June 6th, 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 […]

May 9th, 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 […]

March 28th, 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 […]

July 13th, 2019

Tree Trunks

ARTIST: Don Gore, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I essentially always carry one or more sketchbooks on all of my daily travels. We were in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC and a simple view of the sun coming through the leaves of the trees caught my eye. The layers of the trees […]

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: […]

April 19th, 2019

Awakening

ARTIST: Rachel Gates, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: When I painted this, I’d been thinking about the importance of sketchbooks. How they are more than just a place to create. They are a place to experience, to explore, to learn, to share with the world or even to keep sacred with oneself. I was excited to […]

February 17th, 2019

Dana

Artist: Ben Stanford, United States Artist Statement: I’ve always been drawn to the human figure, and portraits in particular. The figure isn’t just something to be copied or reproduced but is a space for honest exploration. I use painting as a means through which tradition and craftsmanship can serve as a touchstone for the creative […]

December 11th, 2018

Red Button Radish

Artist: Dr. Disha Chauhan, India Artist Statement: I love capturing everyday happenings around me on paper and over time have realised they work as great inspiration for colour, form and detailing study. In the process I am also trying to understand my own style too. As I have been trying major changes in my life […]

August 31st, 2018

Melbourne Architecture Puzzler

Artist: Mark Poulier, Australia Artist Statement: On Instagram, I like to challenge followers with quizzes and teasers. I often draw a detail, a grouping of odd couples, leave bits out or draw unidentified buildings in a post and ask followers to solve the riddle I propose.

This sketch of a window detail of a prominent […]

August 23rd, 2018

Highland Cattle

Artist: Oliver Meinerding, United States Artist Statement: Years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Scotland with my wife. Not only were the land and architecture astounding, but so were some of the animals. Particularly eye-catching were the iconic Highland Cattle which I was able to grab a few photos of. With this sketch, I […]

May 18th, 2018

Smithsonian Castle

Artist: Amanda Kavanagh, United States Artist Statement: This is a quick sketch from a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Normally when I’m visiting a city like D.C., I’m jumping from museum to monument to gallery, trying to take in as much as I can each day. It’s exhilarating and fun, but usually ends up as […]

February 28th, 2018

Fragrance of Spring

Artist: Irina Safronova, Russia Artist Statement: I created this artwork in stages. After determining the layout, I first moistened each petal section of the tulip on the paper with water, then introduced multiple watercolour washes, wiped with a wet brush. I layered bright places to build up color. After drying I added even more washes […]

January 12th, 2018

Zeta Series

ZETA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/zeta

Excerpt from online review: “By far the Zeta series is my favorite paper to draw on. The paper is smooth and thick, allowing for lots of layering and blending without any pilling and erases quite nicely.”

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December 21st, 2017

Koi Stream

Aritst: Juanjo Gaspar, Spain Artist Statement: While visiting the Sensō-ji in Tokyo, I saw this stream of koi, and I couldn’t resist painting them. I’m in love with Japanese culture; I have studied Japanese and Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy), so this trip was a chance for me to get a first-hand glimpse of the icons […]

December 6th, 2017

Prickles and Petals

Artist: Laura Capuano, Italy Artist Statement: For this piece I wanted something fresh. I was so used to tulips and peonies, so I needed something different. I loved the idea of succulents: they look “friendly”, in a way, even with all these prickles. So what better than flowers?

The contrast between the petals and the […]

October 8th, 2017

Guiness® Extra Stout

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: No matter what I paint, much planning goes into it. Having been commissioned to paint a bottle of Guinness® Extra Stout – whose color is advertised as being equally as deep as its taste – made this job a bit more stressful.

I always start a painting with […]

September 22nd, 2017

Mixed Media Portrait

Artist: Sebastian Tinajero, United States Artist Statement: This piece began as a pencil sketch inside my sketchbook during one of my routine visits at my favorite coffee shop where I often go to draw and paint. I usually visualize colors according to the sense of mood I’m feeling while working on a project. For this […]

August 5th, 2017

From Urban Sketchers Symposium 2017

Chicago Theater Marquis By Urban Sketchers founder, Gabi Campanario The landmark Chicago Theater on State Street, built in 1921.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Thank you to the Urban Sketchers organization for inviting Stillman & Birn to be a sponsor of this […]

July 1st, 2017

Zeta Series Sketchbook Tour

Thank you to Mark Fraley for posting this great video sketchbook tour of his recently completed Zeta sketchbook. https://youtu.be/W9J4Ti3_aSk Shown here, “Bighorn Sheep”

MEDIA: Ink, Watercolor, Collage SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mark Fraley is a collage and portrait artist based in Broomfield, […]

April 5th, 2017

Tropical Days

Artist: Janine Weiss, United States Artist Statement: As a fashion designer, owning my own business, I had gotten away from taking the time to just sit, draw, paint and doodle for my personal self. I got hooked on Instagram and the many different artists I found there, each so inspirational in their own way. I […]