The Creative Plan – Inktense Pencils review

OVERVIEW It's taken me so long to wind up this project that I feel a bit disengaged from it, like I haven't given them a proper trial. As it is a medium I do have previous experience with I did cut out some techniques I would've normally tested with other materials. I do love Inktense,... 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 – Day 1 Colour Pencils

I don’t recall ever buying a colour pencil set, they were always birthday or Christmas presents, so I’ve had my collection since I was ten! I never liked colouring-in as a child – too many memories struggling to get colour to adhere to crappy colouring-in books printed on newspaper print. Testing Before I set off... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 2 – Liquid Pencils

This medium is an enigma. With all the exercises I’ve undertaken you would assume I’ve developed an understanding about how it works, yet it is a complete mystery. When I think I have it sussed it collapses on me, when I give it no prospect it comes up trumps. It does my head in. I’ve... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 2 Liquid Pencils

Now that all the samples are done it was time to create art with them. However, I still have no idea what to expect from this medium (see Day 1’s warning). Applying it Straight For this exercise I used Permanent Yellow and Blue with a long-haird brush. Results W/D - It leaves behind very vibrant,... Continue Reading →

The Creative Plan – Day 1 Liquid Pencils

This is a brand mew medium for me. I have seen artwork created with liquid pencil, mostly as finished pieces, but I’ve no first hand experience with it. I went to the local art store hoping to buy a jar but they only had a set of twelve tubes. In fact, I was lucky to... Continue Reading →

Review of Project 1 – Graphite Pencils

This was the last day dedicated to graphite pencil exercises and at the end of it all I was surprised I found something that really engaged me and took my work to a new level. There were a few other little highlights that I liked: the seasonal wolf illustrations which plays to my "strengths" or... Continue Reading →

It’s Easy As…

I've created a couple of new pages showcasing all the materials I use as well as my own personal tips on how to handle them or how I use them. I dont have any professional background when I offer this advice, it's garnered from regular use and a lot of jumping in the deep end... Continue Reading →

Pump Pen Second Review

Over the last month or so I have tried to fit in some random sketches to continue my trial of the Ackerman pump pen with fairly interesting results. I may have mentioned in my last review that the pump pen would be really handy when I'm sketching en plein air, instead of having to balance... Continue Reading →

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