Friday, 29 June 2012

Traditional Art Supplies Update

For reference, this is the first installment of my traditional art supplies

These are the supplies that I have acquired since my first post.  Yes I'm such a hoarder, or rather more euphemistically, a 'collector' XD.  I just love having all these different colours and stuff to play with! I guess I've reached a saturation point right now, because before I would just keep on buying and buying.  Now I've got so much yet I've had to use a lot of them.

sooo here we go:
Prismacolor Premier coloured pencils, set of 150

my proudest addition to date: the most extensive, complete and EPIC set of Prismacolors!  Totes worth it.  They're arranged in three layers of two 'trays',  The bottom trays is in the box, the middle trays are on the side and the top trays are resting on the flaps.

Berol Prismacolor pencils, set of 60

Stephen bought from Ebay and sent it to me, it just arrived today (thanks honey!). Now if you wonder why I would buy a second hand set of Prismacolor when I already have a big one, it's because these pencils are manufactured by Berol before being handed over to the current Prismacolor manufacturer, which is Sanford.  I heard that the Berol pencils are more 'buttery'.  I haven't tested it yet though so I can't tell you for sure.

Derwent Drawing pencils, set of 24

very very creamy pencils! It's so fun and is such a pleasure to draw with.  The texture of the pencils is like a cross between coloured pencils and oil pastels.

Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils, set of 72

Funnily enough, I didn't like Coloursoft at first when I first bought one pencil from open stock to try.  I'm glad I continued to give this a chance and now I'm really starting to like them.  They're as soft as they say, yes, but I think the problem is that when I see 'soft' in coloured pencils, I automatically think of Prismacolor Premier, which is very waxy and crayon-like in consistency.  These pencils are kind of a clay-like, dry kind of soft, so it's good but in its own way and really shouldn't be compared with Prismas.

Derwent Graphitint watersoluble tinted graphite pencils, set of 24

Haven't tried these yet, but I can't resist.

Sennelier oil pastels

I bought these on open stock.White and Turquoise Blue.  You know, I thought that the cheapie sets of Pentels I have were pretty decent, but oh boy was I wrong!  When I tested the Senneliers at the store - it feels like soft, melting butter!  What a world of difference it is!  In fact, for the price of these two oil pastels I could buy a set of 48 Pentels.

Staedtler Triplus Color markers, set of 20

a cousin of Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Some odds and ends from open stock

Arranged chromatically.
Prismacolor pencils and Derwent Coloursofts.

Good thing I've catalogued and taken photographs of all these.  Would be good for insurance one day.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Trying out this new, super-cutesy style.  It's me, A, B and Papa Bear (aka Stephen) together. This is the first time I drew him as a bear, previously I drew him in his robot, elephant and human form. HEH!  IMO it might be my most successful mixed media piece to date.  I initially sketched my design with a blue coloured pencil on watercolour paper, underpainted the piece with watercolour, overpainted the main bits with oil pastels and then did the detailing and outlining with oil-based colour pencils.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Happy Orange Onigiris

Kay calls this colorful piece "Happy Orange Onigiris." It's hard not to smile looking at this! xD She completed this on June 4th.

Acrylic on paper.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Strawberry Rabbit Girl

I love this... Kay calls it "Strawberry Rabbit Girl." Another image of a girl with two rabbits. Colleen colored pencil on 160 gsm A5 sketchbook paper. She finished it on June 4th.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

New painting

(Kay - This is a concept character for a bigger, more elaborate painting I plan to make in the near future)

Kay put this one together about a week ago. I'm blown away. Not only has she gotten better at this, she's producing them faster. I love the use of gold and bronze, and the back lighting. Just phenomenal.

Here's a progress image.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Winter Troll

It's a winter troll! Colleen coloured pencils on A5 160gsm sketchbook paper.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

More cute smiley animals!

More vector illustrations! Another commission from the same client who commissioned me to do the smiley beaver.  I'm getting the hang of this fact I think I'm even starting to REALLY enjoy it and may probably make more vector artwork for my own enjoyment in the future! I never thought I was going to say this in a million years! lol.

Monday, 4 June 2012


I originally intended this blog to be my blog just for my art, and then... then I started writing stuff about art, and then found out that I actually LIKE writing about art, you know, sharing my ideas and techniques and insights about art materials and stuff with the world.

Then I started feeling that it's taking the focus away from my art.  I mean, it's STILL related to art but it's not just my art. I mean, I kind of want this blog to be a semi-portfolio thing.  So I decided to post my articles here, on HubPages (opens in a new window), and put a link to on the right hand side column so you can go see my articles and such if you wish :).

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Colorless Color Pencil Blender Comparisons and Notes


There are a few well-known brands of coloured pencils blenders on the market, so how do you know which one is right for you? I will put all the colour pencil blenders and burnishers that I have to the test, and a white pencil (Prismacolor Premier in White) to the test.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Introduction To Colorless Colored Pencils Blenders

What is colorless coloured pencil blender and why should you use it?

They're pencils made up of colourless core, designed to be used with your colour pencil artworks to blend and/or add gloss to your colour pencil strokes. I've read that they're made from the same binder ingredients as the softest colour pencil range of that corresponding brand, minus the pigment, i.e. the Prismacolor Colorless Blender is made with the same binder as Prismacolor Premier, and the Derwent Blender is made with the same binder as Derwent Coloursoft. There are of course more brands on the market but these are the two blenders I will talk about and use for this article.

When you lay colour down on paper, the colour tends to catch mostly on the 'hills' of the tooth of your paper (unless you are very heavy-handed with your application), while the 'valleys' are left white, giving the stippled white flecks look.

Derwent Coloursoft in Fuchsia
Derwent Coloursoft in Fuchsia 

Using a colourless blender will help spread the colour around and pushes colour into the 'valleys' of the tooth of the paper, creating a smoother, more even look.

Derwent Coloursoft in Fuchsia, blended with Derwent Blender
Derwent Coloursoft in Fuchsia, blended with Derwent Blender