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 

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AuthorSakura of America

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.

www.toddstong.com

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AuthorSakura of America

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 work primarily in logo design, wedding design and packaging. My work can be found online at littlepatterns.commaggiesichter.myportfolio.com, and @littlepatterns on Instagram. 

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler

"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. 

www.imissyyou.com
Golden Fox Goods 
Instagram: @imissyyou

 

 

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler

I am an aspiring artist from Brooklyn, New York who has been drawing since the age of 3 (at least that's what I've been told). I don't really like to use the phrase "self taught" because I feel as though I would be taking credit for something I really don't deserve the credit for.  My belief is that my ability to create is a gift from God...to him I give all of the credit. I haven't had any formal art training other than a little over 3 years attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan where I was just introduced to new mediums and techniques. For the most part, I learned what I know by trial and error. 

Due to many life experiences, I went through a very long period of time where drawing was not one of my focuses. I would draw here and there but I haven't committed myself to focusing on my art for about 20 years. There always seemed to be a distraction of some sort that kept me from devoting myself to what I have now realized I was born to do. It wasn't until a little over 2 years ago when my cousin created an Instagram page for me and started to post some of my older drawings and paintings. Once I started receiving feedback on my work and began to see all of the beautiful work done by so many talented artists in the world, I was again inspired to make art my focus and began to make drawing my priority. It's like I was reborn and had once again found my passion. Since then, I have been consistently working on improving my craft and doing what it is I truly love and believe I was put on this Earth to do. 

On Instagram, I seemed to have built up a reputation for being one of the better stipple artists. I was introduced to this technique in high school but had only done it twice...this was over 20 years ago. I was in an art supply store a few years back looking for a fine liner to help my son with a school project and I found the Pigma Micron. I immediately fell in love with it!!! It wasn't until about 2 years later when I noticed stipple art on Instagram and I remembered trying this back in high school and I decided to give it a shot again. Back when I was first introduced to the technique, I used a crow quill pen or a rapidograph. This time around I went with the Micron and I haven't looked back since. I just love the archival ink, the line consistency, no drips or ink blotches. The Pigma Micron is absolutely amazing and has most definitely become my weapon of choice for all of my ink projects. 

Instagram: @cuethedealr

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler