Great New Range of Art books August 5, 2010

For the first time ever, a great new range of art books have become available for purchase in the UK.. The range is known internationally as the Leonardo Collection. There are 46 titles in the series which were designed and created as both a valuable tool for beginners and a strong support for professional artists.

Drawing Animals No.13 Leonardo collection

Drawing Animals No.13 from The Leonardo collection

The Leonardo Collection offers exhaustive information on methods and strategies in both drawing and painting, starting from the basics of drawing and gradually presenting various media and techniques in a vast range of subjects.

 The first five titles of the series have been adopted by many art schools throughout the world because of the informative and easy to follow step-by-step practice and demonstration approach.

Each manual in the Leonardo Collection explores a single subject matter, but taken together they create a comprehensive survey of drawing and painting, useful for artists of all levels and abilities who want to expand their knowledge and skills. Each book measures 24 cm wide by 34 cm long, with 36 pages including the cover.

The range covers: The Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting; Drawing the Human figure; Portraiture (including caricatures); Drawing Animals and Pets; Drawing and Painting Landscapes; Still Life; Flowers; Cartoon and Comic Drawing, and even Decorative Patterns and Calligraphy.

Priced at just £6.99 each they are great for learning new skills and techniques, as you can work and learn at your own pace.

For more information click here Leonardo Range of Sketching, Drawing and Painting Books

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Want Darker than a 9B Pencil ? July 9, 2010


Derwent Onyx tonal comparison

Have you ever been drawing and thought I need a really dark pencil? When I say dark I mean even darker than a 9B.

You may recall that with Graphic pencils the H stands for Hardness and the B for Blackness well 9B is the highest it goes in terms of Darkness. Well that was until Derwent launched their new Onyx pencil.

 The Derwent Onyx pencil is made from smooth dark graphite and allows you to instantly create dense rich jet-black tones. Its 4mm wide core has a non-crumbly texture which means it will sharpen and hold a fine point for longer making it ideal for hatching. Also, it will smudge allowing you to blend it with your finger tip or if you prefer to keep your hands clean use a Tortillon.

Landscape drawn with Derwent Onyx Pencil

Landscape drawn with Derwent Onyx Pencil

 The Derwent Onyx pencil is equally good for quick expressive sketches as well as detailed technical and architectural drawings. If you require really deep tones these can be built up by applying increased pressure. Less pressure will achieve lighter tones ideal for more precise work.

Derwent Onyx is available in two tones, Medium and Dark, which can be purchased individually for around £1.50 each or in a pack containing 4 pencils (2 Dark Onyx & 2 Medium Onyx) with a sharpener and eraser for around £5.00.

If you want more information about Derwent Onyx is wish to purchase them then follow this link: Derwent Onyx Pencils

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New Derwent Pastel Pencils June 15, 2010

Derwent have just re-launched its Pastel Pencil range with a contemporary new look, softer texture and rejuvenated range of colours. The new softer texture means improved performance. The pencil glides across the surface of the paper, transferring the colour with a velvety touch, that produces a smooth and full bodied powdery finish.

They’ve made it easier to move colour around your drawing, especially with the help of a paper stump, if you want to keep your fingers clean! The range of Pastel Pencils have been reduced from 90 to 72 shades. This reflects the fact that the vibrant and intense colours blend more easily to create an infinite number of hues and tints.

Sharpening Pastel Pencils

In addition the new pencils sharpen much more easily so you can enjoy the best of both worlds; the beauty of pastels with the precision of a pencil. It’s worth remembering that you should use a sharpener specifically designed for sharpening pastel pencils as by their very nature, they are more abrasive and will blunt a standard sharpener within a couple of uses. If you want to know more about sharpening your pencils click here Sharpening pencils

If the environment is important to you, you’ll be pleased to know that the barrel coating on the pencils uses Derwents’ environmentally friendly water-based paint. Which is less harmful to the environment.

The Pastel Pencil range is presented in protective metal tin cases, which have the exclusive new drawing from artist Paul Finn on the front. Speaking about the commission Paul commented:

“Derwent’s new Pastel Pencils are a major improvement on their previous range. The same intense, vivid pigments have been retained, with a much improved binding agent that allows multiple layering, including adding darker layers over light ones. These new and unique pastel pencils also allow me to produce finer, more detailed drawings than with any other pastel pencils I have tried.”

Here’s what the new tins look like:

Pastel Pencils are available in tins of 12, 24, 36 and 72. Our new stock has just arrived and we are running some great special offers to tempt you. To enjoy 25% off the new range click here New Derwent Pastel Pencils Special Offers







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