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  • Learn to Draw Animals

    christopher hart avatarMy name is Christopher Hart, and I am a professional artist and author of many popular, how-to-draw books. This instructional pad is an exciting, new way to learn how to draw animals. It features the high-quality paper you've come to expect from Strathmore, as well as my drawing techniques, which are easy to follow -  and fun! You'll learn how to draw adorable, powerful, and even unusual looking animals, while increasing your skills as an artist.

    The first 4 pages of the pad feature the basics of drawing animals, followed by 30 step-by-step lessons with space to draw each type. We've even included 8 blank sheets in the back of the pad for practice and creating your own animal drawings.

    Video Tutorials

    To help you get the most from this instructional art pad, I've developed video tutorials for 10 of the lessons. You can watch me draw these animals online. Just look for this icon:video icon small  in the table of contents to identify lessons with an accompanying video. Go to videos.

  • Learn to Draw Manga

    christopher hart avatar

    My name is Christopher Hart, and I am a professional artist and author of many popular, how-to-draw manga books.

    This instructional pad is an exciting, new way to learn how to draw manga. It features the high-quality paper you've come to expect from Strathmore, as well as my drawing techniques, which are easy to follow - and fun! You'll learn to draw the most popular manga character types including schoolgirls and schoolboys, chibis, adorable monsters, even action fighters and cat girls!

    The first 4 pages of the pad feature the basics of manga drawing, followed by 30 step-by-step lessons with space to draw each character. We've even included 8 blank sheets in the back of the pad for practice and creating your own manga characters.

    Video Tutorials

    To help you get the most from this instructional art pad, I've developed video tutorials for 10 of the lessons. You can watch me draw these manga characters online. Just look for this icon:video icon small  in the table of contents to identify lessons with an accompanying video.

    Learn to Draw Cartoons

    christopher hart avatar

    My name is Christopher Hart, and I am a professional artist and author of many popular, how-to-draw books.

    This instructional pad is an exciting, new way to learn how to draw manga. It features the high-quality paper you've come to expect from Strathmore, as well as my cartooning techniques, which are easy to follow - and fun! You'll learn how to draw many popular character types while developing a good foundation in basic drawing.

    The first 4 pages of the pad feature the basics of cartooning, followed by 30 step-by-step lessons with space to draw each character. We've even included 8 blank sheets in the back of the pad for practice and creating your own characters.

    Video Tutorials

    To help you get the most from this instructional art pad, I've developed video tutorials for 10 of the lessons. You can watch me draw these cartoon characters online. Just look for this icon:video icon small  in the table of contents to identify lessons with an accompanying video. Go to videos.

  • Hand Lettering Basics

    Maureen Wilson hand drawn lettering

    Learn to Draw Hand Lettering Basics

    This instructional pad features Maureen Wilson’s lessons, tips, and techniques combined with quality Strathmore bristol paper all in one pad. The first pages contain tips, supply recommendations and techniques to get you started with the basics of hand lettering. Next you'll find 12 step-by-step lessons from Maureen that you can follow along with. In the back we've included 12 blank sheets of 100lb (270gsm) 200 Series Bristol Smooth paper (1 per lesson).

    Video Tutorials

    To help you get the most from this instructional art pad, Maureen has developed video tutorials for each lesson. To access these, go to videos and resources.

  • Strathmore Kids Black Chalk Pad

    A heavyweight black paper suitable for dry chalk, chalk markers, opaque and gel pens, and pastels. Most dry media can be wiped off the surface with a damp cloth for reuse, creating a weathered look

  • Simon Young - "Heres comes Faithful" on Gemini Paper

    We were delighted to hear from Simon Young, who we interviewed recently. He sent us in his feedback on our Strathmore Gemini Paper.

    "I promised to share my first Watercolour on Strathmore Gemini paper.  You’ll see there are some alterations from the sketch I sent earlier.  I wanted to make the tug (Faithful) make more of a statement; to achieve this she had to be larger, thus changing the overall treatment of the composition. 

    I much enjoyed working on this quality paper, which was stretched beforehand; it was forgiving and allowed a number of alterations that probably would have been an issue with some other papers.  The rough texture was especially exciting to paint on and dealt with copious amounts of water to create the misty scene with ease.  In particular, the river foreground accepted 4 glazes and I suspect could have received more.  
    In sum, Gemini is a very versatile and fun paper to work with and I look forward to getting to know it better."

    Simon Young www.simonyoungart.com 

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    Strathmore Autumn Newsletter - Read now!

    Autumn Newsletter:  Cozy Sweaters, Hot Cider,and a Good Read

    strathmore artist newsletterThe Fall edition of the Strathmore Artist Newsletter is now online!

    Featured artist Graham Smith is a professional illustrator who teaches life drawing classes. He's put together a list of the top 10 life drawing mistakes he sees in the studio with suggestions on how to improve them and take your skills to the next level. Also in this Issue, learn about our coal black Artagain paper that we're now offering in new formats. See the winner and runner-ups for our 2016 Product Catalog Cover, and get answers to frequently asked questions from our website about the difference between smooth and vellum bristol surfaces. Plus LOADS more!

    Download the Artist

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  • PrintMaking in the Somerset Levels, we interview Myrtle Pizzey

    Myrtle Pizzey won Best Work in Show at the SGFA annual exhibition 2015. Known for her abstract responses to colour, shape, space, and form not only does she achieves stunning realistic images but she is a prolific print-maker and a most interesting and thoughtful artist. She has won a whole stash of Strathmore Print Paper.

    First of all congratulations on winning the Strathmore Artist Papers prize at the SGFA annual exhibition this year. Stunning piece. Can you tell us a bit about the winning image, what it represents, what inspired you to create it, any challenges in making it?       

    Haymoor Myrtle PizzeyThe scene "Cattle on Hay Moor" is just around the corner from where I live. Our next door neighbours are farmers, and like a lot of small farmers have given up milking to breed beef cattle, changing the landscape from one dominated by black and white Friesians to a various mix of all types of breeds. Several of my prints include parts of this scene which has changed quite dramatically over time. The silhouette of trees in the distance in winter etched out against the bleak sky and the willow

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  • Strathmore Winter 2016 Newsletter

    The Winter newsletter from Strathmore is out!

    Strathmore Artists news Winter 2016In 2014 our featured artist Brent Anderson started a non-profit organisation called "In My Father's Eyes" through which he offers the families of children battling cancer a beautiful portrait free of charge. His artwork and story are featured in this edition of the Strathmore Artist Newsletter. Also in this issue: the low down on Strathmore's FREE 2016 Online Workshops, and answers to frequently asked questions about how to choose the right watercolour paper for your art.

    pdfDownload the Artist Newsletter!

  • A Bird a Day...

    Christopher Durant is a popular artist on Facebook not least for his bird journals. A quick look at his page will reveal a lively engagement and love for our feathered friends. We recently got in touch with him, and found out that he loves the Strathmore 400 and 500 series! He is now a convert to our toned tan journal! We caught up with him and asked him a little about his work and what he is inspired by.

    Inca Tern

    1.So tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been an artist and what got you into it?

    Hello. Well I'm 27 years old, soon to be 28 and i have been drawing pretty much all my life. Ever since i was around 3 years old I was fascinated by many things and my ability to draw helped me understand things better. If I was passionate about something new or wanted to learn more, I would draw.
    I gave it up for a while after a teacher at secondary school did little to inspire me, and said I wouldn't achieve much if I ever ventured into an artistic related career. I am thankful I returned to what I love doing the most and I have been drawing for around 5 years now. I draw everyday and it's my main passion to improve my

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  • Paul Riley - youngest member of the RA to magazine favourite

    Paul Riley is a favourite among many artists who will read this, and is incredibly popular for his tutorials in magazines and books. We were delighted that he generously gave us some time to answer our questions. His passion for an interdisciplinary practice is inspiring, as is his vision for Coombe Farm Studios, which has bloomed into the wonderful arts centre that it is. His watercolours are light and full of grace, and he has an ease of manner that is compelling. 

    Waterhouse

      

    1. What an amazing career you’ve had? You were the youngest member of the RA at the time you exhibited in 1960, what a phenomenal achievement. Can you tell us a bit about what you exhibited and what it meant to you at the time and why in particular?

     I was 15 at the time and had been painting sometime. I would sketch in and around Richmond Surrey where I lived. I was interested in perspective and would compose imaginary images born from the sketches. The painting I submitted and was accepted by Royal Academy was called “Water Lane”. It was in fact half Water Lane and half the local cinema! Having the picture accepted was astonishing and caused a lot of publicity, much of it unwarranted and uncomfortable. However it's made

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  • When "Doodling" becomes an Artform - feature on Steve Turner

    Steve Turner uses Strathmore Bristol Smooth to create the designs for his linear colouring books and T-shirts.  He has transformed the Doodle into inspirational art, giving pleasure to hundreds of artists and creatives who buy and enjoy his books. We catch up with him in-between him honing his cross-hatch method and fulfilling commissions. 

    Steve Turner tropical

    Can you give us a bit of background on yourself? How you started as an artist? 

    My background has always been in art. I studied at Art College after school, before moving on to train in animation at university. Following graduation, I became a graphic designer. After a decade in the wilderness, I picked up pens again just a couple of years ago as a form of relaxation. I started doing what I did as a kid - mindless doodles to fill a page. This became a hobby and I started researching other artists - I found out that “doodling” is a popular artform in itself. I started posting pictures of the things I had drawn online, and people started asking me for custom

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  • Bursary Winner Reviews Strathmore Paper

    Duncan Thomas reviews the Strathmore Artist Papers he selected after winning the Artist Papers bursary at the Patchings Art Festival 2016.

    Strathmore 400 series Coloured Pencil Pad

    Black Labrador by Duncan Thomas using Strathmore 400 Series Coloured Pencil Pad

    I really like this paper. The name ‘Coloured Pencil’ is, in my view, unnecessarily prescriptive for a paper of such versatility and I nearly didn’t order it because of that. I don’t actually use coloured pencils. I use it for graphite and charcoal sketches and finished drawings (mainly portrait).

    I like it particularly because its lovely smooth surface allows the charcoal to be easily and sensitively removed with a rubber to define lighter toned areas and highlights (this is a ‘reductive’ technique that I am particularly fond of) . Despite its smoothness (there’s a complete absence of texture or tooth ) I have found that it takes the charcoal beautifully, and the very darkest values can be achieved with ease.

    This paper, almost to my surprise,

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  • Interview with Kim Taggart

    Kim Taggart blew us away with the work she created on our 500 Series paper depicting the beautiful and picturesque Kansas landscape. After seeing her work, we just had to take the opportunity to speak to her and gain an insight into her artistic style, inspirations and plans for the future. 

     

    First of all I’ve got to say that your work is incredible. How did you first get into art? Was it something you fell in love with at an early age or later on in life?

    Thank you, I appreciate it. My kindergarten teacher was the first to notice I had artistic ability. My parents just thought all kids drew like me. I skipped over the stick figure stage and dove right into flesh contours on my people. Art was always my favourite subject in school and I started private art lessons at age 9 with training in charcoal, pastel, watercolour, pen & ink and oil paint. A professor at a college in Olathe, Kansas took me in— Dr. James Dobson Sr.


    Receding Darkness by Kim Taggart

    Interview with Jennifer Hawkyard

    Jennifer Hawkyard is a very talented artist and graphic designer. After studying both Art and Design and Graphic Design in Canada, she then started working at a local design studio and managed to work her way up to the position of Art Director. Now settled back in England, Jennifer has recently started a new long term project: The Totem Project. We took the time to speak to Jennifer to find out more about her art, the decision behind studying in Canada and her goals for the future. 

     

    White Horse by Jennifer HawkyardHow did you first get into art? Was it something you took to immediately as a child, or did someone introduce you to the subject?

    I can't remember a time when I wasn't drawing. I'm pretty sure I was one of those kids that scrawled all over the walls with markers at a young age. I do remember during primary school, or maybe it was secondary school, thinking that I didn't want to go to school. I just wanted to draw pictures all day and as a youngster my obsession was drawing horses -

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  • Award-winning botanical artist in South Korea

    Michelle EunYoung Song won ArtistPapers Strathmore Bursary Award at The Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2017. Based in South Korea, we caught up with Michelle and found out that the Han River and nature holds such an important part of her inspiration in crating her magnificently detailed botanical art. 

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    cockscomb michelle eunyoung songCan you tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what you do?

    I'm the botanical artist in Seoul, South Korea. My botanical art class is running in 'L'Atelier de Michelle' in Seoul.

     

    What got your started in art?  I began the botanical art as a hobby. 

     

    What got you into

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  • South-Korean Award-winning botanical artist

    Michelle EunYoung Song won ArtistPapers Strathmore Bursary Award at The Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2017. Based in South Korea, we caught up with Michelle and found out that the Han River and nature holds such an important part of her inspiration in crating her magnificently detailed botanical art. 

    banksia michelle eunyoung song
    cockscomb michelle eunyoung songCan you tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what you do?

    I'm the botanical artist in Seoul, South Korea. My botanical art class is running in 'L'Atelier de Michelle' in Seoul.

     

    What got your started in art?  I began the botanical art as a hobby. 

     

    What got you into

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  • Mixed Media Artist wins SGFA Best in Show

    Sue won the Society of Graphic Fine Art ArtistPapers Strathmore Best in Show Bursary 2017. Her winning piece, “Before and After”, depicts a large log pile, drawn in coloured pencil, overlaid with painted and collaged tree forms. We speak to Sue to find out how she started her career as an artist and what she's working on now.

     

    peak torTell us something about yourself, Sue.

    Principally a landscape painter, I’m fortunate enough to live in a small Peak District Village with the most wonderful views. I moved to the area some three years ago from Warwickshire where I had taught art, product design and the history of art for many years. This “parallel” career was challenging at times – certainly in terms of time management – but I enjoyed the stimulation of being with my students and always saw the two aspects as mutually beneficial; new ideas emerged as I helped pupils to develop theirs. Teaching allowed me to engage with a vast range of materials and keep abreast of new developments -  although traditional drawing skills always underpinned every aspect of both my own and my pupils’ work.

     

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  • Online Gouache Workshop

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    Next self-paced workshops now online. 

     

    Sign up free for:

    Intro to Painting with Gouache 

    Instructor: Myriam Tillson 

    Click here to sign up.

    This gouache workshop will be made up of 4 videos that will explore the use of gouache as a painting medium in its own right. Throughout the course, students will learn more about the particular properties of the medium, how it compares to other similar paints such as watercolour and acrylic, what materials work best with it, and how to use it to make

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