My name is Derek Myers, I'm a freelance illustrator / designer just south of Cleveland Ohio. I received my B.F.A from The University of Akron and quickly got a job as a graphic designer in the travel industry for a few years before transitioning to becoming a freelance illustrator to focus on my art. I have an ongoing Daily Drawing series where I post a new piece of art daily, whether its a sketch or doodle, painting, commissioned illustration, or whatever else I'm currently working on. My work is very much inspired by nature with a healthy bit of geometry thrown in to shake things up. I like creating sharp geometric borders and finding new and interesting ways to have nature break away and extend out while keeping with a clean looking design overall. I primarily work with companies to create logos, album art, shirt designs, and accept commissions for tattoo designs and original pen and ink illustrations. I also sell prints from my Daily Drawings series over at my shop. I've been using Microns almost exclusively as my main medium since I was introduced to them by a professor in college.
Ayejay is a Northern California based illustrator, and for the last twenty years has been using Microns for six books, a couple hundred skateboard graphics, as well as clothing, print and logo work. With a focus on commercial illustration, more often than not he is frantically scribbling, in attempts to meet deadline, one .05 line at a time!
See more work on Instagram @ayejayart
Todd Stong is an artist based in Philadelphia, PA who makes, among other things, intricate Micron pen drawings on smooth bristol and gessoed wood panels, sometimes using Xacto blades to carve in even finer detail. He is inspired by the American city's encroachment on the pastoral, and the resulting artificial landscapes created along the edges of the suburban and the rural. The drawings expand through the microscopic to the oceanic as a density of marks allows him to explore scale with a sense of obsession and wonder.
Todd received a B.A. in Visual Arts and Literary Arts from Brown University in 2014, with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has shown in a number of exhibitions, both group and solo, in venues including New Urban Arts in Providence, RI, The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA, BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He has completed residencies at The Art Students League of New York Vytlacil Campus, CAC Woodside, and the Vermont Studio Centers, and he took part in the Post-Graduate Apprentice program at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, where he has work in the permanent collection.
He is in his first year teaching middle-and-high school painting (and math!) at the Kimberton Waldorf School in Kimberton, PA.
I suppose I would call myself a “budding” artist because I am truly still at the beginning of my illustration career. After working as an Art Director in the Chicago tech startup industry, I’ve made the transition this year to full-time pattern drawing, lettering and inking. My works are whimsical and intricate; they blend real world plants and animals with fictional ones, creating little galaxies of layered patterns.
I’ve used Pigma Microns since I began focusing on illustration 8 years ago. As I found myself drawing tighter and tighter linework, I purchased smaller and smaller pens. I’ve been asked, “How do you keep your drawings from smudging?” and realized that I’ve never run into that problem. Not once.
I’m incredibly fortunate that I get to do what I love every single day and that I never have to worry about my drawing tools giving out on me.
"I have been using Sakura Micron pens in all my freelance commissions and personal work for the last two years. I have tried other brands, but ever since I used my first Sakura I have been a loyal customer. I started with a few pens and now I have a desk drawer full of them organized by size! My favorites are the Microns in 005 and 01 and Pigma FB. I find Sakura's rich black ink to be a great neutral black and the ink doesn't budge on my watercolor paper which is so important since I watercolor over my line drawings. The pen nibs are strong but flexible, and have constant ink flow on the hot press watercolor paper. I also used Sakura Micron pens to illustrate all my popular children's books I created for Laurence King Publishing."
Missy McCullough is a Los Angeles based artist and illustrator. She is known for her colorful, whimsical watercolors and attention to detail. She loves to blend her love of Pop Art with Renaissance Art to create her own blend of style – a playful sophistication. Her illustrations have been featured on national television and have graced the pages of magazines across the world. She has illustrated several popular children's books and is founder and creative director to Golden Fox Goods, a paper goods company featuring her chic illustrations. Her clients include Laurence King Publishing, Liberty London, Paper Source, NBC, Daily Candy, Nylon magazine, People magazine, Lady Gunn magazine and NBC Today Show.
Missy lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband, two young children and dog.