Monthly Archives: March 2015

Real Life Pics of the 2015 Lamy Safari Neon Lime!

Thanks to StupidityVaccine on Imgur, check out this comparison of the 2015 Neon Lime to the Neon Yellow! FINALLY, real pics!

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Color to drive the Snow Blahs away! (UPDATED)

*UPDATED 3/19/15* Stillman & Birn featured the Summer Breezes sketch on their blog and social media feeds! Check out the post here.

This weekend, while it was cold and snowy outside, I finally had the chance to play with my Tombow dual brush markers, and am so impressed by how bright and vibrant they are! As soon as I got started, these warm happy colors just had to come out and play. I was unusually inspired, as I did not one but SIX sketches with them.

Technique: sketch lightly with Micron .03 pen, color in sections with Tombows, adding layers and details as needed, then finishing and outlining with either a Micron 1.0 or brush pen.
Sketchbook Used: 7×7 Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook. The Zeta Series has “Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm” paper, smooth and in a bright white. This size in particular is unique in that its square, very portable, and takes washes and fountain pens and watercolors and most everything I’ve thrown at it well. I love bright saturated colors, and the Zeta’s white paper really makes them pop.

Summer Breezes:
This particular picture – with the green palm fronds on yellow background – reminds me a lot of a past vacation to Miami – summer breezes, green trees and bright bright sunshine.
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“Summer Breezes” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Sunflower:
Saw something similar somewhere online (Pinterest, Instagram, I can’t remember exactly), with a side profile of a yellow flower on a blue background, and loved the yellow/blue combo so much had to try it.
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“Sunflower” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

More Sunflowers:
I just really liked how the yellow flowers turned out so I wanted to keep playing with them.
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“More Sunflowers” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Red Blossom:
Similar to Sunflowers, but with luscious RED.
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“Red Blossom” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Ocean Sunset:
Tried something different with the clouds, but not entirely sure I like the combination of sunset colors with the pink clouds and blue water. But that’s why art is an experimental process!
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“Ocean Sunset” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Tulips:
Trying something a little more minimalistic, with some pops of red.
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“Tulips” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Full sketchbook spreads:
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Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

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Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

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Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook