December 16th, 2014

Wilberforce the Rabbit

When we get inquiries about which of our papers are suitable for pen and ink, we reply “all of them”. “But even the cold press surfaces, like Beta and Delta?” Yes, they are all mixed media papers and support inking techniques (plus of course varying amounts of wet media). Alaskan artist Michelle Hotchkiss illustrates the […]

November 19th, 2014

Haunted McPherson

Erik Davis had sent us this drawing of an eerie house in his neighborhood that we were to have posted before Halloween. We apologize to Erik for being late!

“This is called Haunted McPherson, it measures roughly 10 x 7 inches. The painting is loosely based on a house in our neighborhood, on McPherson Street. […]

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 22nd, 2014

Architectural Study

Missouri-based designer and watercolor artist Don Gore sent us this sketchbook study and artist’s statement: “I am first and foremost an admirer of art. I have great respect for anyone that works with their head, hands and heart to “create.” Watercolor paintings specifically speak to me in a unique and compelling manner.

I am currently […]

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 […]

August 6th, 2014

Commonwealth Games Sculpture

Wil Freeborn is an artist and Urban Sketchers correspondent living in Scotland. This is a report Wil sent us about an urban art installation celebrating the Commonwealth Games which ended last week in Glasgow: “I studied Environmental Art at Glasgow Art School but later pursued a career in design. I’ve been moving into illustration and […]

July 30th, 2014

Sunflower Study

British artist Emma-Jane Rosenberg recently posted this multidimensional study of a sunflower. We asked Emma-Jane to explain her vision in creating this artwork and this is her report: “Though I have no formal art background, I have always felt compelled to draw. I would describe my paintings in oil pastel and soft pastel as colourful […]

July 26th, 2014

Tea Time

Artist Erik Davis published this drawing on his blog and sent us this write-up about it: “Right now my passion is for old barns, sheds, and trees. I think the barns and sheds come from my childhood. My grandparents had a small farm with lots of little sheds and a barn. Many days were spent […]

July 18th, 2014

Alpha vs. Epsilon

Designer and art educator Ellen Ward has written an informative blog post contrasting inking on the Alpha and Epsilon Series. (Alpha is white and has a medium grain surface; Epsilon is also white but has a smooth surface.)

“Ink is a catalyst for seeing. It is definite and for the most part indelible. By drawing […]

June 23rd, 2014

The Head House at Copley Square

The entrance to the Copley Square subway station (“head house”) is one of a kind, a structure of filigree flowers and curlicues in cast iron, much like the Art Nouveau kiosks of the Metro in Paris. Constructed in 1912, the head house endured decades of neglect and then was beautifully restored in 2009. Laura Sfiat […]

June 20th, 2014

Old Ford on Main Street

Andy Reddout reports on finding the perfect model in a vintage Ford in upstate New York. “Eight years ago I swapped careers as an art director and dove into teaching art to little munchkins. Since I spent my previous career behind a computer designing just about everything, I decided that for this career I would […]

June 16th, 2014

About Fountain Pens and Ink

Watercolor artist Susan Bronsak recently posted a report about her fountain pens and the various inks she uses with them. “I started a new Stillman & Birn Beta journal and started my first page showing the various …fountain pens I have on hand. Each pen illustration was sketched and description written out using the […]

June 9th, 2014

A Veggie Sketchbook

Most artists will include a wide range of subjects in their sketchbooks. But watercolor artist and teacher Valerie Weller prefers to created themed sketchbooks. “I just love my sketchbook to have a theme that I can pull from later, to produce larger pieces. I tend to gravitate toward organic things… flowers, leaves, veggies, and fruits. […]

June 4th, 2014

GUEST POST — Laure Ferlita: Keeping a Sketch From Becoming a Painting

Watercolorist Laure Ferlita writes about an issue that confronts most artists: staying mindful of the investment of time made to a sketchbook drawing. After all, unless the artist is prepared to remove the page from the sketchbook, the drawing cannot be framed or sold. This is a summary of Laure’s insights:

“My brother went down […]

June 2nd, 2014

Oak and Moss

Graphic designer Suhita Shirodkar reports on some new drawings she recently created on a visit to California’s Central Coast wine region. “This huge, old oak stands in Templeton Gap wine country near Paso Robles. Templeton is where the hot weather of interior California collides with the wet, chilly, moisture-laden winds blowing up from the coast […]

May 29th, 2014

On Boomerang Beach

Illustrator Barbara Tapp created this pen & ink drawing on our cold press Delta Series. We were frankly surprised that Delta’s comparatively toothy surface didn’t seem to be a problem for any of the detailed line work. This is Barbara’s story of the drawing:

“I work as an architectural sketch artist drawing houses for the […]

May 22nd, 2014

Report from a Giveaway Winner

Francis Theo, an artist and florist living in Singapore, was a winner of this past winter’s Giveaway in which he won a hardbound Beta Series sketchbook. Francis is a member of the Singapore chapter of Urban Sketchers and sketches almost every day. He specializes in ink and ink wash, as well as watercolor. With a […]