Drawing, Scribbling and Doodling 16 Oct

Our latest window display is by graphic artist Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift and despite the digital world that we live in, Swifty told us “I’m never more happy than when I’m drawing type by hand”. Swifty’s passion for drawing by hand has got us inspired to take a look at few of our favourite products for people who love to draw and those who would like to give drawing a try.

#1 Palomino Blackwing Pencil


The Blackwing 602 Pencil has an almost cult like status. Originally manufactured by Eberhard Faber, the pencils were discontinued in 1998 much to the dismay of scribblers, doodlers and illustrators. Thankfully Palomino came to the rescue and revived this famous pencil that to many is unrivalled in the pencil world. We recommend the Palomino Blackwing for artists because of the slightly softer and darker lead, and the Palomino Blackwing 602 for writing and everyday use.

#2 Wooden Hand


Drawing from life or observational drawing can help develop an understanding of shape, proportion, detail and proportion. This wooden hand by Hay will help you master the difficult task of drawing hands in a variety of positions. As with everything, practice makes perfect and the more you study and observe the easier it will become to draw what hands look like rather than what we think they should look like.

#3 Drawing For The Absolute and Utter Beginner


This is a great book for beginners and does what it says on the tin. Filled with exercises, examples and problem solving solutions this book will guide you through the techniques and tools needed to gain confidence and develop your drawing skills.

#4 Derwent Dual Eraser Pack


No draughtsman’s pencil case is complete without a decent eraser. Derwent have been manufacturing drawing materials for over 180 years, so you can trust that they know a thing or two rubbing out pencil marks! This dual pack is great because you have erasers suitable for all types of pencils and the marks they make.

 #5 M+R Professional Solid Brass Circular Sharpener


As with the eraser, if you are setting up your pencil case for drawing, you will most certainly need a decent pencil sharpener and we recommend trying M+R’s Professional Solid Brass Circular Sharpener. Not only does this look and feel great, it performs exceptionally well with graphite, pencils and colouring pencils.

#6 Fred Aldous Cartridge Pad A4 220gsm


Refine your drawing skills on this general purpose drawing pad. Perfect for pencil, pastel, charcoal, brush pen and light wash, this cartridge pad was made right here in Manchester, by us!

This selection is just a taster of what we have on offer, explore our website and you will see what great tools we have to help you perfect your drawing. And don’t forget to check out our amazing Love Drawing Sale on many of our fantastic Derwent products.

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