Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils

Here’s a sketch I did a few weeks ago on a sunny autumn’s day by the sea. I really enjoy this combination of ink and watercolour pencils. Using pencils rather than paint helps to stop me overworking a picture, a constant battle I have with myself. These Derwent Inktense pencils[…]

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Sprout Pencil featured

Sprout Wooden Pencil Review

The Sprout pencil is a pencil you can plant when you’ve finished using it. There are graphite and colouring versions. Pencils are available with a wide variety of seeds including flowers, fruits and herbs. The barrel of the pencils are made of cedar from sustainable forests: a new tree is[…]

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Tombow 8900 review

Tombow 8900 Pencil Review

Tombow make great pencils for both writing and drawing. The 8900 is Tombow’s cheaper pencil for “General Writing”. Price: $0.80 Lead grade options: 2H, H, HB, B, 2B Barrel colours: green Barrel shape: hexagonal Eraser?: no The 8900 is a good looking pencil. It’s simple, with an unfinished end, but[…]

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Musgrave Test Scoring 100 review

Musgrave Test Scoring 100 Wooden Pencil Review

The Musgrave Test Scoring 100 is a budget wooden pencil in a distinctive silver finish. It’s designed for filling in those little boxes you get in multiple choice tests, with extra-reflective graphite meant to be picked up more reliably by scanners. Price: $0.70 Lead grade options: just this – feels[…]

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Guide to Pencils for Drawing

What makes a pencil good for drawing? While it’s possible to produce absolutely beautiful art with just a single pencil, for the purposes of this guide we’ll be looking only at pencils that are available, as a minimum, in a range of grades from at least HB to 6B. Erasers[…]

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