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October 5th, 2019

Café Goodluck

ARTIST: Niloufer Wadia, India ARTIST STATEMENT: This sketch was done on location at the very busy Fergusson College Road, Pune. Café Goodluck has been situated at that crossing since 1935, an iconic eatery open 7am through 11.30pm, serving no frills Indian tea, snacks and meals, and always overfull. As a group, the Urban Sketchers Pune […]

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 […]

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 […]

August 17th, 2018

Bangkok Skytrain

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

April 10th, 2017

Paris Street Scene

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States Artist Statement: This is a watercolor sketchbook page I painted last week at a workshop hosted by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. The subject is a bustling street in the St. Martin Canal district in Paris created from a reference photo.

I start with a fairly strong pencil drawing. I rely […]

October 27th, 2016

Québec Autumn Foliage

Artist: Larry D. Marshall, Canada Artist statement: I’ve been doing location sketching for about five years. This particular drawing is like most of my sketches, ‘discovered’ as I was walking through a park near my house. The bright red tree screamed draw me and I set up my stool in the middle of an open […]

October 19th, 2016

Larry Marshall Reviews “5-Minute Sketching: Architecture” by Liz Steel

The following are excerpts from Larry Marshall’s review of a new book about sketching by Liz Steel, the Australian Urban Sketcher luminary.

“I have followed Liz Steel’s blog and Facebook posts for several years. She’s been one of the most giving artists within our sketching world. She’s also one of the best. I’ve taken all […]

October 16th, 2016

Washington Square Arch

Artist: Mike Daikubara, United States Artist Statement: The Arch in Washington Square Park in NYC. Drawn early in the morning on the S&B Beta series, laying down color washes first with a mop brush/Holbein colors, blowing on it to speed up drying time :), then going in the various details with a fine Micron pen. […]