My current favourite products (plus what I have been up to this week!)
Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a good week despite everything that is going on in the world at the moment. Personally I am looking forward to some shops and for zoos to open on monday for a bit of normality (not that I will be going anywhere for the first week or so while it's busy!
I have been really busy this week working on a couple of top secret commissions - so no pictures of these until they have been received and gifted! I am really enjoying them so look forward to showing you all. As you can see from my post picture I have finished the lovely hare drawing I had been working on. I really love this piece! He has now been added to my redbubble store as giftware, homeware and stationery - and I will be having some art prints created so watch this space!
So today I thought I would share some of the products that I use.
Firstly are surfaces - the arty name for what material/paper you draw on. I have two favourites that I use depending on the work I am doing. These are Pastelmat and Polydraw. Pastelmat as the name suggests is actually a pastel paper, so it has a lot of 'tooth' (texture to hold the pastel particles). It is a little bit like a fine sandpaper. I love this surfae for when I need to add a lot of different layers to a drawing, such as for black fur. It is especially good for being able to layer light colours over dark, making it great for any mistakes! Polydraw is a drafting film, like a thin sheet of plastic with a coating to allow pencil to adhere to it. It is super smooth and doesn't take a lot of layers but creates a lovely soft effect (see my "Timothy" drawing and "Best of Friends").
For pencils I really do have one go to brand which I use almost exclusively, Faber-Castell Polychromos. These are an oil based pencil and quite hard so are great for details and layering but not so good for blending. They are super popular for many artists and come in a huge range of colours. I also have a couple of Caran D'Ache Luminance which are very soft and blend really well. I only have a couple at the moment but I really want to get some more and use them more often.
My other two "can't live without" products are my slice tool and my Tombow Mono eraser. A slice tool is a little ceramic cutter which you can use to scrape layers of pencil off a surface, it's great for creating texture (like in the hare drawing) and highlights. The mono eraser is like a mechanical pencil but for an eraser! It has a really fine tip and is great for adding details and highlights.
Thanks for reading, I hope you liked having a little insight into my process through the products I use. If you have any questions please let me know.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!