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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

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 […]

March 23rd, 2017

Koru

Artist: Guillem Marí, Spain Artist Statement: My vision in creating the artwork: I just love painting portraits and to experiment different approaches and media applied to portraiture. One of the things I enjoy most is to combine it with abstract and geometrical shapes, stains, drippings and splatter. I use my sketchbook to just experiment with […]

January 11th, 2017

Kelly Slater

Artist: Dean Spinks, Australia. Artist Statement: Kelly Slater. The greatest human to ever set foot on a surfboard, mesmerising both in and out of the water. The only way to do the great man justice was to go larger than life with this drawing. Working exclusively with fine tip black markers, I require a fine-tooth, […]

December 14th, 2016

Portrait in Three Values

Artist: Thomas W. Schaller, United States Artist Statement: I’ve been working over the past year or two in an attempt to find authentic ways to apply my approach to [Ed: architectural] watercolor in the painting of the human figure and portrait work.

What I’ve discovered is that if I stick to my basic artistic priorities: […]