heavyweight paper. When using mixed media and primarily acrylic paint I do not have to worry about the paper warping and tearing if it is heavier. The Nova Series works […]

March 25th, 2018

Chappell Hill, TX Residence

ARTIST: Michael Broshar, United States

MEDIA: Watercolor SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Broshar is a practicing architect and watercolor artist. He started painting watercolors in 2013 after working in digital art for a number of years, and now paints exclusively in […]

March 10th, 2018

Portrait of Chris Pine

Artist: Ong Kok Leong, Singapore Artist Statement: I was very impressed with Chris Pine’s portrayal of Steve Trevor in the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman. He certainly gave a fresh interpretation compared to the classic Lynda Carter’s version and the animated 2009 animated version. I’ve recently purchased a small Beta soft cover sketchbook and decided to […]