Arteza Everblend Markers

The ink quality inside the Arteza Everblend markers is absolutely fantastic, there is no blotchiness at all which can sometimes occur with the cheaper lesser quality inks. As always I completed a piece of art work to help demonstrate the markers.

Bruynzeel Rijks Museum Colored Pencils

I completed my usual testing on the pencils, layering and blending; from the images below you can see that the layering with the Rijks Museum pencils was excellent. Blending also was excellent and as previously mentioned, I completed this test both dry and using odourless mineral spirits.

Schpirerr Farben Colored Pencil Review

The Schpirerr Farben Colored Pencils are quite new to the scene, comparatively speaking, there has been quite a hype surrounding the brand and in this review I aim to answer the questions everyone has about the pencils and see whether or not the hype is justified or undervalued.

Arteza Watercolor Pencils Expert

The first thing to note about the Arteza Watercolor Pencil is the barrel shape, with the Arteza Colored Pencils they sported a nice round barrel, however here we have a hexagonal barrel. A lot of colored pencil artists much prefer the hexagonal barrel based of the less likelihood

Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers

When I first seen the markers advertised, for some strange reason and it is strange, I thought the markers had three different nibs; a chisel nib, brush nib and bullet nib. However all the nib types are the same and it is the colors that are different enabling the artist to create flawless blending.

Caran d'Ache Technalo Set Review

Recently however, Caran d’Ache have added to the range new sets of water soluble graphite with subtle pigments added to the graphite, allowing the graphite artist to ever so subtly add a splash of something different to their work

Black Widow Skin Tone Colored Pencil Review

The first set of pencils Albert loaded onto us all was the Black Widow colored pencils, they came in a small cardboard box and looking at each iteration of pencils since the beginning, it is clear to see the development of both pencil and packaging. Next came the Scorpion colored pencils and the Black Widow found their new tin packaging. After the Scorpion came the Cobra, another beautiful set of pencil,

Caran d'Ache Sharpener Review

So I decided, especially given the price of this item, that I had to purchase one for review purposes, I felt it was very important to show all viewers and subscribers of The Art Gear Guide the features of the sharpener and try to determine if it is worth the large expense,

Mitsubishi Uni Colored Pencil Review

It is without a doubt, such a shame that pencils from Japan are not more readily available here in the UK, US or Europe. Given the explosive growth of colored pencil sales, colored pencil artists, adult coloring book artists and artistic crafters, I really think these companies would do well. almost every Japanese pencil

Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencil Review

So in this review I will take a look at the Caran d’Ache Pastel pencil and as always, I have full real time demonstration of the pencils in my YouTube video review as well as a speed painting video of my first ever pastel landscape art. If speed videos are not your thing,

White Nights Watercolour Pencils

For those of you familiar with the White Nights brand, perhaps the most talked about feature from the company is that their paints are still manufactured in Russia, but the White Night watercolour pencils were not, remember this as I will be referring back to it further into the review.

Van Gogh Coloured Pencils By Royal Talens

As I briefly alluded to at the beginning of this review, I had my own expectations of how the Van Gogh pencil was going to perform and monumentally got it wrong. After a very short while of testing and using the pencils, they were slowly slipping into my favourite pencil selection.

Christmas Gift Ideas For The Artist In Your Life

It’s that time of year and trying to find the perfect gift for the loved one, friend or family member can be challenging at the best of times, never mind if they are artists. So, in true Art Gear Guide Style, always trying to help out, I have compiled a list of affordable, yet highly desirable girts for the artist in your life. Check out this article for some cracking ideas to help make your Christmas or Holidays be a memorable one.

Tombow 1500 Colored Pencil Review

The layering ability of the pencil is really impressive, I tried this on various different paper types and the paper I found to display the best outcomes was the Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate and the Canson 140lb Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper.