The Art Gear Guide Announcement

I have been just waiting for the right time to make this announcement and I feel now is that time. I would like to say however, in making this announcement I am in no way wishing to upset of offend anyone whatsoever and as you read further into this article, it will all become clear.

Watercolor Brush Pen 20 Set

The Watercolor Brush Pens release a good quality water soluble ink which is bright and vibrant. When the pigment is activated with water, the ink can be pulled out quite far, creating an beautiful gradient as I have shown below.

Conte à Paris Sketch Set

Next are the three pastel pencils, the white, sanguine and sepia, these three colors are very popular in sketching sets. All three colors are perfect for lose sketches, nudes and landscapes. As pastel pencils the pigments are incredibly strong and the lay down pigment is smooth and consistent

Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle 76 Box Set

Whether you buy the Museum Aquarelle Box Set or the cardboard box that Caran Dache now sell their top line art supplies in, either way this is a luxury item, a top quality set of pencils and they are both going to cost a lot of money.

Derwent Carry All A4 Folio

We all know how good Derwent are at providing that all round shopping experience for artists, head to their online store or their Museum in house shop and you can pretty much get all that you will need to produce first class art or just have a fun filled weekend with the kids crafting and getting stuck into art projects.

Art-n-Fly Colored Pencils

As I mentioned, the Art-n-Fly colored pencils are oil based, they layer incredibly well and very smooth indeed, gliding across the paper like butter. Aiding the pencil in performing so well is the core ability to maintain a fine point for a relatively long period of time

Art-n-Fly Markers

Although I mention budget priced, the Art-N-Fly marker is by no means a budget marker. Unlike a lot of budget priced markers, Art-N-Fly have started to offer accessories for their products that very few like for like marker companies offer their customers.

Pan Pastel Review

Since I started with colored pencils, I have been absolutely fascinated with the work pastel artists can produce, however, when I very first tried pastels it was a disaster. I soon discovered the importance of good pastel paper and good quality pastels.

Etchr Slate Satchel

the vast range of features on offer from the Slate Satchel alone is not only incredibly desirable to artists on the go, but the build quality and prospect of longevity is equally enticing. I have really enjoyed using my Etchr Slate Satchel and once I can afford to purchase the Field Case I will be doing so. 

Arteza Brush Pens

I was very fortunate to have been contacted by this relatively new art supply company, "Arteza"  and asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. So although I have been asked by the company to review the product, as you all know by now, my primary objective is to report the products exactly as I personally find them. 

Spectrum Noir Metallic Markers

I have completed quite a few reviews of Spectrum Noir's products and I am completely in awe at the rapid pace they have been releasing new products, not just any product, high quality products; both aimed at crafters and artists alike. In particular I personally am a huge fan of their marker sets and vast range of coloured pencils.

Derwent Graphik Line Painter Pens

As you will be able to see from the still images I have provided, the Derwent Graphik Line Painters are incredibly opaque pigments, bright and vibrant, just simply bursting with colour. I think one of the many reasons so many people love these pens is their versatility.

Soho Urban Artists Professional Colored Pencils

The palette choice for the entire range is exceptional, fantastic range of light, dark and mid-tone ranges of primary and secondary colors, a generous selection of browns and greys, colors I sometimes feel are overlooked with other brands. 

Derwent Lightfast Review

The Derwent Lightfast pencil is a thing of beauty, the 8mm barrel is constructed of beautiful Maple, displaying in full glory the grain, given the pencil a very natural look. Inside the barrel is encased a stunning 4mm core, bursting at the seems with pigment.

Studio Tour 2018 & Up Coming Review Supplies

About this time last year I uploaded a studio tour, well, more of just a desk tour, I draw and write in the corner of my livingroom or on the sofa or in my bed, wherever my back will allow. However quite a lot has changed since my last setup tour and I thought it was about time for an update.

Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils

The barrel is coated in the same color as the actual pigment in the core and all pencils capped off with a striking battleship grey inch flash. The internal core is a generous 4.4mm jam packed pigment delivery system, held securely within the 8mm Cedar wood barrel.

Marker Trays From Robax Engineering

There is such a variety of outstanding quality markers out there for artists, brands such as Stylefile, Copic, Spectrum Noir, Touch, Pro Markers from Winsor and Newton and Chameleon Markers. As a result, Robax Engineering has created a very similar style to the pencil trays only for Markers, allowing the artist the same small footprint on their studio desk whilst allowing for a large amount of markers visually on display and readily available for use.

Arteza Expert Colored Pencils

As I have just mentioned, the Arteza Expert line, despite their incredibly low price, have been lightfast tested, I mention their low price, as pencils in this price bracket, normally do not have such testing done to them. 

Faber Castell Classic Colour

When I first looked at the wood barrel close to the core, it appeared choppy, tattered and bad quality, initially I thought sharpening was going to be an issue, however this was absolutely not the case. Once the pencil was sharpened that choppy tattered appearance disappeared. I think the quality of the wood is obviously lower than that used in the Polychromos range, however, that absolutely does not affect anything about this pencil be it sharpening or use.