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Art By Caran d’Ache

Susie Hodge finds that the new Caran d’Ache sketching kits, Art By Caran d’Ache, have been thoughtfully put together to cover all your needs in one box. There are three themes, each designed for a different purpose


Bobby, Art By Caran d’Ache on cream Daler-Rowney pastel paper, 113⁄4x81⁄4in (29.5x21cm). I used a mix from the Light and Shade and Flesh and Earth sets, both pastel pencils and cubes. Their hardness meant that as I skimmed over the textured paper, a lot of the powdery pigment adhered. I began by drawing the shape of the head and placement of features using a grey pastel pencil and a light touch. Then I added some darker areas to mark on the mid-tones, using the cinnamon pastel cube in the direction the fur grows and then worked across the image with the pale yellow and Naples ochre. Where I needed more definition and deeper tones, I used dark French grey and Payne’s grey; around and in the eyes, nose and mouth I applied dark sepia, earth and touches of black. I finished by picking out lighter areas with Chinese white
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About The Artist

Welcome to our June issue with plenty to inspire artists in all media. Watercolourists will love Amanda Hyatt's Five Steps to Watercolour technique with a 10-minute exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to let go of reality and get creative with the medium, Jean Haines' advice on how to paint white flowers, while Julie Collins shows how adding ink can create definition and impact. For inspiration for oil painters don't miss cover artist Jason Sacran's step-by-step self-portrait, Patrick Cullen's article on painting in India and Paul Brown's advice on using just six colours to paint a landscape. For acrylic painters we have Michael Kidd talking about his stylised acrylic compositions, Jo Quigley's demonstration on how to paint successful reflections in acrylics and Marie Antoniou on how to transform a dull photo into an interesting painting, while Barry Herniman demonstrates the versatility of the under-used medium of gouache. With all this and much more, why not try a new medium or technique in the coming weeks under the guidance of our fantastic contributing artists!