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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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Portrait of Kennedy McMann

ARTIST: Justin Maas, Canada
MEDIA: Pencil, white charcoal
SURFACE: 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 – about an hour and a half sketch, done in my hotel room in Vancouver. I drew it in my Stillman and Birn Nova beige sketchbook, which I love for these types of pieces as they accept light and dark media equally well. This one was done with graphite (mostly mechanical pencils) and white charcoal (Generals) in my 9 x 12 book.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Justin Maas is a portrait and commercial artist living in British Columbia, Canada with his wife and two daughters. Justin works primarily in dry media (graphite, charcoal and pastel) and is known around the globe for his long-standing series of celebrity portraits. Justin’s work may be found on Instagram and Youtube (@maas.art) and Facebook (Justin Maas Artist) or look for his book at your local bookstore, “Drawing Realistic Pencil Portraits Step by Step” published by Penguin Random House.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Roofs of Kaluga

ARTIST: Alex Gimein, Russia
MEDIA: Fountain pen, ink, acrylic, paint markers
SURFACE: 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 lines and I was absolutely amazed by this view with various roof shapes, materials, and church domes in the background. All of the line work was made on location with a fountain pen and permanent ink, and colored later with Molotow One4all acrylic markers and Uni POSCA paint markers. I have been using Stillman & Birn Nova sketchbooks for more than a year and at the moment this is my favorite surface; colors of paint markers shine on this paper and it can hold a lot of acrylic ink layers. This particular picture was drawn on a Nova Trio sketchbook, which is perfect for traveling, thanks to its three paper colors.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Alex Gimein is an amateur artist and urban sketcher from Moscow, Russia. His favorite theme is the streets of old Moscow. He is inspired by the urban environment with all its attributes – courtyards, alleys, brick walls, drain pipes, & air ducts. His favorite techniques are pen & ink and mixed media. He has participated in several exhibitions and teaches workshops on urban sketching.

Instagram: @omally13art
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omally13

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Hands on Creativity – Plaza Art Nashville – 10/26 & 10/27

Calling all artists, art makers, craftsman and kids! Stillman & Birn is thrilled to partner with Plaza Art Nashville for their 9th annual Hands on Creativity event on October 26th & 27th. Join us for this two day creative festival and preview all the latest products from Stillman & Birn. Visit the event on their page for details.

Hands On Creativity – Event Information Flyer: https://www.plazaart.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/HOC_Nashville_2019.pdf

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Clairefontaine Rhodia Acquires Stillman & Birn

Sillman & Birn’s management team announces the acquisition of our company by Clairefontaine Rhodia. We are pleased that our unique mixed media sketchbook system will be nurtured in the future by this renowned and highly respected French paper company. Our connection to the Clairfontaine organization is not new: Stillman & Birn’s paper has always been manufactured by Clairefontaine’s, Schut Paper division. So there will be absolutely no change in our sketchbooks’ paper or in our sketchbook bindings. We thank our customers for your past support and look forward to continue building the Stillman & Birn brand as we become part of the Clairefontaine Rhodia family of products.

 

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CLAIREFONTAINE RHODIA ACQUIRES STILLMAN & BIRN, SKETCHBOOK TRAILBLAZERS SINCE 1958

Exaclair is pleased to announce that Clairefontaine Rhodia, a subsidiary of the French corporate group Exacompta Clairefontaine SA, has acquired Stillman & Birn LLC, a U.S. brand of sketchbooks.
The Stillman & Birn brand has been a key player in the fine arts materials industry in the U.S. for
decades. Its founder was an esteemed Viennese bookbinder and craftsman, Philip Birn (1911 – 2004),
who pioneered the concept of the black hardbound sketchbook from his small plant on Lafayette
Street, Manhattan in 1958.

ABOUT STILLMAN & BIRN SKETCHBOOKS
The Stillman & Birn collection offers artists a unique system of premium sketchbooks designed to
support mixed media, allowing them to choose the paper weight, shade and surface that is best suited
for their media and techniques. The sketchbooks are made with robust, high-performance Schut paper
and are bound in the U.S.

THREE BRANDS, UNITED BY A COMMITMENT TO QUALITY PAPER AND THE ENVIRONMENT
In 1998, Clairefontaine Rhodia acquired Schut Papier, B.V. as a subsidiary of Exacompta
Clairefontaine. The Schut mill has been manufacturing fine paper in the Netherlands since 1618.
Centuries after serving as Rembrandt’s supplier, the mill now works with Clairefontaine to continue to be at the forefront of papermaking, preserving the quality and care that has made them a favorite
among artists and students for almost half a millennium.

Likewise, Stillman & Birn’s corporate culture embraces a tradition of uncompromising quality. It’s a
natural fit for Clairefontaine to add Stillman & Birn to its fine art lines. This acquisition will support a dynamic product development program and a synergy of growth between the three fine art brands, functionally and geographically.

Clairefontaine Rhodia has entrusted Exaclair, Inc., the group’s U.S. distributor since 1984, with the
sales and logistics integration of Stillman & Birn’s operations in North America.

 

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Café Goodluck

ARTIST: Niloufer Wadia, India
ARTIST STATEMENT: This sketch was done on location at the very busy Fergusson College Road, Pune. Café Goodluck has been situated at that crossing since 1935, an iconic eatery open 7am through 11.30pm, serving no frills Indian tea, snacks and meals, and always overfull. As a group, the Urban Sketchers Pune chapter, we’ve sketched in front of it often, but this was my first time on toned paper.

I was using the Stillman & Birn lovely Nova Trio 7.5 x 7.5 inch sketchbook, experimenting because I’ve almost never used toned paper. I began drawing with a Sailor Fude pen with 55 degree angled nib, then added watercolor, white gouache, went to town with a white Uniball pen, Posca pens and some more details in black pen. Basically, for someone who works mostly on a white background, rearranging one’s brain to see the paper as a middle tone rather than a highlight was an invigorating challenge.

MEDIA: Ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Gray – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Niloufer Wadia is from Pune, India. She had worked in advertising for 20 years before quitting to follow her first love, illustration – mostly for children’s books, and fine art. Urban Sketching is another huge passion. She works in watercolor, acrylics, and digitally. Her work is visible at @niloufer.sketches & @niloufer.artist

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Garden of the Gods in July

ARTIST: Josue Salazar, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: This painting is of the unique rock formation found in the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado. It was made with gouache paint, and I wanted to capture the brightness of the day so I did not hold back on using my brightest greens for the foreground of the picture. I used multiple layers of gouache paint in order to capture the textures of the rocks. Overall, this was a very fulfilling painting and I’m quite happy with it.

MEDIA: Gouache
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Josue Salazar is an educator and artist based in Northern California. Inspired by his past experiences and the world around him, he endeavors to communicate the way he understands creation and the different forces that control it. He uses a variety of mediums that allow him to expand the way he creates his art. You can follow his art on Instagram @josue.with.context as well as his website www.salazarjosue.com.

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