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Well today was a day when I just felt like tucking into a large piece of cake. Unfortunately I'm on a diet, so cake was a big fat no. Instead I thought I would console myself by doing some window shopping.
Not for clothes, because I find that a tiring and often depressing activity, but instead for art materials. 
However it wasn't long before window shopping became ooh-just-one-pencil shopping, and then of-course-I-need-a-new-sketchbook-too, and then -OOH-LOOK-AT-ALL-THESE-PRETTY-PENCILS-I-TOTALLY-NEED

I don't really regret it though. The pencils and sketchbook are still making me feel happy and I haven't even opened them. No post cake guilt!
I was planning to start sketching tonight but it might be tomorrow as I ended up spending longer than I planned having supper with a friend. 
The other art shopaholics among you might be curious as to what I got. The rest of you can listen anyway :P

The Booty:

  • Faber-Castell Grip Plus 0.7mm mechanical pencil
  • some spare 0.7mm leads
  • Derwent Eraser pack (includes an art eraser and a Soft art eraser, I'm curious to see how different they are)
  • A Faber-Castell pencil sharpener with the 3 different sized holes. I have one the same but it is quite old and half broken and I think the blades on it are not their sharpest anymore
  • Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour 'Profi Plus' set, which is an assortment of 12 hard and soft grey tones plus black and white. I have the set of 90 of these colour pencils, but it doesn't have half of these greys and they come in very useful, so of course I had to have them! ;)
  • Lyra Farb-Riesen Color Giants skin tones, a set of 12 chunky colour pencils designed for colouring in skin. I saw a review recommending these, and commenting on the different in colour to the similar tones in the Polycolour pencils I have, so my curiosity got the better of me and I bought them.
  • A Canson sketchbook. A fine grained white paper with a medium weight. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect paper. I don't like too much grain on paper, particularly for drawings A4 and smaller as it's difficult to get a reasonably smooth finish. However it has to be grainy enough that you can get a reasonable amount of layers of colour. I'm hoping this will be a good balance, but otherwise I can use it for the pencil and pen sketches I scan to colour in digitally, or just for rough sketching.
Here it all is:
20140716 004307 by TavieTastic

I know a lot of traditional artists on here like the Faber-Castell polychromos for colour pencil work but I'd really recumbent the lyra rembrandt polycolors. They aren't quite as heavy or oily and so I think you can layer more colours than with the polychromos. Plus the range of colours is really good, particularly the neutrals which you so often use for horses! Though I love the blues and greens too. 
Let's just say it's not often I get my box of 12 polychromos out! Though the two brands also work together well as they're both oil based.

If anyone has any paper they love using let me know! or any other must have items in your opinion :D

Hopefully you'll see some more stuff from me soon using my new materials :D please pester me, I have no excuse after the rather expensive shopping trip :giggle:

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you're very welcome! :D
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Thanks for the :+fav: on duskhorse.deviantart.com/art/R…

We hope to see you attend ^^

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there are a few of us :) :iconoakhollowd:, :iconmelonheadgirl:, :iconlouvan:, :iconfemalefred: and some others I can't remember off the top of my head I'm sure :nod:
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