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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 […]

June 24th, 2018

Banana Plant , Lake Sandoval Lodge, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Artist: Doug Russell, United States Artist Statement: Nearly half way through a recent month-long trip in Peru, I sat down to sketch this banana plant behind the Lake Sandoval Lodge in the rainforest near Puerto Maldonado. Taking advantage of some free time between nature hikes in the jungle and canoe rides on the lake, I […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

December 15th, 2017

Nova Series Review

Artist Jennifer McLean, author of “Just Add Water Silly”, the popular blog about watercolor and mixed media, recently posted this review of our Nova Series sketchbooks: http://justaddwatersilly.com/2017/11/27/toned-paper-stillman-birn-nova/#comments Shown here are two of Jenn’s drawings done on Nova Series paper from the review, both painted with watercolor and gel pen.

There’s just one more day to […]