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 30th, 2020

Repost: Wolves in Plain Sight

ARTIST: Vin Ganapathy, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I used a red ink induced water brush and to create a background. When it dried, I drew over it with white ink, Japanese Brush pens and gouache to create the image. The piece was my reaction to society’s willingness to accept masks and facades, complacency with […]

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 4th, 2020

White Camellia Floral Study

ARTIST: Allyson Tierney Jones, South Carolina, USA

ARTIST STATEMENT: My neighbor’s gorgeous camellia bushes always inspire me, especially when in full bloom. A promise of spring contrasted against the stark, bareness of winter’s chill. Camellias are one of my favorite flowers to paint for this reason! I referenced a photo I took myself, and […]

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 14th, 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 […]

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 […]

February 22nd, 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]