Drawing

Kevin Keele's Toned Paper Illustrations

Illustrator Kevin Keele uses our toned gray paper for his fascinating illustrations. See his work and tips that show his process. 

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NEW! Strathmore Vision Pads

Our new Vision pads are durable, affordable, and for the first time ever, feature blank covers that can be customized with your own art!

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Shading Techniques & Selecting Paper for Graphite

The selection of paper for shading techniques is influenced by the type of pencil used, the degree of darkness desired, the shading technique used, and the expression of the shading technique desired.

The key is to select a paper surface (medium or smooth) based upon the effects you’re looking to achieve. As a general rule, a medium or textured surface will be able to produce a more even, luminescent shade than a smooth surface.

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Announcing Our 2016 Online Workshops!

We are excited to announce our free 2016 Online Workshops which start on Monday, March 7!

We’ve got a fantastic line up this year with 3 extremely talented and inspirational artists who will be leading you through follow-along online video lessons… FOR FREE!

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Artagain Black Paper

Our 400 Series Artagain Black paper is great with white charcoal, colored pencils, gel pens, crayons, oil pastels, chalk pastels, metallic inks and more!

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2017 Online Workshops Available on YouTube

If you missed our FREE 2017 Online Workshops, you can see all video lessons on YouTube. Topics include: Brush Lettering + Watercolor, Pastels, & Mixed Media. 

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Alphonso Dunn's Pen & Ink Workshop

Alphonso Dunn's free Pen & Ink Workshops are now fully released and available on our YouTube Channel!

In his first video lesson, Alphonso covers the basic aspects of drawing and creating textures with pen and ink. Consistentcy in mark making is an essential foundation skill and is the first area of focus. From there Alphonso covers a few key principles of creating realistic textures and goes over helpful practice exercises.

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DRAWLLOWEEN

Things are getting pretty spooky around here! Many artists have taken to the #drawlloween and #inktober challenges by creating a Halloween-themed piece of art or an ink drawing every day in October. We've loved seeing all the scary, chilling, creepy, fun, and awesome artwork that has been posted in the last month!

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Sword Illustration on Toned Paper by Reid Schlegel

Industrial Designer Reid Schlegel demonstrates his process for creating a sword illustration on Toned Tan paper. 

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NEW Toned Mixed Media Paper!

We are excited to introduce our NEW 400 Series Toned Mixed Media paper! The perfect hybrid. 

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2017 Online Workshops

Did you see our FREE 2017 Online Workshops? We've got video lessons on 3 topics: Brush Lettering + Watercolor, Pastel, and Toned Mixed Media. 

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Top 10 Life Drawing Mistakes - Graham Smith

Graham Smith is a Professional Illustrator who has over 20 years of experience creating images for national clients in publishing, fashion, advertising, packaging and film. In his video "Confessions of a Paper Junkie", Graham gives us an inside look at his studio, some of his techniques, and his creative process:

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Totem Animals by Jenny Hawkyard

"I didnt want to do regular pet portraits or still life, I wanted to do something creative, fun and quirky and so I started developing my Totem animals"

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Learning Series and Drawing Giveaway!

We're giving away our NEW Learning Series pads along with a few favorite Strathmore pads and drawing goodies from General Pencil! Enter for your chance to win!

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Strathmore Visual Journals

Our Visual Journals deliver high-performing papers and heavy-duty features engineered to meet the intense demands of your creative process.

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Toned Mixed Media Workshop Starts Sept. 4!

Workshop 3 - Ethereal Art on Toned Mixed Media Paper - starts on Sept 4! Follow along to Georgina Kreutzer's video lessons. 

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500 Series Bristol Weight - Plies vs. Pounds

Our 500 Series Bristol papers are measured in plies. We often get asked what the equivalent pound weight is. Read on to find out. 

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Winter Artist Newsletter

The Winter Edition of the Artist Newsletter is here and features Christine Karron's 5 steps for creating stunning mixed media illustrations. Read it here. 

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Why Art is so Important

Aside from the fact that art is just plain fun, there are many scientific reasons that show more art in our lives is beneficial. 

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Urban Sketching Online Workshop

Alphonso Dunn's free Urban Sketching Workshop has begun! Follow along to this 4-part workshop where Alphonso demonstrates how to draw on location. 

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Charcoal Shading and Blending Tips

See Artist Kirsty Partridge's techniques for blending and shading charcoal to create realistic drawings. 

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Feather vs. Bleed on Paper (and How to Prevent Both)

What is the difference between feathering and bleeding when using ink or markers on paper? How to I prevent either from happening?

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What is the Best Paper for Colored Pencils?

There are a few different paper types that are best suited for colored pencil work. Read on to find out which. 

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Color Psychology - Blue

Color psychology suggests our mood can be impacted by different colors. Read about the color blue and see a collection of blue-themed artwork. 

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Summer Newsletter Featuring Artist Justin Maas

Justin Maas is known for his stunning portraits. Justin uses grayscale on Toned paper to employ value, show form and make drawings with incredible depth.

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Artist Interview - Mark Reep

Mark Reep creates dreamy, atmospheric drawings using charcoal and graphite on our bristol smooth paper. Read our interview with Mark and see his stunning work. 

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Featured Artist Ursula Doughty

Ursula Doughty is a talented colored pencil artist who creates a smorgasbord of unique pieces including animal mashups, creative food art, and Disney pieces with a twist.

 

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Colored Pencil How-To Series

Colored Pencil Expert Sarah Becktel created a popular how-to series of videos that thousands of artists have used to improve their colored pencil techniques. 

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10 Commandments of Industrial Design Sketching

See Industrial Designer Reid Schlegel's 10 Commandments of Industrial Design Sketching & 5 Commandments of Toned Paper Rendering in our Fall Artist Newsletter. 

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Artist Interview - Kim Taggart

We interviewed artist Kim Taggart to get an inside look at her serene graphite and charcoal drawings of the Midwest skies, plains, and rolling hills.

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Sheet Music Art on Bristol Paper

Artist Ursula Doughty uses our 300 Series Bristol Smooth paper for her sheet music art. She prints the music then draws characters on top using colored pencils. 

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Varnish vs. Fixatives - Should I Use Them?

FAQ: Is there a difference between a varnish and a fixative? Should I be using them on my art? Read more to find out. 

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2015 Online Workshop Video Lessons on YouTube

If you missed our 2015 Online Workshops or if you just can't get enough, we've got great news! Video lessons from all 3 Series are now available on YouTube!

 

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NEW! The Strathmore Learning Series

We are excited to introduce Strathmore’s NEW Learning Series! A unique product line that combines quality art paper with superior art instruction for a blended learning approach.

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The Difference Between Bristol Smooth and Bristol Vellum

Bristol generally describes a drawing paper that is pasted to form multi-ply sheets. Bristol sheets provide a stiff, strong surface to work on without the need for mounting. The term Bristol derives from the early days of European papermaking when mills would send their finest papers to Bristol, England to be pasted together. Bristol papers generally have two types of surfaces: smooth and vellum.

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New Topics in the Strathmore Learning Series!

We recently introduced 3 new Learning Series products! New topics include colored pencil textures, drawing nature in colored pencils, and hand lettering basics. 

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The Pink Pad Project

We proudly partnered with In My Father's Eyes for the introduction of two limited-time 9"x12"pink pads. 5% of profits will be donated. Learn more...

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What is the Difference Between Sketch and Drawing Paper?

Sketch and drawing papers have many similarities and many differences. Knowing the differences is important in determining which to use for your artwork. 

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Strathmore Holiday Giveaway!

To celebrate the holidays we're giving away a giant assortment of art materials that make fantastic gifts or stocking stuffers! Enter for a chance to win our papers and more!

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What is Bristol Paper?

Bristol generally describes a drawing paper that is pasted to form multi-ply sheets. Learn more...

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Artist Interview - Kevin Hayward

Read our interview with artist Kevin Hayward who creates beautiful wildlife drawings using graphite. 

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The Art of the Ghost Army of WWII

In the summer of 1944 the U.S. Army recruited a hand picked group of men, many from top art schools and advertising agencies, for a special assignment. In the new book The Ghost Army of World War II, authors Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles tell the story of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, nicknamed “The Ghost Army.” They were a unique troop tasked with misleading the German army via a host of deception tactics.

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Announcing our 2017 Online Workshops!

Our free Online Workshops will be starting again in March! We have inspiring new topics for our virtual classroom with 3 new all-star artist-instructors!

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Announcing our 2019 Online Workshops!

Our free Online Workshops will be starting again in March! We have inspiring new topics for our virtual classroom with 3 new talented instructors!

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New 3"x9" Landscape Sketch Pad!

What would you do with our fun new 3"x9" landscape size of our 400 Series Recycled Sketch paper?

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2018 Online Workshops now on YouTube

If you missed our 2018 Online Workshops, you can catch all the video lessons and tutorials on the Strathmore YouTube Channel. 

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Artist Interview - Katherine Liontas-Warren

Read our interview with Artist Katherine Liontas-Warren, a Professor of Art at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and see her gorgeous drawings and paintings. 

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Tips for Graphite Shading - Which Paper to Use

To select the right paper for graphite shading techniques, a few factors need to be taken into consideration.

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Colored Pencil Paper - New Size!

Ready when you are!

Our 400 Series Colored Pencil Paper is now available in a convenient & portable 6"x8" pad size. 

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NEW! Artagain Black Paper in Rolls

Our popular Artagain Black paper is now available in large rolls, so you can make a BIG statement with BIG art. 

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New Series of Graphite How-To Videos

Artist Sarah Becktel created 4 new educational videos on Graphite that show you how to select the right tools, how to start a drawing & more tips & techniques. 

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NEW! Strathmore Heavyweight Mixed Media

Introducing Strathmore 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media - the ultimate heavy-duty surface for mixed media art. 

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Wildlife Art by Jonathan Martinez

Jonathan Martinez uses his artistic talents to create beautiful drawings of endangered animals to bring awareness to them. 

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Heavyweight Mixed Media Demo with Graham Smith

Artist Graham Smith demonstrates our new 500 Series Heavyweight Mixed Media paper with an old-time boxing strongman portrait. 

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Inktober Giveaway!

To celebrate Inktober we're giving away a beautiful prize package of Inktober-inspired goodies! Enter for a chance to win our papers & more!

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2016 Workshop Videos on YouTube!

Our 2016 Online Workshop video lessons are now on our YouTube Channel! See the video lessons from our Sketchbook, Watercolor, and Marker workshops!

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New Colored Pencil How To Videos

We are excited to share 5 new videos created by Strathmore's Art Educator and Colored Pencil expert Sarah Becktel. In these short, 2-5 minute videos, Sarah explains her colored pencil tips and techniques for choosing the right paper, getting started, blending, and using water soluble colored pencils. 

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Colored Pencil Workshop with Sarah Becktel

Workshop 2, Colored Pencil with Mixed Media, starts May 7! Follow along to Sarah Becktel's FREE video lessons. 

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Summer Newsletter

Our Summer Artist Newsletter is here and features Sarah Becktel's 5-step process for creating dimensional animal drawings on Toned Mixed Media paper. 

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Artist Brent Anderson

Although not formally trained as an artist, Brent Anderson has been an artist all his life. From an early age, he was drawn to art and could always be found creating, building, or drawing something as a child. He the non-profit organization: In My Father's Eyes, Inc. to bless families of children diagnosed with cancer, or families who have lost children to this horrible disease with framed portraits of these beautiful fighters.

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List of Top Urban Sketching Supplies

Having the right tools for Urban Sketching can help enrich the experience and make it even more fun. Check out our list of top Urban Sketching supplies.

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Sketchbook Fury - FREE Online Workshops!

Have you been following along to Graham Smith’s FREE Sketchbook Fury workshop?

Through online video lessons, Professional Artist & Illustrator Graham Smith is showing us how to develop a sketchbook strategy so you can customize your sketchbook, build your drawing skills, overcome your fear of the blank page, develop ideas, and execute finished art.

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Realistic Drawing with Charcoal Workshop

Workshop 1, Realistic Drawing with Charcoal, starts on March 4! The supply list is now available. 

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