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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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"Hi, my name is Afsaneh Tajvidi. I am an illustrator and multimedia artist living with my husband and two funny cats in the beautiful city of Toronto in Canada. Last year I launched my new line of greeting cards and I share behind the scenes photos and my work process on my Instagram and Facebook. I was raised in a family of artists. My grandfather was a famous musician and his father was a painter (miniaturist) therefore art has always had a special place in our home. When I was very young my mom was always encouraging my sister and I to draw and paint. She used to buy us drawing notebooks to draw with crayons. We still have our childhood drawings and it’s so fun to look at them! Even though I studied computer engineering at the university, it didn't stop me from following my real passion which is drawing and painting.

I fell in love with Sakura pens many years ago because of their archival inks and very fine tips, and since then I never stopped using them. I love using them to draw in my sketchbooks, on the envelopes that I send out, or even on washi tapes that I use for packaging!” - Afsaneh Tajvidi

Instagram: @joojoopaper

Facebook: joojoopaper

Website: joojoopaper.com

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Liz Bradford is a scientific illustrator based in Portland, OR. In 2009, Bradford received a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Within her professional portfolio, she works within the confines of exact measurements and scientific accuracy. She said, “As a formally trained scientific illustrator, I explore the world through the focused observation of natural phenomena. The simplest things—tiny insects, a leaf, a stone—are transcribed with reverence and can be found to have infinite complexity. Art is my tool to discover and know the world and share that with others.” Some of her favorite subjects include anatomy, paleontology and ornithology. Her scientific illustration portfolio can be found here: https://oxhip.com/

However, her creations have evolved to be not just science themed, but to be much more whimsical and light hearted over the years. She recently launched her own greeting card & stationery line called “Oxhip Studio” (www.oxhipstudio.com) . She realized her favorite illustration projects were always the ones that stirred people’s hearts and made them smile. 

“Micron pens have always been my favorite choice for illustration. I constantly carry a pouch full around with me where ever I go, in case inspiration strikes. I love the impossibly tiny line widths possible with Microns, which are essential to my highly detailed illustrations. There is something highly meditative about transcribing what is in front of me into delicate marks on paper.” - Liz Bradford

Instagram: @oxhipstudio

Facebook: oxhipstudio

Website: oxhipstudio.com

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Shel Nuth grew up in the foothills of North County San Diego, and currently resides in San Francisco. Graduating with a degree in Economics, art has served mainly as a pastime and hobby. Her passion for drawing started during early childhood as her mom, artist and teacher, always encouraged freedom of expression and creating. Working with mainly pen, ink and watercolor, Shel's art celebrates spaces in between; the absence of color and form highlight the soul of the subject matter.

" A lot of my work is small and the Sakura pens allow me to get the level of detail I need. My favorite, which I always have a few on hand, is the 005. It is my go to for fine animal fur lines and face shading; I haven't found one I like more!" -Shel Nuth

Instagram: @shelnuthart

Website: shelnuthart.com

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"My name is Ghaith, also known as artdoodle9 on Instagram. I stay busy working as an architectural engineer in Philadelphia. I spend my downtime exploring cool spots in the city with my girlfriend, taking our puppy for walks, and of course; drawing. I love creating simple, eye catching illustrations using Micron pens to share them with the world on my Instagram account. I generally experiment with black and white ink minimalist illustrations with line pattern/dotting details.

I love using the Micron ink pens because they allow me to add very fine details that take my illustrations to the next level. The different line widths with these pens are perfect for outlining and detailing beautiful yet simple illustrations. Also, I am a lefty and I never have to worry about smudging when I illustrate with Micron pens because they dry instantly. My personal favorite nib size to work with is 005!" -Ghaith Yacoub

Instagram: @artdoodle9

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