This post will seem a bit disorganized. That’s cuz it’s a bit disorganized, or at least my thoughts about it are disorganized. But I want to wrap up the year by talking about a couple things and I’ll throw in a sketch just to keep it interesting.
Stillman & Birn source for Canadians
Lots of people have asked me where to buy Stillman & Birn sketchbooks in Canada. Sadly, Canadian suppliers are simply horrible when it comes to fulfilling the needs of urban sketchers and none of them are a reliable source for S&B sketchbooks. Even Amazon.ca, who list them, do so at such ridiculous prices that nobody in their right mind would pay that for them.
Thus, I’ve never had an answer to give to those asking about S&B, until now. I realized that Jackson Art Supplies in the UK has them… the entire S&B product line. And what’s good about Jacksons is that they, like several UK online sellers, “get it.” By that I mean they’ve figured out that if they sell to 7 billion of the Earth’s inhabitants, they are better off than selling only within their country. If only the US would figure this out. Anyways, Jackson Art Supplies will ship ANYWHERE for FREE if you buy 39GBR or more from them. I’ve ordered from them a couple times and they’re great to deal with so if you want S&B, there’s a place where you can get them.
(ed note: Susan King just informed me that Opus Art in Vancouver is not stocking the full line of Stillman & Birn softcovers which is really good news.)
New Year’s Resolution???
I’m probably notorious for doing a bah humbug when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions and each year I say as much in a blog post. This year I won’t do that because, I guess, in a casual way, I’m making a resolution.
I’ve decided to talk more about my drawing process on the blog. I’ve avoided that thus far because I don’t really know what I’m doing and a lot of other people are much better equipped than I when it comes to discussing drawing. But I’ve realized that I have something they don’t. Because I’m relatively new to this I’m able to remember the kinds of struggles I had when I started. Besides I know what I do more than anyone else and that’s what people ask me about. I don’t know how or what I’m going to talk about and I don’t know when. I just hope to do it. See…it’s just like a resolution 🙂
Turning the page to 2017
I’m finishing up two more sketchbooks so I can start with a couple new ones in 2017. I still have an Stillman and Birn 8.5×5.5 with about 15 pages left so that one will drift into 2017 but I’ll be starting new 8×10 Beta and 3.5×5.5 Alpha softcover books.
I did a bunch of small sketches to finish up the little one and I have one page left in the larger one. There’s a guy on Instagram that does a lot of loose motorcycle sketches and he really impresses me with his simplicity of line and confidence of purpose. I’ve tried to replicate some of his sketches but have never been successful. I decided to draw a motorcycle from memory of his sketches. The result isn’t as good as his and not nearly as loose, but that’s how Larry rolls after all. And yes, I’m now talking about myself in the third person. If it’s good enough for Trump, shouldn’t it be good enough for me?
I’m anxious to get started with 2017 sketching and I hope the year ahead is a productive and happy one for all of you.