September 5th, 2020

Chai in July

Artist: Shivani Jadon, Mumbai, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: Mumbai is known for its rains in the month of July. This year due to the lockdown, I had a chance to enjoy the rains at home with my favourite beverage, ‘chai’. With some inspiration from the net, I decided to paint this Gouache illustration. The colour […]

August 23rd, 2020

Apple Study on Black Surface

ARTIST: Ankit Jasmatiya, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: This is the reverse process artwork in which we need to go from dark to light. The surface is black and I can directly start using white charcoal pencil and finding light values. A process of this kind allows you to have a better understanding about light […]

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 […]

July 4th, 2020

Cacti Study

ARTIST: Isabel Manibardo, Spain

ARTIST STATEMENT: The reason for this study is that watercolor and nature are two of my passions, so I really enjoy painting plants, flowers, animals…Usually I do a very light drawing with an erasable pencil and apply only a few watercolor washes in order to preserve the light of the […]

June 27th, 2020

Siamese Fighting Fish

ARTIST: Sucharita Sengupta Suri, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always liked painting everyday objects and maintaining sketchbooks mostly using watercolor. Lately, I have discovered my love for painting animals. I have been a vintage enthusiast and also enjoy things that are slightly whimsical, which creates a world of its own in my mind. In […]

June 20th, 2020

A Study of Two Pomegrantes

ARTIST: Agathe Molvik, Norway

ARTIST STATEMENT: I live in a remote part of Northern Norway, and we don’t have access to a lot of exotic goods. We have lots of sketching opportunities out in nature, when weather permits, but we have very few shops and cafes. It’s all really a rather quiet life and […]

June 13th, 2020

Beta Series

Stillman & Birn’s Beta Series is an extra heavyweight (270 gsm) mixed media surface with a versatile cold press texture. The Beta Series holds up to a wide variety of techniques, such as layering, wet in wet watercolor washes, and mixed media mashups. Because this beautiful white paper is double-sized, it is especially robust […]

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 24th, 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, […]

May 17th, 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, WatercolourSURFACE: Alpha Series – […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 7th, 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 […]

January 4th, 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 pencilsSURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White […]

May 5th, 2016

Oliver’s Nightmare

ARTIST: Jaimie Dent-Campbell, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: My mantra is “show up every day”. I set yearly challenges for myself to draw and/or paint every day. The practice of “showing up every day” has vastly improved my drawing/painting skills and has strengthened my confidence when approaching any subject. This year’s challenge, that I’ve dubbed “Life […]

April 28th, 2016

Whose Next for a Ride?

ARTIST: Colleen McCafferty, Australia ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired to paint camels by Danny Gregory’s blog on Sketchbook Skool. I remembered that I have photographed lots of camels on my travels. But having seen the camels first-hand helped enormously with my colour choices and to paint with an artist’s eye.

I usually sketch out with […]

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 […]

April 8th, 2016

Pick of the Day at Wet Paint – St. Paul, MN.

PICK OF THE DAY AT WET PAINT – ST. PAUL, MN. Thank you to Meg and the rest of the wonderful staff at Wet Paint (St. Paul, MN.) for selecting Stillman & Birn as their Pick of the Day. Meg writes, ““My go-to sketchbook is the Zeta by Stillman & Birn. The extra-heavy weight, smooth […]

April 8th, 2016

Prairie Style Planter – Café Brauer – Lincoln Park, Chicago, Il.

Artist: Andrew Banks, United States Artist Statement: My sketchbook is a record of my artistic process; a place for me to investigate and develop techniques and to record what inspires me. This Prairie Style planter is just one of many sketches in an ongoing series dedicated to the architecture of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of […]

March 27th, 2016

Gapstow Bridge – Central Park

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States Artist Statement: As much as I enjoy working in the studio, there really is no substitute for the experience of working on location. Although it can be intimidating, the knowledge I’ve gained from drawing and sketching in city crowds and changing environments has led me to understand my process more […]