July 11th, 2020

Self-Portrait in Quarantine

ARTIST: Jimena Lagunilla, Spain

ARTIST STATEMENT: I work with many students and colleagues and my subject of study is the human body. When the COVID-19 quarantine suddenly interrupted our everyday life, it had and still has to this day, a very big impact on my routine. I found myself in this surreal situation of […]

April 28th, 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 […]

April 11th, 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 […]

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 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 30th, 2015

Portrait of Daisy Pearl

Artist: Riko Colin Chock, United States Artist Statement: This quick sketch is another try at understanding the properties of gouache and a little bit of facial anatomy. I used as a reference a photo from the fantastic iPhone app Sktchy.

What struck me about the particular reference photo were the beautiful colors of the subject’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

August 27th, 2014

A Yorkshire Farmhouse

Judith Alsop Miles posted this rainy day drawing at the beginning of August, soon after her return to the U.K. after living in southern France. It’s interesting to note how the artist captures the cloudy atmosphere of the day with water-soluble colored pencils, left dry. “Today was the first day of #DrawingAugust [tag] on Twitter. […]

August 11th, 2014

Floral Study

Florida artist Kathleen Pequignot sent us this colorful drawing along with the following report about her spontaneous drawing technique: “This floral study began with three separate photo inspirations. From these references I drew directly in my Beta Series art journal with a Uni-ball Super Ink pen. The ink is waterproof, so I was able to […]

May 19th, 2014

Radishes from a Farmers Market

Thank you Judy Schroeder for sharing this post of your drawing of a fresh bunch of radishes from the market. Wonderful composition, light and shadow. It really works as a two-page spread, drawing the leaves across the spine.

MEDIA: Water-soluble colored pencils and watercolor SURFACE: Beta Series – 180 lb. – 270 gsm – White […]

April 16th, 2014

Feather Mixed Media Exercise

British mixed media artist Vivien Blackburn created this two-page spread of feather drawing as an exercise for her mixed media class. “I’ve been teaching some individual classes as well as my usual weekly ones and this drawing was a demo of mixed media for new students. I find that feathers are a good subject for […]