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Silky smooth colour

Liz Seward finds Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 coloured pencils the perfect medium for depicting a found still lif

Iadore drawing and colour, so coloured pencils have long been a favourite medium but sadly they have not always been taken seriously. However, in recent years things have changed and coloured pencils are at last coming into their own. Most of this is due to the fact that they are now produced with the professional artist in mind and are lightfast, come in many beautiful colours and are lusciously silky to use – a universe away from what I used in my long-ago schooldays.

Preferred pencils

Some years ago I acquired a set of Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 pencils – the above description fits them perfectly. They, and I, have lived happily ever after. As an illustrator by training and instinct, these pencils are perfect for when accuracy of drawing with a slightly ‘looser’ use of colour is required; hence they are my preferred medium for found still life. So what do we mean by ‘found’? Hardly a day goes by without coming across a collection of everyday objects that are somehow arranged into the perfect composition. You just have to train your eye to see it, and it’s something I do with my drawing students all the time. If I have time, I make a small drawing in the sketchbook I always carry with me, but of course I also take photographs – thank heaven for mobile phones.

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Welcome to the April issue, packed with practical articles and demonstrations designed to inspire artists of all levels to develop their skills in all media. Our top artist-contributors this month include Hazel Soan, who suggests techniques for creating light and shade in your watercolours, Ian Sidaway who encourages you to paint a self-portrait, and Paul Talbot-Greaves who shows how to paint colourful boats in three easy stages in acrylics. Practise your skills as you learn how to loosen up and be more expressive in your drawings, use coloured pencils to create a found still life, simplify a busy harbour scene to create a composition full of light and colour, and achieve clean colours in your acrylic landscapes. This issue we also welcome back Geoff Hunt, who begins a new series documenting the results of his painting trips. Plus Roger Dellar offers tips on how to secure an artist-in-residence position and Mark David Hatwood explains how to reach potential buyers by working with partners. Enjoy trying new ideas in your own work with help from this month's artists and tutors.