Lizzie Snow is a 23 year old visual artist, working under her artist name ‘fortyonehundred’. Inspired by fractals in nature, Lizzie creates contemporary explorations of the mandala and free flowing artworks.

The work Lizzie releases include original drawings and paintings, internationally commissioned murals, limited-edition prints and collectable items. Lizzie has recently opened her own art gallery in Tofino, BC, Canada. She has over 100,000 followers online, displaying and selling her artwork on social media, her website and now also in The fortyonehundred Art Gallery. Lizzie is a New Zealander and a Canadian. Born in Canada, brought up in New Zealand to a Kiwi family, and now has returned to Canada to live by the beach, open the gallery and make even bigger career goals.

Collaboration is a key part of Lizzie’s artistic practice, having worked with brands including Lululemon, Converse and Peugeot, as well as numerous non-profit organizations. With her Master of Fine Arts degree and Bachelors degree in Design for Social Innovation, Lizzie has a particular interest in the ways she can positively evoke relationship between people and the earth through her art practice. Lizzie works with the ethos that emotional connection and education are the first steps towards practical change in terms of helping our environment. We are all interconnected, and this is the driving force behind her creative practice and artistic expressions.

AuthorLorrie Chan

Isabelle Staub is a 24 year old illustrator and artist currently residing in Valley Forge, PA. Isabelle started creating art from her kitchen table at the young age of four. This culmination of time and passion have helped her to become a worldwide recognized artist.

She describes her art as, "a story reflecting my current vision which I enjoy sharing and connecting with my audience." Isabelle feels a personal connection to her work and pours her heart and soul into every piece she creates.

Isabelle received a BFA in Illustration at Moore College of Art and Design located in Philadelphia. She specializes in portraiture and character design. Her versatility as an artist allows her to constantly explore and experiment with new mediums.

“I have been using Sakura products long before I became a professional illustrator, and I plan on using them for the rest of my career. The products are easy to use, affordable, and reliable. Anyone can use them whether you are a beginner artist or a master of your craft.”

Her tried and true products include: the black .03 , .05, .08, and the various sized chisel Microns. ”I am obsessed with and have gone through so many Pigma Brush pens mainly in the colors black, blue and red.

I also love the cordless electric erasers & the various sized mechanical pencils for sketching before I start inking! Also, I use white Gelly Roll pens for highlighting my traditional pieces.”

Instagram: @isabelle_staub

AuthorLorrie Chan

Julia Gutiérrez-Bravo is a Venezuelan-Spanish artist, born in 1988, self-taught and passionate about birds. Her artistic name is Mederos, in honor of his grandfather Luis Bravo-Mederos. Her grandfather was her best friend, her teacher and her accomplice. Due to the admiration that Luis Bravo felt for his mother, Julia decides to use her great-grandmother's surname as the artistic name.

Birds are a representation of herself and her emotions. For the artist birds represent, in their different species, freedom, overcoming, balance, elegance and mystery. These are the characteristics that she tries to transmit through her artwork.

The drawing and painting of birds became a therapy to overcome suffering and pain experienced, and an escape to the happiness of which the artist enjoys nowadays.

Her achromatic drawings (black and white) are due to the fact that for the artist the lack of color represent that balance, that elegance and that mystery. On the other hand, her paintings are chromatic because she understands that the different tonalities of colors represent an explosion of feelings and emotions that can only be reflected using the chromatic circle.

Upon her arrival in the United States she decided to give even more priority to her artistic work and thus be able to break through in that market, and somehow make her artworks a way of life.

“The reason I use Sakura pens is because they are affordable and high quality, they last months of use and they allow me to have precise strokes with their pens. I particularly, love a one line drawing and my pen of choice is the Sakura pens: Pigma Micron number 08!  “ - Julia Gutiérrez

Instagram: @mederosart

AuthorWayne Chan

“My name is Rosemary, known at home as Rosie, and everywhere else as Rose. I am from the UK but I currently live in the Dominican Republic and have done for the past 3 years. I have been drawing and travelling since I can remember and coming from a family of talented and professional artists I was always surrounded by creativity and support. When I was 18 I ventured to Art School. I made it one year. It wasn’t what I expected at all and I put down my pencil for almost 5 years. 

After some detours, a degree in Archaeology, teaching english, 4 countries, countless jobs, I found myself in an Art Shop buying an A6 Sketchbook and pack of microns. I had never tried ink drawing before but immediately loved it. Since then a pack of Microns and a sketchbook can always be found near by. I started by sketching whatever I could see, buildings, cafes, my kitchen. Instagram let me get in touch with artists all over the world and grow much faster than I expected.

Now, almost a decade after I quit Art School, I teach high school art, exhibit, do commissions and even murals. Sketching is where I am most relaxed and have the most fun. Microns are my favourite, as they have the blackest and smoothest ink that stays strong over time! Very important for me as my sketchbooks can get a bit beaten up, I take them everywhere. I love getting lost in details, however big the piece, and the 005 is perfect for that. The past two years I have been working on a series of projects but my favourites have to be my Pet Portraits & Wave Series. Pet Portraits allow me to connect with people and create personalised art that I know will be treasured. The Wave series is my personal project, something I can get stuck into and lose myself in. I’ve been lucky enough to exhibit some of these pieces and even sell a few! 

Thank you Sakura for featuring me! Your pens have made my dream career a reality. “ - Rosemary Grace

Instagram: @r.g_art



AuthorWayne Chan

“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


AuthorWayne Chan
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