The Creative Plan – Inktense Pencils Day 1

This is a product I’m already familiar with and love them to bits. As the name implies they are intense in colour as well as coverage. The first set I bought was over seven years ago and I remember the reviews weren’t particularly great. There seemed to be a defensive reaction to the colours they... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Review

As far as brand comparisons go there definitely seems to be a difference in quality with the higher priced ones as opposed to the student brand. But it also depends on how you plan to use them.  All the different brands I had were good and easy to use but if you wanted more watercolour-like... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 5

I headed out to the Sydney Botanic Gardens for the last day of my watercolour pencil project. The plan was to spend some time drawing tree trunks, particularly Moreton Bay fig trees. For those who are unfamiliar with them these trees have wonderful undulating folds that make up the entirety of their trunk, like heavy... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 4

Since I was a child I loved Greek myths and thought that whole world could give me enough scope to develop some ideas. It also gave me the chance to move away from more natural colours to the fantastical.  Earlier in the week I designed layouts for three pieces. Compared to the last exercise this... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 3

Odilon Redon is probably not the most well known of European artists. He was/is grouped with the Symbolists who practiced art around the turn of the century. To put them into art history context they were a reaction against the Impressionists ideals and possibly laid down the blueprint for any succeeding movement that explored more... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 2

The technique used on Day 1, where the base layer was made up of cross-hatching colour, was so effective and interesting I adjusted today’s exercise to involve more of the same. Layering – all colours at once (using Staedtler Karan Aquarelles) This drawing was about applying all the colours at once from light to dark. One... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Watercolour Pencils Day 1

Prior to starting this project I had to check if I actually had any watercolour pencils to use. There were a few random Albrecht Durer pencils and the remnants of my Staedtler Karan Aquarelles set which was bought used when I was a graphic design student back in the ‘90s. They didn’t get much of... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 3 – Colour Pencils

When I started this project, colour pencils wasn’t something I was looking forward to. Matter of fact I was apprehensive – past experiences were that they’re a very labour intensive medium requiring a lot of patience and time. Even when I did a search online for colour pencil art I was suprised that practically all... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 5 Colour Pencils

It feels so long since I posted and I have definitely lagged in my commitment to this project over the last few weeks even months. I blame the World Cup – damn living in the southern hemisphere and all those early morning matches! Anyways, things are back to normal, I say with trepidation, the English... Continue Reading →

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