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May 5th, 2016

Oliver’s Nightmare

ARTIST: Jaimie Dent-Campbell, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: My mantra is “show up every day”. I set yearly challenges for myself to draw and/or paint every day. The practice of “showing up every day” has vastly improved my drawing/painting skills and has strengthened my confidence when approaching any subject. This year’s challenge, that I’ve dubbed “Life […]

March 27th, 2016

Gapstow Bridge – Central Park

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States Artist Statement: As much as I enjoy working in the studio, there really is no substitute for the experience of working on location. Although it can be intimidating, the knowledge I’ve gained from drawing and sketching in city crowds and changing environments has led me to understand my process more […]

March 3rd, 2016

Venasque, Provence

Renowned watercolor artist Iain Stewart discusses experimenting with a bold new technique.

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States Artist Statement: I have been experimenting with different tools and techniques for the last year or so, mainly a flat brush, dry brushing, and a palette knife, to explore the possibilities of a combination of my current approach […]

February 23rd, 2016

San Xavier Mission, Tucson

Artist: Thomas W. Schaller, United States ‪#‎thomaswschaller‬ Thank you Tom for posting this dramatic study of the historic 18th century Arizona mission. It’s amazing how much of a value range you are able to get with just a pencil!

MEDIUM: Pencil SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press […]

November 20th, 2015

Portrait of Daniel Radcliffe

Artist: Laura Sfait, United States Aritst Statement: I did this portrait of Daniel Radcliffe from a black and white reference photo. I made up the colors using my usual palette for skin tones and Walnut ink for the hair.

My procedure for portraits is based on simplification. Drawing is often not what you draw but […]

October 20th, 2015

Sunflowers

Artist: Cathe Jacobi, United States Artist Statement: I typically paint every evening, with a focus on the given season. I like to observe those elements that are ordinary but change with the weather. Some of my favorite things to observe are leaves, flowers, feathers, rocks…ordinary subject matter that continues to change with the temperature. I […]

October 5th, 2015

Abandoned Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Baker, California

Artist: Thomas W Schaller 02 Oct 2015 Thank you Tom for sharing this really atmospheric drawing. The comment left on your page about the similarity to the feel of the Bates Motel was on the mark. 🙂

MEDIUM: Pencil SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

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September 28th, 2015

English Coast Sand Dune

Artist: Felicity Flutter, U.K. Artist Statement: There are times when I trawl through my sketches and photos looking for inspiration for my next painting or drawing. I often have an open mind and no firm idea as to what will happen next.

The images I had of the Dunes and Marram Grass at Camber Sands […]

September 5th, 2015

Flowers from São Paulo

Artist: Sabrina Eras, Brazil Artist Statement: I like to use my sketchbooks with watercolor but it´s sometimes hard to find one with a paper that makes me happy. But when I saw this Beta Series that a lot of artists are using, I decided to try it and felt in love.

I am especially passionate […]

September 2nd, 2015

Kilauea Lighthouse

Artist: Joseph Stoddard, United States Artist Statement: This is a view of the Kilauea Lighthouse on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. I wanted to capture the brilliant colors of the ocean, the sun hitting the white structure and the waves crashing below while seagulls circle. I used a Sanford Uniball Micro pen to do […]

August 29th, 2015

The Mad Hatter

Artist: Molly Dixon, United States Artist Statement: I love drawing and have been drawing since I can remember. Growing up, I adored Disney and drew Disney characters all of the time. In fact, most of my sketchbooks from when I was a kid consist of Disney drawings. But when I went off to college and […]

August 26th, 2015

St. Edmund Parish School

Artist: Ted Gordon, United States Artist Statement: I sketched St. Edmund Parish School [Oak Park, IL] in watercolor. The ornate, French-styled features captured my attention and I wanted to paint the feeling of them knotted along the roofline. I chose two neighboring views that framed those details in dimensional lighting.

I worked on facing pages […]

July 1st, 2015

New Orleans Magnolias

Artist: Jan Evans, United States Artist Statement: Art has always been a way of life for me. I grew up moving every year or two, so drawing and painting became good friends. I received my BFA from Art Center College of Design. My work as an illustrator is very controlled, so when I am painting […]

June 18th, 2015

An Invitation to the Underwater World

Artist: Peggy Rustler, Germany Artist Statement: The French artist Mona Fontina announces a painting challenge every month with changing themes. This time it was the underwater world. I searched for a nice picture from our visits to sea life displays in zoos and parks. The seahorse caught my attention and I thought, it must be […]

May 2nd, 2015

Mandala Aqua

Artist: Maria Mercedes Trujillo A, New Zealand Artist Statement: I’m Maria Mercedes Trujillo A. from MagaMerlina, I’m a late bloomer, self-taught illustrator-crafter from Bogotá-Colombia, who now calls New Zealand home. I attended medical school became a psychiatrist and six years ago decided to make art my life project. I sketch, draw, paint and embroider.

I’ve […]

April 10th, 2015

Jail Bird

Artist: Carol Lowne, United States Artist Statement: I sketched and painted the “Jail Bird” chicken from a reference photo; it seemed fitting as I was snowbound and confined at the time to a hotel room in Pennsylvania. I love the simplicity of certain animal shapes (like the chicken here) and the brilliant color of this […]

March 30th, 2015

Portrait of Daisy Pearl

Artist: Riko Colin Chock, United States Artist Statement: This quick sketch is another try at understanding the properties of gouache and a little bit of facial anatomy. I used as a reference a photo from the fantastic iPhone app Sktchy.

What struck me about the particular reference photo were the beautiful colors of the subject’s […]

March 26th, 2015

Iced Latte in Bangkok

Artist: Suppachai Vong (lllouis), Thailand Artist Statement: I am a Thai artist, living in Bangkok. On Sunday afternoon I went to Siam Square, the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and entertainment district. I stopped at Lamune, the upscale stationery store, where I bought a Beta Series sketchbook. Then I went to the nearby Starbucks, got an […]

March 9th, 2015

Winter Cardinals

Artist: Amy Norkitis Artist statement: I have been consistently drawing and painting in sketchbooks for about six years. I rarely do any artwork outside of a sketchbook. I love that my artwork is contained in one place and is so portable. If I’m drawing on location, I just grab my bag and toss in my […]

February 25th, 2015

Santorini

Artist: Nat Nattapan, Thailand Artist Statement: The beautiful Greek island of Santorini is my most favorite place. I created this drawing with a Lamy fountain pen loaded with carbon black ink and then added Winsor & Newton watercolor. It took me one hour do to do the sketch and then another hour to do add […]