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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 […]

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 […]

April 28th, 2016

Whose Next for a Ride?

ARTIST: Colleen McCafferty, Australia ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired to paint camels by Danny Gregory’s blog on Sketchbook Skool. I remembered that I have photographed lots of camels on my travels. But having seen the camels first-hand helped enormously with my colour choices and to paint with an artist’s eye.

I usually sketch out with […]

April 25th, 2016

Kawaii Citrus

ARTIST: Kate Hadfield, United Kingdom ARTIST STATEMENT: I’ve recently started a new sketchbook project specifically to play more freely with different materials, patterns and techniques as a balance to the more stylised drawings I create for my everyday work. This sketchbook drawing was inspired by a weekly drawing challenge I take part in on Instagram, […]

April 19th, 2016

Hungarian Parliament Building

Artist:  George Lewis, United States

Artist Statement: I use watercolor as a tool to express my thoughts and emotions. One of its great qualities is seeing the water and paint co-mingle together, almost dancing on the paper. I have always been deeply drawn to architecture, on which the majority of my work is centered, and […]

April 11th, 2016

Sketchbook of the Teenage Egon Schiele

Research presented in the 2013 book titled “Egon Schiele: The Beginning” includes previously unpublished images from Schiele’s early sketchbook.

Among the sketches found in the journal is a portrait of Margarete Partonek (below), a girl who caught the artist’s attention when he was 15 years old. “The young Schiele quickly became obsessed with Margarete, drawing […]

April 8th, 2016

Pick of the Day at Wet Paint – St. Paul, MN.

PICK OF THE DAY AT WET PAINT – ST. PAUL, MN. Thank you to Meg and the rest of the wonderful staff at Wet Paint (St. Paul, MN.) for selecting Stillman & Birn as their Pick of the Day. Meg writes, ““My go-to sketchbook is the Zeta by Stillman & Birn. The extra-heavy weight, smooth […]

April 8th, 2016

Prairie Style Planter – Café Brauer – Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il.

Artist: Andrew Banks, United States Artist Statement: My sketchbook is a record of my artistic process; a place for me to investigate and develop techniques and to record what inspires me. This Prairie Style planter is just one of many sketches in an ongoing series dedicated to the architecture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of […]

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 14th, 2016

Arising from Flowers

Artist: Mashiiro (Magalie Gréaux), France Artist Statement: Flowers have always been a subject I wanted to practice with watercolors. For this piece, I wanted to depict a fragile woman, reaching from a field of delicate white flowers, like she used to be one of them, and “evolve” to a woman. I found that layering washes […]

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 27th, 2016

A Fanciful Bookplate

Artist: Jody Marx, United States Artist Statement: I started keeping a small-format sketchbook in 2013. I always put my name and phone number in the front since I lost a sketchbook at a superstore a few years ago. (Luckily I got it back.) My contact pages have become increasingly fanciful over the years. This illustration […]

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 […]

February 16th, 2016

Gurudwara Sahib

Artist: Sunil Shinde, United States Artist Statement: Everybody has a story to tell. I have a story to show. I love to read and am an avid reader of history. All that reading makes me travel. Sketching helps me travel better. My sketches remind me of places I want to read about. This is a […]

December 1st, 2015

Bea McNally’s in Hackettstown

Artist: France Belleville-Van Stone Artist Statement: Because I rarely do a “pre-sketch” in pencil, I often end up with second or third attempts on one page. There is something healthy about keeping the failed drawings close at hand, to be reminded of where they went wrong. The construction lines cannot be erased as they were […]

November 24th, 2015

Daffodil Days

Artist: Shevaun Doherty, Ireland Artist Statement: [Ed: The following is reposted from a blog post first published by the artist in April, 2014 http://botanicalsketches.blogspot.ie/…/04/daffodil-days.html ]

Golden daffodils are always the first to appear each year, heralding the start of spring and the promise of warmer brighter days. Daffodils would certainly make a statement, but they […]

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 […]

November 14th, 2015

Supporting the nation and people of France

French Flag by Roger Pfister, U.K.