Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Some more bits

Richard Childs - "Out to Grass"

Richard is doing particularly well at present - his image "Out to Grass" has just won First place in the latest "From my Perspective" show run by Ann Kullberg, against some really stiff competition by famous CP artists, and has also been chosen by the Michael Elliott Trust "Freshfields" Donkey Sanctuary to help in their fund-raising. Richard will be at a Christmas Show at Buxton, Deryshire, for the Sanctuary, on December 13th, along with several donkeys - and Rolf Harris.

Other bits - another stockist of Prismacolor pencils has surfaced, from amongst our own members. Sonia Bowmar-Scothern, of 1buy1 Pencils based in Northampton writes:

I have the whole colour range of Prismacolor premier pencils in stock at the moment and have just started to sell a few Prismacolor Verithins. I have a few Karisma pencils listed on ebay also and over 100 (at a rough guess)not listed plus around 50 on their way. I also have a few coloured pencil art books listed and on order. Titles include Coloured Pencil Pocket Palette and the complete Colored Pencil Book. I can also get Prismacolor sets at a very good price

Her (low-budget) website is here and her e-bay page is here.

Next, some more good news from Derwent. I have been involved in the development of a new accessory that Derwent will be releasing on September 1st - their very own battery-operated eraser. I can honestly say that I like this a lot, it has a long chunky eraser that can be shaped, a powerful motor, a good carrier system that is not too fiddly to get at and lots of replacement erasers. The price is right too, at a RRP of £2.99p, with 30 replacement erasers for £0.99p. I think this one will fly off the shelves!

Finally, we just wanted to say how pleased we are about the entries for this year's Exhibition. We have had entries from almost 50% more artists, from 11 countries, and the total number of entries are 30% up on last year. Should be good news for the quality of the Exhibition! Great thanks are due to Pat Heffer, who has almost nursed some artists through our submission procedure, even going to the extent of ironing creases out of entries! This should not have been neccessary, but we do thank her for her "above and beyond the call of duty" efforts. The entries will be very soon with the judges. Best of luck to all!


Felicity said...

Bob, I'm interested in your comment about nursing artists through the procedure. As it was my first time submitting, I was quite nervous about doing it right and what I might be doing wrong - perhaps you could write about the questions that arose so that we can all learn more? I had doubts about the quality of my scan (it never looks like the original - do judges take this into account? -but is it allowed, for instance, to enhance it if it actually looks closer to the original?, the amount of info required (bio and description) and whether asking too many questions would affect the outcome - in particular, I didn't want to look as if I was actually being pushy, trying to influence the process or just being stupid! Hunting for info at Scribbletalk was fruitless as most artists seemed to be veterans and therefore there was no discussion about the nitty gritty. Any chance of a 'submitting for dummies' post or perhaps something similar put into the files at the Yahoo group site?

Bob Ebdon said...

Hi Felicity,

This comes up every year, so I will answer more fully in a special blog.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Bob - I draw A LOT with my current Jakar battery powered eraser - by which I mean I don't just use it to erase mistakes, I use it to lift off and create marks I want to keep.

The price of the Derwent one is certainly competitive with the Jakar eraser.

The two differences I can see from the pic are:
(1) shape - and I guess that is always going to be a personal preference, and
(2) length of the eraser.

The Derwent eraser length is looking a bit short to me. I always put a new eraser in when I know I'm going to start drawing with mine - and the length of 'fresh' unused you then get is longer than in that Derwent pic.

I'm a bit concerned that I'd end up spending more time extracting the next bit of eraser than I would drawing with it!

Can you comment on how you generate more 'length' to the eraser?

Bob Ebdon said...

This is a totally different system to the Jakar eraser Katherine, and IMHO far superior. It uses a carrier for the eraser - the metal bit you see. You take this out, pull a bit more of the very long and thick eraser out of the carrier and replace. This way you use all of the eraser, and don't get left with a bit stuck in the Jakar that you can't get at. Inside the carrier, the eraser is actually about 2.5cm long. You can have as much or as little of this sticking out as you want.


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