Saturday, June 6, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984

ARTIST: Allison Sohn, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love good illustration, and beautiful portrait work. I don’t draw often enough, but when I make the time I feel like I just want to get a little bit closer to being better at both those things.

I always pencil my pieces out first, and then do a light erase of the pencil line art. I don’t mind if a little pencil shows through in the final piece, but if I leave too much graphite on the paper the tips of the markers will grab and that soft graphite and smear it.

I like to work dark to light, trusting that as I blend my transparent medium (in this case, marker) that I’ll achieve the range of value I’m looking for. One nice thing about the Stillman & Birn papers is that they are really good for this sort of continual blending; the ink on the paper doesn’t dry out so quickly that I find myself with streaks or weird marker delineation I don’t want.

MEDIA: Soft lead pencil (4B – 6B), Copic Sketch Markers and a little bit of White Universal Rapidograph Ink applied with a brush.

SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Allison has been drawing most of her life. Wanting to be an illustrator, and loving comic book art, she has done professional work in both the comic book and trading card industries. Allison has created images for Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, DC Comics and other television and film properties. Allison lives with her husband, a highly regarded illustrator himself, and their 4 Old English Sheepdogs and 3 cats. Their latest adventure, while Staying at Home, is a Patreon page where they both take turns drawing in an informal lesson format live for their friends and fans alike.

Instagram: MrsAdamHughes
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AllisonSohnArtist
Patreon: www.patreon.com/adamhughes

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Repost: Wolves in Plain Sight

ARTIST: Vin Ganapathy, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I used a red ink induced water brush and to create a background. When it dried, I drew over it with white ink, Japanese Brush pens and gouache to create the image. The piece was my reaction to society’s willingness to accept masks and facades, complacency with what’s bad and ultimately dangerous.

Ed. Note: We posted this image originally in 2017. A visitor to our blog brought it to our attention again recently. The symbolism of this troubling image resonates on many levels in these days of the Covid-19 crisis. We felt it was therefore appropriate to revisit it again now.

MEDIA: Ink and gouache
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Vin is an artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. He draws on multiple influences that inform his imagery and work. Mixing pen, pencil and paint, Vin’s illustrations are marked by fine, almost-frail line work and sudden bursts of color. Taking slice-of-life inspiration from the city around him, his drawings are strangely kinetic and eerily true-to-life.
vinganapathy.com
Instagram: @vinganapathy

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Gouache Portrait Study

ARTIST: Jordan Rhodes, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: For my gouache studies I like to go with a layering approach, working from dilute to more opaque as I build up layers. The dilute layers allow me to experiment with different color combinations, which can be easily covered or further incorporated into the piece.

MEDIA: Gouache, graphite
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra-heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jordan Rhodes is a recent Ph. D. graduate in chemistry. He rediscovered his love for art during grad school as a way to relax away from the lab. Now he plans to pursue art more seriously and continue to improve.
Instagram: @jmr_art
YouTube: @jmr_art

See the 60-second fast frame video detailing the creation of this portrait here: https://www.facebook.com/Stillmanandbirn/videos/282034389602403/

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Thai Basil & Garlic Study

ARTIST: Monali Haldipur, New Delhi, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: I enjoy sketching en plein air with watercolours, and I use these to achieve fluidity and vibrant hues that inspire my choice of subjects. I usually begin with a line drawing using 3B/4B graphite pencil and then use watercolour washes.

MEDIA: Graphite, Watercolour
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium-grain Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Rooted in the visual form, Monali’s work involves exploration of both her personal and urban environment, capturing moods, cultural identities and stories with her brush. Her colourful sketches pay tribute to the places she has traveled to. Monali sells her original artworks and also offers commissioned work.

Instagram: @monali.haldipur
E-mail: monalihappy7@gmail.com

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Watercolor Studies – Portraits & Flowers

ARTIST: Marie Vorländer, Germany

ARTIST STATEMENT: Up until a year ago I used to primarily draw from imagination and rarely worked with creating traditional studies from reference. Since then I have found great joy in creating these curated pages of sketches and studies. My chosen medium for these have to be watercolors as the textures they create and the slight unpredictability give them the needed character.

MEDIA: Watercolors & pencil
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: As a character-focused artist I love to explore faces and expressions in my drawings. My sketchbooks are my trusty companions on my creative journey and while filling them, I like to use a variety of different traditional mediums ranging from watercolors, gouache, pencils, markers and more.

Instagram: @mavorie

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Monday, May 4, 2020

White Camellia Floral Study

ARTIST: Allyson Tierney Jones, South Carolina, USA

ARTIST STATEMENT: My neighbor’s gorgeous camellia bushes always inspire me, especially when in full bloom. A promise of spring contrasted against the stark, bareness of winter’s chill. Camellias are one of my favorite flowers to paint for this reason! I referenced a photo I took myself, and made this study using a graphite pencil, layered watercolor washes, and added final details with colored pencils and white ink. My watercolor style is inspired by traditional Japanese floral painting and newly acquired knowledge of glazing with western watercolors. I enjoy mixing different materials and techniques!

MEDIA: Graphite, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Gel Pen
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Allyson Tierney Jones, is a freelance illustrator, living and working in her home studio in South Carolina, USA. Although her main artistic focus is in digital illustration and character design, in her downtime she enjoys working in watercolor, and creating floral and landscape studies inspired by the traditional art and culture of Japan. She enjoys exploring various subjects and styles from comic and anime pop culture, creature design and animals, and more recently delving into science fiction illustration and web comics.
Under the artist name: ‘Nekkyo Usagi, she is open for both digital and traditional illustrations and commissions!

Instagram: @nekkyousagiart
Artstation: https://www.artstation.com/nekkyousagi

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Japanese White Eye

ARTIST: Wayne Gott, West Yorkshire, England.

ARTIST STATEMENT: The diversity and genius of nature has always been my inspiration. How could it not be? Birds in particular are a source of great enjoyment for me, with their incredibly diverse range of anatomy, colours, habitat and individual character. I begin my work with a sketch piece which in itself will look complete. After this I add a series of very light colour washes with a very soft brush so as not to disturb the graphite beneath. Very little detail is added to the piece as the initial sketch has done that for me, but if I need to add further fine detail I’ll use colour pencil.
Every bit of nature is an artwork in itself, it’s a pleasure to be able to replicate that in my work.

MEDIA: Watercolour, graphite, colour pencil
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I have been drawing since I was very young. Taking first to the airbrush, eventually custom painting motorbikes I was featured in a number of magazines producing how-to demonstrations. In recent years I have ditched the flames and skulls and turned to nature for my inspiration to further develop my skills as an illustrator and artist. Walks in the woods, nature reserves and the Yorkshire countryside with my partner and three sons gives me a wealth of material in which to draw upon.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Queen Amidala

ARTIST: Martin Cavataio, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: My method of creating pictures is using a dot outline method using a 2h pencil from any set. The dot method is where I make an outline using light dots with a 2h pencil and then, when I find the shape that I like, I’ll outline it using that 2h pencil and make a link through all the dots. I use all of Stillman & Birn sketchbooks, this drawing of Queen Amidala was done in a Delta Series sketchbook!

MEDIA: Graphite, colored pencils, conte crayons
SURFACE: Delta Series-Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: My name is Martin , I am an artist, writer, concept artist, and a tattoo artist from Los Angeles, California. I live currently in Washington. My Instagram is @kingcavataio

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Launching Our New Website

Stillman & Birn was acquired last September by Clairefontaine Rhodia and is now distributed in the U.S. by Exaclair, Inc. We have now refreshed the S&B website to make the information about the brand clearer and to make navigating the site more user-friendly. We hope you find this helpful.

Please check out our updated website at this link: www.stillmanandbirn.com

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Arturo

ARTIST: Natalie Higgins, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love experimenting and playing in my sketchbook. Most of the time I do this at night, on the couch watching television with my husband. It gives my mind a break from the technical and precise work of designing and making jewelry, my day job. I enjoy trying to capture the expression and mood of the human face. In this drawing, I started with just values with no real structure lines. I squint my eyes to see the darks and lights. I start tightening up my drawing a little at a time while erasing marks that are wrong. I start adding more value to create depth, add texture and focus on details.

MEDIA: Pencils, 2H-6B
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Natalie Higgins is an artist and jewelry designer living in Magnolia, Texas with her husband, two Labradors and two cats. She has a creative soul that loves to explore various mediums with the goal of having fun and relaxing. Sketching allows her to have the freedom to play.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hudson Valley Sketches: Nova Trio Sketchbook Review

ARTIST: Jamie Williams Grossman, United States

The following are excerpts from Jamie’s review of the Nova Trio square sketchbook.

If you love working on different colored toned papers, this sketchbook is for you! I usually carry around a selection of paper colors if I’m working out on location in gouache. Stillman and Birn came out with this Nova Trio sketchbook not too long ago. It contains gray, tan, and black papers within the same book. It doesn’t get more convenient than this in a sketchbook with heavy weight paper! If gouache is your thing, these books are hard to beat.

Last Friday, I had an immature Bald Eagle pay me a visit during lunchtime! Fortunately, my trusty Nikon P900 was nearby, so I snapped a bunch of photos of him from the kitchen window, and did the sketch above from my reference images in gouache on gray paper.

At the Wadsworth Antheneum, there was a wonderful exhibit of Italian Master Drawings. I was especially intrigued by one that was sketched with red chalk, then finished with pen and ink. I wanted to play with that idea on toned paper. I bought a bouquet of flowers, and turned to the tan section of the book. Starting with a Sanguine Conte Pastel Pencil, I sketched some of the flowers, then worked with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, which I’d filled with Caran d’Ache Grand Canyon ink.

Of course I had to try the black paper too! The flowers from my bouquet were still alive, so I took advantage of that, painting with a little gouache travel set I’ve made up with a limited palette — just red, magenta, yellow, blue, white, and neutral grays.

To read the full review, visit https://bit.ly/2Ww0gvy and follow Jamie on Instagram at @jamiewilliamsgrossman!

MEDIA: Gouache, Watercolor, Conte, Ink
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Gray, Beige, Black – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jamie Williams Grossman is a Signature Member and former Chairman of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and current Leader of their Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of over 425 artists. Jamie has taught painting workshops at Frederic Church’s Olana Historic Site, as well as for Scenic Hudson and Putnam Arts Council. Her paintings have been featured in USA Weekend, The Journal News, Plein Air Magazine, Putnam County News and Recorder, the Catskill Region Guide, Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Parent Magazine, Bedford Record Review and more. She maintains two studios in the Hudson Valley, but prefers the “outdoor” studio! She shares her sketches, sketchbooks, and tips for artists on her other website, Hudson Valley Sketches.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Across the Universe

ARTIST: Artdrawnd, California, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: As I always use my painting processes to express inner feelings and emotions, I never really control what will happen on a blank page. On this black paper, it seemed like a space void to me, and I spontaneously had this idea of filling it minimally with two tiny human figures just facing the universe together. You might see an illustration of the connection between the macrocosm and us, and a reminder of how small we are in the vastness of this universe, or you might see a different story, that’s up to you. It seems to be a topic of importance to me by the recurrence of similar scenes, semi abstract landscapes where the human figure will only be a dot in a vast space, if he’s even present and visible, while nature and its atmosphere are certainly the main focus.

MEDIA: Gouache & watercolor
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Black – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Artdrawnd is an artist born in France, currently based in northern California. She recently shifted careers from documentary and fine art photography to traditional art mediums such as watercolor, gouache and ink. Self-taught, her passion is led by her love for colors and arts in general, and an insatiable inspiration from nature. Her artworks are intuitive and spontaneous without preliminary sketching, following the mood of a moment and inner emotions, expressed in color nuances and minimalist scenes.

Instagram: @artdrawnd

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Eye Study in Graphite

ARTIST: Cilla Ellis, Australia

ARTIST STATEMENT: Although I use charcoal for many of my sketches, I was keen to push the level of detail and realism further in this study and so used graphite. My son was sitting quietly by the window and I was inspired by his “reflection”. I began by sketching and then shading lightly with a HB pencil before blending softly with a dry brush and blending stumps. Working primarily as a painter, the use of blending tools feels more natural and painterly to me when sketching to achieve the smooth transitions required. I believe that strong rendering skills are crucial to any painter.

The depth of shading was built up in layers using progressively darker graphite up to a 9B. The detail was added using Rotring mechanical pencils and a mono zero eraser gave me good control to pull back out some of the lighter patterns in the iris. The challenge with graphite is to push the darks as far as possible for contrast without damaging the drawing surface and a good quality paper goes a long way toward achieving this. The surface used for this sketch was robust enough to support the blending and layers of graphite without disrupting the paper whilst smooth enough to allow for fine detail.

MEDIA: Graphite, erasers
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Cilla Ellis is a realist artist living in Australia. Having trained and worked as a graphic artist she has always had a keen interest in composition and the effect of chequering dark against light within that composition. Cilla works in oils on Belgium linen and applies her process across genres including portraits, figures in the landscape and still life in its many facets. A member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, a high level of detail and commitment to the traditional approach and techniques of oil painting remain her focus. Cilla uses a very limited palette and believes this is the key to staying true to the values within a painting. Find her work on Instagram or the website listed below.

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/cilla_ellis_artist/
Website:
https://www.cillaellis.com/

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Stillman & Birn Nova Series

The Nova Series burst onto the scene in 2018 and it has become one of our customer’s most beloved products. This series give artists new options in paper color, all while still maintaining Stillman & Birn’s high quality mixed media standards. These papers weigh in at 150 gsm, and are ideal for dry and wet media, with more opportunities for artists to utilize opaque media. If you love gouache, acrylic, poster paints, colored pencils, and paint markers, you can choose the perfect canvas for your work and watch as your vibrant materials glow on this double-sized heavyweight paper. Available in a warm gray, a neutral gray, and a stunning black, or all three in our popular Nova Trio books. The Stillman & Birn Nova Series is ready for your next flash of inspiration, creating new avenues for expression that have excited artists since it was first announced!

Visit our website to learn more: https://www.stillmanandbirn.com/novatrio.html

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

First Congregational Church

ARTIST: Jorge Santiago Jr., United States

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: My urban sketches and comic work have always used black ink by default, but I started to question why I was using it at all. As fun as black ink is, it’s a neutral tone that doesn’t really add anything to the scene I’m depicting, so this piece was my first test of using colored inks instead of black for my urban sketching. The top of this church was bathed in the warm California sun, leaving the rest of the building resting in a cold shadow, so I used a blue acrylic ink for the line art in shadow and a warmer (but still cool) viridian green ink for the line art of the area in the light. When I started painting, I ended up covering up most of the green ink, but I left a lot of the blue ink visible in the shadows of the building because, unlike black ink, you get a sense of the temperature of the scene where you can see the blue lines peeking through. I drew and painted this on my Nova Series gray sketchbook, which perfectly accepted these two different materials and allowed me to start testing a fun technique that I can’t wait to explore in the future!

MEDIA: Gouache, watercolor, acrylic ink, and paint marker
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Gray – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jorge Santiago Jr. is a comic artist and illustrator born and raised El Paso, Texas. His love of story and art led him away to Atlanta, Georgia where he earned his Master’s Degree in Sequential art from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Since graduating, he has published several graphic novels, including co-creating the Ringo Award Nominated hit “Spencer & Locke” as well as his thesis comic “The Curse of the Eel” which he writes and draws himself. Jorge lives in the Atlanta area and can be found usually at cafes or at home, drawing and trying to find new and more interesting ways to tell a story!

INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: @jorgesantiagojr
WEBSITE: https://www.jorgesantiagojr.com

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The HiLo Diner

ARTIST: Bobbi Stegora Bina, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: The HiLo Diner is an original 50’s diner that had caught my eye several times on drive-by’s. When a friend suggested we meet there for lunch, I jumped at the chance to see if the inside was as fun as the exterior. I arrived early for the possibility of a quick sketch before meeting my friend. Before I knew it, I was totally immersed in my sketch of the objects on the lunch counter right in front of me (at the expense of missing the arrival of my friend)! The chatter of voices and the abundance of reflective surfaces of the diner created an all consuming feeling of “Back to the Future”. I’ve named this piece “Reflections at the HiLo” because that’s exactly what happened here.

Watercolor and fountain pen were my tools, with sketching block in and the inking done at the lunch counter but the color added later at home. Light touches of gouache were added last for accents.
My latest favorite Stillman & Birn is the Beta in the square format 7.5 x 7.5.

SURFACE: Beta Series — Extra Heavyweight — 270 gsm — White — Cold Press Finish
MEDIA: Watercolor, Fountain Pen, Gouache

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Bobbi Stegora Bina is a visual artist residing in Minnesota. Following an education and career in graphic arts, she is now an avid sketcher of everyday things experienced. Color and light are her muse and the visual stimulus in both familiar environments and distant travels. Her goal is to convey these subjects of interest with a personal spark of emotion.

Instagram: @bobbisbina

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

ARTIST: Santi Sallés, Spain

ARTIST STATEMENT: Drawing made with graphite pencil with oil base and painted with watercolors and topped with colored pencils. Drawn in soft cover notebook Stillman & Birn Beta series. 270 GSM, size 20.3×25.4 cm.

MEDIA: Oil-based pencils, watercolor, colored pencils
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Santi Sallés is an urban artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Barcelona and works for advertising agencies, companies, magazines and newspapers. He has published several drawing books and has participated in different international travel notebook festivals. He usually teaches urban drawing workshops and conferences.

Instagram: @santisalles
Facebook: www.facebook.com/santisallesargila/
Website:  santisalles.com

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

A House with a Story to Tell

ARTIST: Andrew Banks, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: This urban sketch was drawn from my car while parked on the side of the road in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. I enjoy exploring my surrounding neighborhoods for interesting scenes and architecture to sketch. I usually gravitate towards sketching larger, more well-known buildings and scenes, however on this particular day I wanted to focus on a more common, and typical scene for this area of town.

I was recently inspired to pare down my travel sketch kit so all I had with me was a ballpoint pen and this 3”x5” Epsilon Series sketchbook. A limited sketch kit allows me to focus more on the subject rather than spending tons of time deciding which combination of media to use.

This particular house and scene stood out to me because of the way the tree branches appear to hang over the house and serve as a framing device and compositional element on this sketchbook spread. The house was well taken care of, however it was also evidently older. It seemed like it had a story to tell. I not only wanted this sketch to focus on the house, but also to give a peak into its context; a tree lined street full of other vernacular architecture. The dark green color of the house provided a nice opportunity to incorporate darker values which contrasted with the bright sky and bare trees in the background. The ballpoint pen is a versatile medium, which allows for a range of values depending on the level of pressure you draw with and works perfectly on the smooth Epsilon paper.

I am a member of the Urban Sketchers Chicago Chapter. Minutes after posting this sketch to our Facebook group, a friend and fellow sketcher within the group saw my sketch and messaged me because he recognized the house and confirmed its exact address. The house happened to be owned by his family members. It turns out he had incredible childhood memories at the house and it brought him joy to see it in my sketch.

The house and my friend had many stories to tell. I am glad it caught my eye and that I decided to sketch it.

MEDIA: Ballpoint pen
SURFACE: Epsilon Series – Heavyweight – 150gsm – White – Smooth Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Andrew Banks is a Chicago based artist, illustrator and owner of Andrew Banks Illustration. Andrew has a Master of Architecture degree and works primarily in watercolor, ink and graphite. He specializes in illustrating architectural subjects and makes use of a variety of techniques from stippling and cross-hatching in ink to precise wash rendering and glazing methods in watercolor. He has created commercial art and illustrations for a client base including businesses, realtors, universities, and non-profit organizations. Other clients include individuals seeking to commission original art such as home portraits or purchasing one of his Chicago themed prints. When Andrew isn’t drawing or painting in his studio, he enjoys sketching the city on location in his sketchbooks, riding his bike along Lake Michigan and spending time with his wife, son and chocolate lab.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Town Square – Vence, France

ARTIST: Iain Stewart, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I enjoyed this one done in Vence. Walking with my friend Adrienne in town, we noticed another group painting and working in their sketchbooks. We just sat down amongst them and began to work. With so much going on in the buildings, I decided to keep the people and shadows as more of a graphic. Punchy color here and there too. As the other group realized we were not in competition or weirdos, a couple of conversations sprung up and while paint dried the other instructor and I had a nice chat about teaching abroad et al. Good times.

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Iain Stewart is an award winning watercolor artist and a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies among other state and international entities. He has also recently been inducted into the Whiskey Painters of America. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and hangs in many corporate and private collections. Most recently his watercolor “Oh to be back in the Land of Coca~Cola” won the Marge Saroka Memorial award at the 152nd American Watercolor Exhibition. Iain is a sought after watercolor instructor and juror and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. He also has a 3 DVD set and is currently working on his first book which will be published in 2020. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama, and in addition to gallery work, is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.

Instagram- @iainstew7
Facebook- Iain Stewart Watercolors
Twitter- @iainstew71
Web- stewartwatercolors.com

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sumatran Tiger

ARTIST: Alyssa Johnson, Australia
ARTIST 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 to test out my new Stillman & Birn Nova grey sketchbook. I find mid-toned paper is more satisfying to work with, allowing you to pick up both highlights and shadows more actively than with black or white surfaces. Alcohol based inks are less damaging to paper than water-based, so layering and blending is a breeze. I use the 6×8 size for easier transport.

MEDIA: Copic markers, fine liners, Posca paint markers
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Grey – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Alyssa Johnson is an Australian artist and animator specializing in figurine sculpting and 2D animation. She graduated from the Australian National University’s School of Art in 2013 and then worked on a 2D animated television show as a story artist before returning to Canberra. In her free time, she likes to make figurines of characters, creatures and people and dabble in digital art and drawing. Scientific illustration is another interest using mixed media including ink and gouache. Her social media platform of choice is Instagram (@derrison), but can be found on twitter as well under the same handle.

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