This last week we received a HUGE amount of brand new books! Boxes upon boxes of instructional tomes covering such a wide range of fun topics. A huge variety of mediums are covered and we can’t wait to start applying some of what we’re learning in our free workshops and in our own creative projects. I love the new HOW TO DRAW and THE ART OF DRAWING series of books, they teach human form and structure, hands, feet and perspective in very clear understandable terms.
Our Sunday workshop tutor Yasmin is a fan of Christopher Hart’s new range of Manga and Anime books, particularly MANGA DRAWING CLASS which is an excellent starting point for any aspiring Manga artist. We both love how beginner friendly it is, providing a real step by step guide and lots of sketching space to practice with.
Taiana and I have been really happy with the response to the new range of READY TO PAINT books from Search Press. They’re perfect for beginners, and particularly for anyone for anyone wanting to start using Watercolours for the very first time. They’re great value, give very clear practical step by step advice and come with 8 free reusable tracings, so you don’t have to rely on your drawing skills to produce a beautiful watercolour painting.
The titles available are very varied and include books such as COUNTRY LANDSCAPES, WILD ANIMALS, BOATS AND HARBOURS, LONDON, PARIS, CATS AND KITTENS, DOG AND PUPPIES and many more.
Look forward to seeing you all soon!
A few years back a conversation with a customer led me to the discovery of one of my absolute favorite brands, Sennelier Oil Pastels. Previously I’d always had a pretty tough time enjoying playing with my existing oil pastels, which I had found to actually be more akin to crayons at times due to the lack of pigment content. I had also had some difficulty in mixing and blending colour as what I was using was fairly hard.
I was immediately impressed as a read the blurb on the back of the packaging, which handily stated,
‘Created by Sennelier for Pablo Picasso, the Oil Pastel offers freedom of creation for everyone’
Some research revealed that in 1949, Picasso had requested though Henri Goetz that Sennelier produce hand-held pigments that had total coverage. Sennelier Pastels are designed to be used not just on paper or canvas, but for a huge array of mixed media applications. These oil sticks can be easily used in conjunction with Acrylic and Oil painting, wood, metal, glass and ceramics.
The first thought is how true the colours are (and the available range is HUGE), secondly when you feel the tip of the pastel you’re immediately taken with how soft and creamy they feel. They have an extremely high pigment content and are held together with a non-oxidising and very pure synthetic binding medium.
Actually using the pastels on paper is the real revelation, I was amazed at how little force was needed to make a good solid mark on the paper surface I was using. Colours can be blended effortlessly and they can be mixed with a wide variety of mediums and thinners. The creamy, oily nature of these pastels means they will not naturally dry, so the use of Fixative is a must.
What I love most about Sennelier pastels is not just the freedom of use with a variety of media, but how free they feel in just regular, playful expression.
Sennelier Oil Pastels are available at Frames and Art in a wide variety of single colours and sets, including iridescent colours.