Ask The Desk: Digital Drawing Tablets,  Typing Paper, & Astrobrights

Ask The Desk: Digital Drawing Tablets, Typing Paper, & Astrobrights

Joe asks: I need your advice on the purchase of a drawing table for my 10 year old granddaughter. She really is very good and I wish I could attach one of her drawings for you to see. She draws constantly and learns from books that I and her parents have bought her. She also…

Pen Review: Zig Clean Color Dot Double Sided Markers

I was absolutely tickled to find the Kuretake Zig Clean Color Dot Double Sided Markers recently. There are 12 different colors available (available in a set for $35 or individually for $3.30 each). I decided to just try a few colors to start. Usually, I’m inclined to get the whole set, every color, but this…

Sharpener Showdown: Hand Cranks

Review by Tina Koyama The venerable Carl Angel-5 hand-crank sharpener (also known as a “classroom-friendly” sharpener) is a popular, reliable favorite for many pencil users. With a metal body and “original quality,” it has a classic, sturdy build. I’ve had mine for several years, but sadly, I don’t love it. For one thing, its pencil…

Ask The Desk: Muting Ink & Sheening Ink Colors

Ask The Desk: Muting Ink & Sheening Ink Colors

Carol asks: I wrote Brad Dowdy this question and he didn’t know however thought you might be able to help me understand. I am looking to find a way to desaturate some of my fountain pen inks. As an artist I’m looking to add ink lines, marks by drawing on top of my watercolor washes.…

Taking It One Hand at a Time

Taking It One Hand at a Time

by Tina Koyama My Leuchtturm weekly planner is eerily empty. As a mostly retired introvert, my calendar is never overly full, but it hasn’t been this blank since seventh grade. Jazzercise on Mondays, yoga on Wednesdays, an Urban Sketchers meetup every second Fridays – all gone for the foreseeable future (thank goodness the trash pickup…

Eye Candy: Daiso Ink Sample Holder

Eye Candy: Daiso Ink Sample Holder

This Daiso ceramic doodad (12 for $20.16) was not originally designed to hold ink sample vials but it’s absolutely perfect for it. It’s actually designed to hold a toothbrush. Sample vials (5ml size) fit in this ceramic holder perfectly. It keeps me from tipping over a sample vial when I’m doing swatch samples or just…

How to Pick the Right Colored Pencils

How to Pick the Right Colored Pencils

In the US, there are three major colored pencil brands that vie for the “most popular” spot in the professional/high-quality colored pencil category. They are colloquially known as the Ps: Prismacolors, Pablos and Polychromos. Prismacolors First up are Prismacolors which are currently called Prismacolor Premiers. These beloved pencils have been passed around to so many…