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November 16th, 2019

Sumatran Tiger

ARTIST: Alyssa Johnson, AustraliaARTIST STATEMENT: Animals of all kinds have always been a love of mine, but nothing compares to the majesty of the big cats. My training runs more towards animation and sculpture, but sketching was my first love. I spent a couple of hours putting the Sumatran Tiger sketch together one morning […]

November 9th, 2019

Portrait of Kennedy McMann

ARTIST: Justin Maas, CanadaMEDIA: Pencil, white charcoalSURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Beige – Medium Grain Finish

ARTIST STATEMENT: As a portrait artist, I do a lot of different types of work – from very loose sketches, to my finished commissioned pieces. This drawing of Kennedy falls somewhere in the middle […]

November 2nd, 2019

Roofs of Kaluga

ARTIST: Alex Gimein, RussiaMEDIA: Fountain pen, ink, acrylic, paint markersSURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Beige – Medium Grain Finish

ARTIST STATEMENT: This picture was drawn in the beautiful old Russian city of Kaluga that I visited this summer with a group of sketchers. I was always fascinated by the roof […]

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 […]

August 18th, 2019

Beautiful Hollyhocks

BEAUTIFUL HOLLYHOCKS Artist: Regina Sielk, Germany Artist Statement: This summer, gorgeous hollyhocks were almost everywhere and I wanted to capture the beauty. Thewarmth of the Stillman & Birn Nova beige paper makes the watercolors and coloured pencils contrast so intensively, perfect for bright hollyhocks.

MEDIA: Watercolors, Colored Pencils, Acrylic SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – […]

July 20th, 2019

Okunoin Cemetery, Koyasan, Japan

OKUNOIN CEMETERY, KOYASAN, JAPAN ARTIST: Doug Russell, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: About twelve days into a recent month-long trip in Japan, I sat down to sketch two tombstones in the Okunoin Cemetery on Mount Koya. The nearly two kilometer long cemetery is home to the graves of over 200,000 Buddhist monks – and just a […]

June 29th, 2019

The Cactus

ARTIST: Jessica Seacrest, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I live in Southern Arizona. Lots of amazing cacti. This sketch is of a Beavertail Prickly Pear. Occasionally I’ll snap pics when I’m out walking. I like painting from photos because I don’t feel rushed, plus the temps here get high. What appealed to me the most about […]

June 13th, 2019

Square Sketchbook Giveaway

We’re giving away ten of our new 7½” x 7½” softcover sketchbooks. Winners can choose one sketchbook from the following series in which this new size is offered: • Alpha Series • Beta Series • Zeta Series • Nova Trio (toned paper – mixed sheets)

TO ENTER CONTEST: Simply email us with your name to: […]

June 8th, 2019

Hot Sauce

ARTIST: Shari Blaukopf, Canada ARTIST STATEMENT: Every once in a while, I love to take my tubes of gouache out to play. I find that the process of applying opaque pigments onto toned paper is a great exercise in thinking about colour mixing.

The real challenge in this one was figuring out what to do […]

May 10th, 2019

Thanos Study in Gouache

ARTIST: Jordan Rhodes, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I painted this gouache study out of excitement and anticipation of the upcoming movie Avengers Endgame. This particular scene was from Infinity War when Thanos was explaining his motivation behind his quest to eliminate half of the universe. While at the surface it is a cruel intention, it […]

April 8th, 2019

Starlight

Artist: Sara Crawley, United States Artist Statement: This was done in a Nova Trio sketchbook that I was given. I love it! The fact I get to pick from three different colored pages is fun. This art piece was inspired by several things: my joy of playing video games, stargazing, and coats.

As always I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]