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 […]

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 […]

September 21st, 2015

Art Therapy: Drawing Furiosa

Artist: Christina Yoder, United States Artist Statement: So this evening, we had the very difficult situation of having to treat our cat Ruby who had contracted bobcat fever. The survival rate, at best is 60%. And to destress I decided to draw one of my favorite strong female film characters of all time, “Furiosa” from […]

August 12th, 2015

My Stillman & Birn Collection

Artist: ‘BurgerSketch’, Australia Artist Statement: For one spread, I usually start with one corner and finished the rest of the page. I normally use ink, watercolour and markers. I started sketching in April 2014.

Since I was a newbie, I tried to practice everyday and that’s how my sketch journal began. My favourite sketchbooks are […]

August 6th, 2015

Red-tailed Hawk

Artist: Mark Fraley, United States Artist Statement: I love to play with a variety of tools and techniques. For this first page of a new hardbound 8.5 x 11 Alpha Series sketchbook, I sketched out the image of red tailed hawk, a fascinating bird my son and I love to watch here in Colorado. I […]

July 28th, 2015

Flowering Cranny

Artist: Tim Smith, United States Artist statement: Like all sketchbook junkies, I get charmed by those little corners of the world that no-one seems to be looking at. The dappled thing, the tool handle worn down by calloused hands, the first dandelion. I’m nagged by the suspicion that right in front of my nose is […]

July 7th, 2015

Allard J2X

Paul Heaston is not only a great artist but a great bookbinder too! Paul made this sketchbook from sheets of Alpha Series paper that we now offer in 22″ x 30″.

The Allard was a limited edition 1950’s British sports car, shipped to the U.S. engine-less and fitted with Lincoln and Cadillac engines. Paul drew […]

May 23rd, 2015

Water Lilies

Artist: Michael Broshar, United States Artist Statement: My subjects are usually based on the places I visit, or interesting subjects that I find in photographs. My architectural background leads me towards painting architectural subjects, but I find interesting subjects in the world around me. I travel the countryside of Iowa and find the rural landscapes, […]

May 9th, 2015

U.O.P. Landscape 1

Artist: Salvador Castío, United States Artist’s statement: I drew this landscape at the beginning of 2014. It was the first thing that I drew in my new Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook. After 25 years of using the same brand of sketchbook, I discovered Stillman & Birn and changed. Their quality is superb and […]

May 6th, 2015

View of Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo

Artist: Adrian Rosario [ @lioninc_ ] Artist Statement: I feel like drawing is a simple task: just put a pencil on a paper and try to make sense of an image. I start by sketching and trying to fit everything and make the proportions I want to accomplish. Then I add detail, still sketching with […]

April 25th, 2015

Foggy Morning

Artist: Suzie Mattos Irby, United States Artist Statement: The first thing I drew in life was a little bouquet of flowers when I was about 3 years old for my grandmother to take to my grandfather in the hospital. She saved that for many years. The latest painting was from a photo taken by Irini […]

April 14th, 2015

Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church)

Artist: Wolfgang Krisai, Austria Artist Statement: This is a drawing of Vienna’s Peterskirsche, a church built in the Baroque style in the 18th century. It is situated in The Graben, one of the most famous streets in Vienna’s First District, the city center. The church was built in a very compact form, revealing a much […]

March 16th, 2015

Storm Troopers

Artist: Allison Sohn Artist Statement: People draw a lot of Star Wars imagery; as an authorized Lucasfilm artist, I’ve done my share. I think the way to make your art memorable, especially when drawing something like Storm Troopers, which can be so very same-y, is to do it in a way that makes your work […]

February 9th, 2015

Rugged Cosmos

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: I use the Alpha Series for almost everything. The lighter weight of the paper is really pleasing for journal work and both wet and dry media are easily manipulated on the surface. Alpha has a slight tooth, and results in a light texture when a field is quickly […]

January 5th, 2015

On the Avenida Paulista, São Paulo

This past summer’s Urban Sketchers Symposium took place in the historic Brazilian town of Paraty, giving participating artists the chance to visit the nearby city of São Paulo. Swedish designer and Urban Sketchers’ correspondent Nina Johansson sent us the following drawing and report from her visit:

“This sketch is from Avenida Paulista in São Paulo. […]

November 5th, 2014

Artichoke Flower

Artichokes, like all other thistles, will flower given time. In this write-up, Australian artist and educator Carol Lee Beckx describes coming across a flowering artichoke in her native South Africa and painting it years later from a reference photo: “It’s not often that one comes across artichokes when the flowers have developed. In the vegetable […]

October 11th, 2014

After the Rain – Paris Morning

Thanks to Iain Stewart for posting this great watercolor of a wet Parisian street on his Facebook page, Iain Stewart Waterrcolors. In creating this piece, Iain started with an underdrawing in pencil and then layered color, building up tone with several watercolor washes. Afterwards, Iain lifted pigment from the center of the page to create […]

September 12th, 2014

Soho Panorama

British-born Pete Scully is Urban Sketchers’ correspondent now living in California but he returns to the U.K for regular summer visits. Here is a drawing Pete recently did on a Soho street in London: “This is a two-page panorama of Berwick Street, in the heart of Soho. Straight ahead is the Blue Posts Pub, an […]

September 1st, 2014

Sketching Fast & Loose

Rhoda Draws (yes, that’s her real name!) is a caricature artist, illustrator and educator who has hosted several Stillman & Birn workshops in the Bay Area. Rhoda’s dynamic drawing style is to capture the essence of a subject quickly with long fluid lines and bold color. Last year Rhoda came back from a trip to […]