Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Guide Addendum

As we get down to the wire with the holiday gift season, here is a short list for suitable gift suggestions for budding artists that might enjoy some quality watercolor sets:
  1. Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils set of 12 would be a good start.
  2. Caran D'Ache Supracolor II set of 18 watercolor pencils another nice option.
  3. Caran D'Ache Neocolor II set or 10 or 15 watercolor crayons. A personal favorite which I carry everywhere.
  4. Holbein Artists' watercolors set of twelve 5 ml tubes.
  5. Winsor & Newton Artists' watercolor half pans gift set. A classic choice.
  6. Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks - a couple would make a neat stocking stuffer.
Ooops forgot to mention a couple of tools to use with these sets:
Pentel Aquash or Kuretake Niji waterbrushes - make an ideal bundle with the watercolor pencils and watercolor half pan sets.
For traditional round Kolinsky sable brushes, I would suggest researching if the following might suit your needs:
- Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Round Brush, for I really like my #4 for some loose sketching.
- Escoda Kolinsky-Tajmyr Sable Pointed Round Series 1212 & 1214, a responsive brush manufactured in Spain.
- Raphael Kolinsky Red Sable Fine Pointed Round Series 8404, I still have to try one of these, but I have seen it mentioned often as a popular choice for comic book inkers.

1 comment:

Tom said...

I'm definitely zeroing in on Caran D'Ache and the Faber Castell’s. Windsor and Newton are also on the list for their potent colors, as you mentioned previously.

You, Mr. Lung, I made just get ALL the ones you recommend! Thank you for your advice.

Take care:0).