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Seamless colour

Alyona Nickelsen put Derwent Procolour coloured pencils to the test to see how they would stand up to her coloured pencil painting techniques for abrasive surfaces

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The arrival of brand new coloured pencils is always an exciting event in my studio, especially if they were created with the professional artist in mind. Working with Derwent Procolour was a real pleasure and the colour selection is very attractive. The wood used for the casing is soft and allowed me to sharpen the pencils easily either with a knife to expose a large portion of the core, or with an electric sharpener to form a needle-sharp point. I was pleasantly surprised at how Procolour pencils retained their points under the pressure of a working hand, without crumbling or breaking. This is definitely a plus when moderate pressure is needed or when I work using striking strokes to achieve a textural effect.

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Be inspired to get out and about with your painting kit this summer with tips and advice on sketching and painting en plein air from top watercolour artists Amanda Hyatt, Geoff Hunt and Ian Sidaway. Jenny Wheatley shows how to use your location studies to create exciting compositions back at home, while in a the first of a new series Yael Maimon explains how to select the best format for a successful composition. Aldo Balding demonstrates how to paint a full-length portrait, Robert Brindley shows how to capture the spirit of Venice in watercolour, Barry Herniman reveals how to use acrylics the watercolour way. Plus we focus on the rules of painting, how to paint figures on the beach, learn from the painting style of Christopher Wood, how to choose the best colours for different skies, and how to cope with the challenge of working from poor photos. We've included plenty to inspire you this month, as well as information about what to see and do and competitions to enter with great prizes up for grabs!