Derwent Pencil Buddy

The Derwent Pencil Buddy looks gorgeous on any desk, whether or not it is modern or antique. The brilliant white plastic with geometric design looks stylish, however, it would be nice to have one or two other colors introduced to the pencil buddy.

Holbein Artist Colored Pencil

Holbein is an incredibly formidable and respected name in the art world, mainly for their wonderful paints, inks and pastels. Although their colored pencils may not carry the same reputation throughout the art community, I can hand on heart tell you that they certainly deliver the same amazingly high quality results. 

Derwent Procolour Review

Check out this review of the highly anticipated new Derwent ProColour colored pencil. The ProColour is Derwents newest member to their already impressive range of colored pencils. Will the ProColour be up to the high standards of its fellow Derwent art supplies? check out this review to find out what Derwent have in store for us all. 

Koh-I-Noor Woodless Pencils

The Koh-I-Noor Woodless colored pencil is a generous 7.3mm diameter of pure pigment, no wood barrel eating into precious space for additional pigment. I have received many emails and messages asking for these wonderful pencils to be reviewed, however, before actually getting them in my hand, I must admit, i thought they would have a waxy residue to the touch, but this is absolutely not the case. 

Stylefile Marker Review

There are three different types of Stylefile markers available at the minute and as I have mentioned, as a collection, as a collaboration between all three styles of marker, Stylefile make creating your art such an amazing experience.

Derwent Mechanical Pencil

Derwent have been extremely busy over the past few years and we as consumers are about to bare all the fruits of their labour. Let me be a bit more specific, Derwent have been working on a few new products of which I am incredibly honoured to have been allowed access to for review purposes. I don't want to get ahead of myself, so we will take it one new product at a time. 

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils have become an incredibly popular medium, allowing for all the beauty and movement of conventional watercolor paints, while allowing for the all the detailed precision and portability of a pencil. Given the wonderful advantages of combining watercolor paint and the humble pencil, it is hardly surprising that watercolor pencils have become a very popular medium.

Derwent Pencil Museum Official Opening

toward the end of May, I was incredibly fortunate and honoured to have received an invitation to the official opening of the new and improved Derwent Pencil Museum.  This is only an hour and a half drive from were I live, which doesn't sound like much, but with my spinal injury, the journey took much longer due to many stops needing to be made to ease my pain. 

Spectrum Noir Graphic Marker

A short while after the release of the Illustrator markers, Spectrum Noir and Crafters Companion the parent company, released the Graphic Markers. I have had the privilege once again to use and review these markers and show you what they are capable of. 

Colored Pencil Storage

Over the year or so that I have been in love with colored pencils, I, like so many others hooked on the thrill and excitement of this wonderful medium, have used all sorts of systems to keep our pencils safe and accessible, however, in my opinion, none come close to the Robax Engineering Colored Pencil Plastic Tray Storage System. 

Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend

Spectrum Noir are a British born company, run by parent company Crafters Companion. On the grand scheme of things and in comparison to other colored pencil manufacturers or art suppliers in general, Spectrum Noir are relatively new to the scene. However, they have absolutely made up for lost time and now pack a metaphorical punch in this industry.

Tom Bow Irojiten

Tombow is a Japanese company, originally setup back in 1913, from this date on, Tombow have been producing cutting edge art supplies at mid table affordable prices. This may be a stereotypical comment to make, however I don't intend it to be, but the Japanese as a culture are immensely hard working and invest so much pride into their work that the end results are immaculate and TomBow is no exception to this.

Derwent Graphite Pencil Review

The shaft of the pencil comprises of traditional, high quality Cedar Wood, hexagonal and lacquered in a black matt finish. The core of the pencil is approximately 3.8mm with an 8mm barrel, allowing the user a generous core width for laying down graphite

My Top 5 Sharpeners

I get asked quite a lot, "what is my favourite pencils sharpener?" which is a really difficult question to give a straight answer to, so as with most things now, I decided to write a bit of a review and make a youtube video to go along with the review. 

Derwent Pastel Pencils

When I was asked to review these Derwent Pastel Pencils, I was really excited, I purchased my set quite a while back, however, it was the Derwent Pastel Collection, meaning that in the 38 set, there was 19 pastel pencils, 13 pastel blocks, blending stump, needed eraser, sharpener and a sandpaper block. As wonderful as this set is, especially for those looking to get into pastels, I am only concentrating on the pencils for this particular review.

Alyona Nickelsen's Colored Pencil Painting Portraits Book Review

I would just like to start this review by thanking Alyona for asking me to write a review on her new up coming book, "Colored Pencil Painting Portraits". The book is not yet released and so I was incredibly fortunate and excited to get a copy months before the publication date in which to review. According to Amazon, the digital version of the book will be released on the 20th of June 2017 and the print publication is available now for pre-order but release on the 7th of July 2017. I would advise pre-ordering this book as I have a feeling stock will move very fast once released.  

Chalk Ola Chalk Markers

A few weeks ago I was contacted, via email, by a company called Chalk Ola, asking me if I would like to review their product, the Chalk Ola Chalk Markers. According to the email, they had seen my reviews and like the format and honesty behind my reviews, so I was absolutely thrilled to be contacted in the first instance and once I read a bit about the products, I was excited. 

Black Widow Pencils

A little while back, I was contacted by a gentleman called Albert, after a bit of dialogue, Albert explained to me that he had branched out into colored pencils, a kind of subsidiary from his main business. Now, it is his main business and the connection to these pencils that I personally think make them a story in their own right.