February 23rd, 2016

San Xavier Mission, Tucson

Artist: Thomas W. Schaller, United States ‪#‎thomaswschaller‬ Thank you Tom for posting this dramatic study of the historic 18th century Arizona mission. It’s amazing how much of a value range you are able to get with just a pencil!

MEDIUM: Pencil SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press […]

February 16th, 2016

Gurudwara Sahib

Artist: Sunil Shinde, United States Artist Statement: Everybody has a story to tell. I have a story to show. I love to read and am an avid reader of history. All that reading makes me travel. Sketching helps me travel better. My sketches remind me of places I want to read about. This is a […]

December 1st, 2015

Bea McNally’s in Hackettstown

Artist: France Belleville-Van Stone Artist Statement: Because I rarely do a “pre-sketch” in pencil, I often end up with second or third attempts on one page. There is something healthy about keeping the failed drawings close at hand, to be reminded of where they went wrong. The construction lines cannot be erased as they were […]

November 24th, 2015

Daffodil Days

Artist: Shevaun Doherty, Ireland Artist Statement: [Ed: The following is reposted from a blog post first published by the artist in April, 2014 http://botanicalsketches.blogspot.ie/…/04/daffodil-days.html ]

Golden daffodils are always the first to appear each year, heralding the start of spring and the promise of warmer brighter days. Daffodils would certainly make a statement, but they […]

November 20th, 2015

Portrait of Daniel Radcliffe

Artist: Laura Sfait, United States Aritst Statement: I did this portrait of Daniel Radcliffe from a black and white reference photo. I made up the colors using my usual palette for skin tones and Walnut ink for the hair.

My procedure for portraits is based on simplification. Drawing is often not what you draw but […]

November 14th, 2015

Supporting the nation and people of France

French Flag by Roger Pfister, U.K.

November 11th, 2015

Girl with Mobile Phone

Aritst: Russell Stutler, Japan Aritst Statement: This year I started drawing with a dip pen and bottle of ink which I loved during my high school days in the 1970s. I used a Zebra Maru (mapping pen) [comic pen nib] which is practically a crowquill nib and Pilot drafting ink for this drawing. Lately I’ve […]

October 23rd, 2015

Peonies and Grape Vines

Artist: Charley Parker, United States Artist Statement: I’m frequently fascinated by contrasts of light and dark in the landscape. These peonies are in my own yard. I noticed they looked great at a certain time of day in the dappled shade of the grape vines growing on the chain link fence along our driveway. I […]

October 16th, 2015

Beautiful Woman

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr., United States Artist Statement: I enjoy drawing people more than anything, and when I saw this woman at the store I wished I had my sketchbook on me. I drew this after coming home, the image still strong in my mind. I remembered the woman’s outfit, the hair, the […]

October 6th, 2015

Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Artist: Mais Qasrawi , Palestine Artist Statement: I usually try to capture scenes or characters and take them out of their usual context, either using freedom in line strokes or in the application of color. I take quite an unstructured approach to creating my art, which I think makes it look more lively to the […]

October 5th, 2015

Abandoned Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Baker, California

Artist: Thomas W Schaller 02 Oct 2015 Thank you Tom for sharing this really atmospheric drawing. The comment left on your page about the similarity to the feel of the Bates Motel was on the mark. 🙂

MEDIUM: Pencil SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

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September 28th, 2015

English Coast Sand Dune

Artist: Felicity Flutter, U.K. Artist Statement: There are times when I trawl through my sketches and photos looking for inspiration for my next painting or drawing. I often have an open mind and no firm idea as to what will happen next.

The images I had of the Dunes and Marram Grass at Camber Sands […]

September 26th, 2015

Her Whimsical Self

Artist: Iris Fritschi Cussens, United Kingdom Artist Statement: I always draw & paint faces. Faces tell a story; to me there is no part of the body that is as interesting as the face. There is so much to express, so much to learn and often the faces surprise me, as if they had a […]

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 […]

September 14th, 2015

Back Alley at Jalan Bahagia

Artist: Vincent Pang – CitiSketcha, Singapore Artist Statement: I grew up in this housing estate that was built in the 60’s under the local government’s housing administration, HDB. Being built then meant that there was a mix of 10-storey apartment buildings as well as 2-storey terrace houses which still stands today. The view of this […]

September 9th, 2015

Head Badges

Artist: Jessica Canales, United States Artist Statement: Head badges are hood ornaments and logos for bikes, attached to the bike’s “head tube”. This collection of vintage head badges was displayed at a new bike shop in Portland, Oregon, called Rivelo. They caught my eye, being old and detailed, and I love drawing up collections of […]

September 5th, 2015

Flowers from São Paulo

Artist: Sabrina Eras, Brazil Artist Statement: I like to use my sketchbooks with watercolor but it´s sometimes hard to find one with a paper that makes me happy. But when I saw this Beta Series that a lot of artists are using, I decided to try it and felt in love.

I am especially passionate […]

September 2nd, 2015

Kilauea Lighthouse

Artist: Joseph Stoddard, United States Artist Statement: This is a view of the Kilauea Lighthouse on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. I wanted to capture the brilliant colors of the ocean, the sun hitting the white structure and the waves crashing below while seagulls circle. I used a Sanford Uniball Micro pen to do […]

August 29th, 2015

The Mad Hatter

Artist: Molly Dixon, United States Artist Statement: I love drawing and have been drawing since I can remember. Growing up, I adored Disney and drew Disney characters all of the time. In fact, most of my sketchbooks from when I was a kid consist of Disney drawings. But when I went off to college and […]

August 26th, 2015

St. Edmund Parish School

Artist: Ted Gordon, United States Artist Statement: I sketched St. Edmund Parish School [Oak Park, IL] in watercolor. The ornate, French-styled features captured my attention and I wanted to paint the feeling of them knotted along the roofline. I chose two neighboring views that framed those details in dimensional lighting.

I worked on facing pages […]