Since the rising popularity of Inktober over on Instagram, October has become synonymous with the art of drawing. We feel it’s a good time to reflect on some of the best drawing related blog posts that have featured here over the years. From ink to pastel, colour to monochrome, our in house and guest writers have provided useful information and celebrated drawing materials of every kind. We hope you enjoy revisiting some of the drawing articles we have listed.
Peony Gent provides a comprehensive review of the Moleskine concertina sketchbook, trying out a variety of media including Sennelier soft pastel, Caran d’Ache’s Neocolour II watercolour crayons, Jackson’s Indian ink and Stabilo’s Woody 3 in 1s. The post illustrates how these materials adhere to the surface this sketchbook provides, as well as taking a glimpse at Peony’s characterful drawings.
Evie Hatch reviews Nitram Liquid charcoal, considering its properties as a hybrid drawing and painting medium, and takes a look at what happens when it is mixed with watercolour. This article celebrates the variety of marks that the medium can produce and hints at the possibilities.
In this interview the artist Stephen Walter extols his love of graphite and describes his work; a series of paintstaking maps of cities he has a personal connection to, laden with urban myths, anecdotes, curiosities and historical fact: the information that bring identity to a place.
In this post from 2016 Duncan Montgomery gives an introduction to the variety of dip pens available and suggests where you might like to put your money if you’re new to the medium. Additionally there are a couple of beautiful and inspiring dip pen sketches, created by the author.
Urban Sketcher and self professed pen addict Brian Ramsey gives a verbal tour of his studio, describing his favourite drawing materials and the qualities he most appreciates from them. This post showcases his favourite art materials alongside some of his popular line and wash artworks.
In 2019 we visited the home of Coates Willow charcoal. A family business that was founded over 200 years ago, the Coates family have for generations dedicated their lives to growing willow, turning to the manufacture of willow charcoal when demand for willow basketry waned. This is their story, and shows the many stages involved in the making of a simple stick of charcoal.
Think all erasers are the same? Think again! In this article Julie Caves explains the variety of erasers available and what each type is best for. A thorough and clear guide to erasers, which if followed, will help you work out the best eraser for your medium and approach.
In this in-depth review accomplished silverpoint artist Lauren Amalia Redding describes the pros and cons of working with Sinopia Chalk Ground Casein Gesso for silverpoint; a gesso which can also be used as a ground for a variety of other drawing media.
Bev Lewis’ awe inspiring coloured pencil drawings demonstrate the level of colour vibrancy and detail achievable with this most humble of media. In this interview Bev shares her favourite pencils and paper to work with, as well as some of her favourite techniques.
In 2018 Tegen Hager-Suart really put Jackson’s Metallic Drawing Inks to the test for her article. In this blog post she explores the outcome of working on both black and white paper, as well as working over the top of other colours, testing the ink opacity and seeing how secure the mica within the ink is once the colour has dried.
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