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“Hello, I’m Zach Klinner. Growing up I struggled to find positive Asian influencers, so I decided to be my own. My art highlights what it means to be a gay, Asian man in 2018 America; as well as displaying my interest in political and social issues through pen illustrations of t-shirts and portraits. As an introvert, it’s hard for someone like me to speak to the world through a megaphone. Furthermore, by using something so common to the human experience such as a t-shirt to find my artistic voice, it has allowed me to analyze the cultural issues around me. I draw with the intention of creating a mirror, so that when others view my work they can connect with my story through their own experiences. Conceptualizing these drawings allows me to have a voice as an Asian-American artist. Creating my own space within the larger cultural discourse allows me to sleep at night and motivates me to continue creating every day.

When I picked up my Pigma Microns at the local art store for the first time, I was excited to start creating new illustrations but I didn’t know about the support system behind them. Sakura takes great pride in featuring artists on their social media platforms; showing the world what the artist and pen can do. I was impressed to see that Sakura encouraged creation rather than just selling a product. Whether they were 005, 08, or a PN, I was provided with a consistent and reliable ink that suited my specific style of illustration. Not all pens draw the same, but these pens have allowed me to finish amazing pieces that have been viewed in galleries in Milwaukee and New York City. Similar to the ways in which an athlete has a favorite type of shoe or a commuter relies on their car to take them to work, Microns are my go-to tool to help tell my story.” - Zach Klinner

Instagram: @zachklinner

Website: zachklinner.com

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Samantha Dion Baker is originally from Philadelphia, where she grew up in a family of artists. She graduated from The Cooper Union in New York City and spent over twenty years working as a graphic designer. Now a full-time illustrator and artist, her favorite thing to do is wander the city streets and travel with her family, drawing all of the things she does, eats, and sees in the pages of her sketch journal. She lives and works in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.    

“I have used Pigma Micron pens for as long as I can remember. I have boxes full of them. I love that they are fully waterproof, and the ink dries quickly. My favorite is .01 nib, which is not too thin and not too thick. I also began painting in my sketchbook with the Sakura Koi Field Sketch box, so I have a strong attachment to it, and recommend it to anyone that is looking for a reasonably priced travel watercolor kit. The colors are so vibrant, and the water brush is among the most reliable I have come across. “ - Samantha Dion Baker

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Tim Phelps is a Professor and Medical Illustrator who has been teaching and illustrating for 32 years in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. He has received over 40 regional and national awards for his artwork published in textbooks, magazines, dictionaries, and professional journals. Projects have included multiple surgical texts and atlases on Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Surgical Pathology, and Cardiac Surgery.

“Micron pens have been a staple of mine for over 20 years. There is ease to the release of the ink that provides a photo reproductive line, faithfully mimics my desired drawing style and dries quickly on my preferred surface of vellum.“ -Timothy Phelps

For the past 5 years, Tim has been exploring the significance of mandalas and mindfulness culminating in his current two-volume “Wonders” series of full color books of nature mandalas published by Schiffer Publishing (2016) that celebrates our earth’s biodiversity and conservancy efforts to save it. A set of nature mandala coloring books followed in 2017.

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My name is Brenna Daugherty and I’m freelance illustrator and lifelong doodler. I graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from UC Berkeley, but quickly transitioned to focus on illustration.  I found a lot of joy in creating fun, vibrant imagery and discovered that it often brought others happiness too - I’ve continued to illustrate with that goal always in mind.

I currently live in San Francisco, California and find inspiration in everything from knick knacks, vintage, florals, and exploring different parts of this lovely, unique city. My illustration work is all over the map; I create privately commissioned pieces, editorial illustration, I have a small line of greeting cards that I sell at a few shops here in San Francisco, and I also illustrate live at brand events. Clients have included Saks 5th Avenue, Estee Lauder, and Fresh Beauty. If you’d like to keep up with what I’m doodling, follow me on Instagram: @brenna_daugherty

I’ve been using Sakura pens since high school (for 10+ years now!) and they truly are the best. The variety of nib sizes are great for different levels of detail, and I love that I can use them with wet media too, with absolutely no bleeding. I’m super excited about the new PN (Plastic Nib) pens - I’ve been using them nonstop because they’re so sturdy.

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Michael Jantze is an American cartoonist and illustrator, best known as the author of the syndicated newspaper comic strip, "The Norm". Born in New York, Michael grew up in the Midwest and now lives on the West Coast, he'll probably die in Japan.

Michael earned a degree in film, worked as a filmmaker and then as an art director (first at corporations and newspapers and finally at ILM) all while working on comics. He is currently an Art Director at Amazon Publishing, and lives in Seattle with his one wife, two children and three dogs. They all have names and he loves them.

Michael uses Micron pens for writing, sketching, drawing, inking, and lettering of his weekly comic strip “The Norm.” He also uses other Sakura products for his sanity sketches posted on Instagram. Michael believes Sakura is French for awesome and high-quality, though he probably just made that up. Michael started using the Micron pens because of their portability and non-fade qualities, but has come to see them for their brains, too.

Instagram: @jantze

Facebook: jantzestudios

Website: jantze.com

Twitter: michaeljantze

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