In early February 2014 I received an email from a representative of Stillman & Birn, the east coast US maker of high quality sketchbooks, who’d seen ands liked my work online, offering me a selection of the company’s products to try. I knew the company by name and reputation but had never used their products, so welcomed the chance to draw and paint on some top notch materials. I won’t go into too much detail, you can get the full story here, but Stillman and Birn produce a wide range of the most robust sketchbooks available.
Each book contains sturdy paper with a clever double-sizing process allowing paint and ink behave in an enjoyably unique way. The goodies were supplied by Jackson’s Art Supplies in London, a well-run business providing all manner of wonderful things for arty creative types, and arrived a few days after choosing. Heaving the contents out of the packaging I was met with two impressively well-crafted sketchbooks, the Beta and Zeta, rough and smooth versions to test ink, watercolour and line & wash. But enough of the waffle, let’s see some art.
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