Fashionable Friday Flashback: Inktober Challenge!

(find links to products shown above here) Inktober is just around the corner. I mean JUST around the corner. If you are not familiar with this draw-along event, check out our previous post. I have enjoyed creating my own rules and prompts each year and challenging myself to learn new skills and stick to specific…

Pencil Review: Koh-i-Noor Diamond Lead Holder Drawing Pencils

Pencil Review: Koh-i-Noor Diamond Lead Holder Drawing Pencils

Review by Tina Koyama While woodcased colored pencils are commonplace (a quick search on Amazon resulted in 20,000 products!), colored leads for mechanical pencils or clutches are much harder to come by. They seem like they should be a promising idea – compact, refillable, no need for sharpening – and yet they generally aren’t. I’ve…

Sketchbook Review: Clairefontaine Goldline Multi-Techniques A5

I’ve been testing the Clairefontaine Goldline Multi-technique A5 sketchbook for sometime now. It was something that was brought to my attention specifically after I bemoaned that Exacompta was no longer making a blank refill that contained excellent paper for sketching and drawing. The book contains 140g/65lb smooth white paper and a classic “oil cloth” cover.…

The Great Eraser Rub-Off Challenge, Round 2

Review by Tina Koyama A while back Ana conducted a massive Eraser Rub-Off, in which nine erasers battled for dominance in the obliteration of graphite and colored pencil markings. I decided it was time for Round 2, with a little twist. (Sorry, no video from me!) In addition to the usual eraser needs when I’m…

Ask The Desk: Manager’s Planner & Road Tripping Young Artist

Brandon asks: Long time reader and I wanted your opinion on something. I am a full time student and I am about to start a job as a manager. Unfortunately, my organizational skills are nonexistent! Do you have a suggestion on a planner that can help me get on track?. Brandon, I conferred with our…