“My name is Oona Cassidy and I am a self-taught artist living in San Francisco with my husband and two young daughters. My formal art education ended in high school but I have always maintained my passion for art. After several years of practicing law, I moved to California while working for a company in New York City.  The time difference gave me the opportunity to start drawing again after a very long hiatus. Over the past several years, I have been lucky enough to do a number of commercial and private commissions, sell various products through my Etsy shop and have recently shown in a gallery here in SF. 

For as long as I can remember, my parents have gifted me art supplies for Christmas. For one of those gifts, years ago, was my very first pack of Pigma Microns and they’ve been an absolute necessity for my artwork ever since. A current series I have been working on is called ‘Dragimals’ which are ink drawings of animals in very intricate wigs inspired by drag queens.  Although I enjoy all sizes and colors of microns, the 003 and 005 nib size are perfect for this particular series because of the fine fur and hair details that it requires. I love the whole range of microns because the nib never splits, the ink lasts for ages and I can use watercolor over the top without the lines fading and bleeding. Gelly Rolls have also been a go to pen for me for decades and new additions to the range never cease to impress me.  I am so thankful to Sakura for creating so many different products that have been able to grow with me and my art over the years.“ - Oona Cassidy

Instagram: @oonakc

Facebook: @OonaKConEtsy

Website: etsy.com/shop/OKCs

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By day, Blake Gore is the Director of Learning Experience Design at Vanderbilt Business School, empowering individuals to embrace drawing and design thinking as problem-solving tools. By night, he creates sustainable small art to the sounds of Music City (Nashville). Often drawing inside only an inch or two, he’s inspired by the challenge to create more while consuming less.

“My approach to sustainable art includes non-toxic ink and recycled canvases, but it goes further than the obvious. Small, portable art needs to be durable if it is to be an active part of people’s daily lives, and the Pigma Micron’s waterproof, archival ink is up to the task. I like knowing that by keeping my material costs low, I can increase art lovers’ accessibility to original pieces. But, if my art isn’t always going to sit quietly on a wall, I need to make sure it ages well - and avoids a landfill.

Working inside tiny spaces also requires a degree of precision that the Pigma Micron 005 and 003 were specifically designed to deliver. I know exactly what to expect from every stroke and stipple, and there is no substitute for that confidence when the margin for error is so miniscule.” – Blake Gore

Instagram: @blakegore

Twitter: @B1akeGore

AuthorWayne Chan
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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

AuthorWayne Chan

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

AuthorWayne Chan

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.

AuthorWayne Chan