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Taylor Mazer is an award-winning freelance illustrator/artist with a heavy focus on architectural illustration with in pen and ink. Taylor began his career as a working artist prior to graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration in 2012. Currently, Taylor resides in Grand Rapids, MI where he teaches at Kendall College of Art and Design as an adjunct professor. His 7 years of experience working full time as a pen and ink artist is the basis for what is presented in his class, “Advanced Inking Techniques.”

Taylor’s works are heavily rooted in the analysis of an environment. In each drawing, he will utilize compositional tools similar to those used in narrative illustrations. He will direct light and shadow, signs, the direction of the line-work, placement of objects, etc. to focus the viewer’s eye on particular objects similar to his own experience of either curiosity or confusion while visiting these depicted places. Each of his drawings are depictions of perception.  

Throughout his childhood, Taylor drew prolifically, maintaining a series of sketchbooks and illustrating comics for his school newspaper. When drawing, his tool of choice is the micron. Each of his drawing’s utilizes a variety of Microns with his favorites being the 02 and the 005. He has tried virtually every other pen he could find but always comes back to Microns. Throughout his working years with this pen, he has used them in every way he can imagine from drawing with them and erasing the ink to get grey tones, carving the tips to get different textures, and breaking the pens open and dry brushing with the ink to get misty textures that maintain the black hue of the micron line work.

Instagram: @tlmazer

Twitter: @taylormazer

Website: taylordraws.com

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AuthorWayne Chan
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Hi everyone! My name is Blake Weaver, and I am so excited to be here with Sakura of America! To start, I’d like to introduce myself a little bit! I am 17 years old, I love playing tennis, I love soda, and I also LOVE chocolate! I have been lettering and doing art for about 2 & 1/2 years now and I love experimenting with new mediums. Some of my favorite mediums include watercolor, brush pens, and acrylic paints. I love testing and trying new art supplies and incorporating them into my work. Some of the very first pens I started out with, were actually the Micron pens. I have loved them since day one, and they have always been an integral part of my work: from shadows, to faux-ligraphy, to urban sketching. My very first set of brush pens were the Koi Watercolor Brush Pens. They are amazing! I am so excited that I was given the chance to introduce myself on this page! Thank you Sakura!

 

Instagram: @jp.lettering.co

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AuthorLorrie Chan

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My name's Thomas Moore. I'm a British artist and the founder of Lást Maps, a small illustration brand dedicated to producing work that celebrates adventure and the natural world.

I've been holding a pen as far back as I can remember, but I've taken a different journey into the world of illustration than many. I'm an Environmental Scientist by qualification, and had all but turned by back on the idea of pursuing a career in art. But there was such an enormous gap in communicating science, particularly in the field of wildlife conservation and climate change that really sung to me. So much is told through art that cannot be told in data, and with a growing environmental urgency, I decided to put the pen to work and start Lást. Its basic mission is to capture the magic of a place, the excitement of an adventure, and to inspire people to explore and engage with nature more. This mission also comes with a heavier obligation - to fight for the environment and the wildlife we share it with.

The Lást brand has been going for about a year now, and Micron pens have been there every step of the way. Our illustration work varies, and includes everything from map making to branding, but it is always pen based. Ink work has always been my tool of choice, and we pride ourselves on rooting our work in traditional hand drawing, along with a consistently full cup of coffee. There's something so magical about traditional craft, and it ties into the heritage our brand celebrates. Micron pens are incredible quality, and I find it really useful that the ink dries quickly. They also look beautiful behind the scenes. My favourite nib would have to be 01 - but let's be honest they all have their purpose. 

PS for those that are wondering, Lást is an Ancient English word that means footprint/track or obligation/vow - depending on it's usage.

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AuthorLorrie Chan
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Shelby Elizabeth is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas.

Shelby's artwork is completed using primarily traditional mediums, concentrating on pen and ink. From a young age, she was attracted to the qualities of ink drawing. The permanence of each mark, rather than being intimidating, has always excited and challenged her. After the ink drawing is complete, Shelby uses scratch board tools to scratch away highlights and finishing details. 

Shelby explains, "The need for patience, attention to detail, and at the same time, spontaneity lends itself to the beauty of the medium. Expressing the world through line, whether it be creating the course texture of a tree or the soft delicacy of a flower petal, allows me to understand each object I draw with more clarity."

Currently, nature has been Shelby's primary focus. She enjoys rendering plants and animals to both improve her own abilities and to depict their expressive nature. Exploring wildlife, either directly from life or through a photograph, helps her to reinvigorate her passion for nature.

“My favorite pens to use have always been Sakura pens. Their delicate tips, especially the size 005, are perfect for the detailed nature of my artwork. Because my work is primarily based in pointillism, having a pen that is both resilient and great quality is a must. The pens last for so long and hold up to many hours and hours of work. Knowing they are professional quality, archival pens also makes me very happy to know they will make my artwork last a very long time.” - Shelby Elizabeth

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AuthorWayne Chan
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Lizzie Snow is a 23 year old visual artist, working under her artist name ‘fortyonehundred’. Inspired by fractals in nature, Lizzie creates contemporary explorations of the mandala and free flowing artworks.

The work Lizzie releases include original drawings and paintings, internationally commissioned murals, limited-edition prints and collectable items. Lizzie has recently opened her own art gallery in Tofino, BC, Canada. She has over 100,000 followers online, displaying and selling her artwork on social media, her website and now also in The fortyonehundred Art Gallery. Lizzie is a New Zealander and a Canadian. Born in Canada, brought up in New Zealand to a Kiwi family, and now has returned to Canada to live by the beach, open the gallery and make even bigger career goals.

Collaboration is a key part of Lizzie’s artistic practice, having worked with brands including Lululemon, Converse and Peugeot, as well as numerous non-profit organizations. With her Master of Fine Arts degree and Bachelors degree in Design for Social Innovation, Lizzie has a particular interest in the ways she can positively evoke relationship between people and the earth through her art practice. Lizzie works with the ethos that emotional connection and education are the first steps towards practical change in terms of helping our environment. We are all interconnected, and this is the driving force behind her creative practice and artistic expressions.

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AuthorLorrie Chan