May 2013

  photo via   mickeycrandall

photo via mickeycrandall

Edgar Degas and George Seurat were notorious for using pastels. Now it’s your turn to show off your skills. Conté Pastel Pencils work best on rough paper surfaces, bringing texture to your artwork. Try this pencil to practice your crosshatching technique.

PIGMA MICRON PEN

Looking for sleek lines, crisp details, and a satifying drawing experience? This is your pen. The Pigma Micron Pen is “the King” of drawing pens, found in the pocket of all artists. It’s filled with high-quality archival ink, doesn’t smear when dry, and doesn’t leak through your sketchbook. All hail the Micron!

RICHESON PLASTIC PAINTING KNIVES 

Used for mixing colors or making dynamic shapes on canvas, the Richeson Plastic Painting Knife is not your everyday tool. If you’re looking to change up your painting routine, this knife can give your artwork a more organic feel. These plastic knives are safe, durable, and easy to clean after a painting session. 

LIQUITEX BASICS ACRYLIC PAINT

Acrylic paint is a water-based mixture known to dry fast on all types of surfaces. Try the Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint with the painting knife for a more prominent stroke and fiery color. Andy Warhol loved using Liquitex paints, and so will you. 

UNI-BALL KURU TOGA MECHANICAL PENCIL

If you’re into mechanical pencils, here’s a must-have new tool for your drawing sessions. The Uni-Ball Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil has a twisting mechanism that rotates the lead as you lift off the page, to keep the lead consistently sharp (Confused? See our helpful little diagram, below.). This starter kit comes with extra lead and erasers, too.