Sunday, 19 February 2012

Derwent 'Artbar'- new drawing product

Derwent have introduced a new product which may be of interest to those who like to use soluable pigments in their drawings, or want to try a new dry medium - I quote from their literature:

Derwent’s new Artbar is a water-soluble wax bar perfect for creating bold expressive marks and building up texture. The high wax content gives the Artbar a very smooth consistency and its unique triangular shape means you can make many more distinctive marks than you can with a traditional round block.
The new Derwent Artbar range recognises the role of tone within art and the comprehensive spectrum of 72 opaque colours is divided into 4 tonal groups, Brights, Pales, Earths and Darks. For easy colour selection the colours within each tonal group are positioned together in the tins.
The Artbar has been tested by our panel of professional artists and they found the new Derwent Artbar incredibly versatile, being able to use them dry and wet as well as being able create texture by building up layers of colour almost like paint...
Each Artbar is protected by a peelable silver wrapper which can be removed in sections thereby ensuring that both the Artbar and your hands are protected throughout the life of the bar. They are perfect for working ‘en plein air’ as they are easy to transport dry and will balance on a hand held sketchbook without falling off!
The new Derwent Artbar is available individually and in selections of 12, 24, 36 and 72. The 12 tin contains a set of basics which, in theory, can be used to create any colour you want. To help you understand the art of colour mixing a tutorial is available to download from

If any readers have had a chance to use them - why not leave a comment for other readers to see with your own opinion of their value?

Friday, 10 February 2012

Malcolm Cudmore - workshops

Malcolm Cudmore, the Editor of the UKCPS magazine, 'Talking Point' and a fine artist in his own right, has some workshops on offer.  He writes:-

"I'm delighted to be running three one-day courses on coloured pencil techniques here in Bungay. They will be at The Art Trading Company studio on Earsham Street and suitable for both beginners and improvers. I shall be sharing my own techniques for creating memorable images with coloured pencils as well as covering other useful art techniques that will help you develop your own work. Each day has a specific focus and will include opportunities to try out a range of high quality pencils and papers as well as work with your own favourite materials. The dates are:
  • Saturday 24th March - "Stone Walls, Bridges and Rural Architecture"
  • Saturday 23rd June - "Still Life"
  • Saturday 15th September - "Portraits"
Each day is 10.30am to 4.30pm and limited to 10 participants. Booking has already started and the first day is almost full already! The fee of £40 per person per day includes all tuition and free tea/coffee. Bring your own lunch! Further details are available from my website - from where you can download flyers for each course."  Visit:

Thursday, 9 February 2012

10th Keswick Exhibition - REMINDER!

UKCPS Members are reminded that the closing date for entries to the 10th Keswick exhibition is fast approaching on 10TH MARCH 2012 !!

 A summary of the details as follows:-

10th 'World of Coloured Pencil' Exhibition 2012

  Venue: The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick, CA12 5NG
Saturday 28th April - Saturday 26th May 2012

Free entry open to all UKCPS members only. Entries to be Pure coloured pencil,  or as mixed media with coloured pencil as the main medium.  The entry form is downloadable from here:
Entry form and rules (pdf downloadable form)
Entry form only for electronic submission .doc format .rtf format

(Ensure you also download a pdf version above so you have full copy of the rules)

Due to lack of space the exhibition can only feature 24 pictures, to be chosen by ballot after all entries received.    Closing date for entry is 10th March 2012!!

 The UKCPS is always grateful for the magnificent sponsorship that we recieve for our exhibitions, and the following awards are available, and are sponsored by -----

Derwent - willl sponsor the 'Best in Show'  and also the picture voted as best by members of the public  - 'People's  Vote Award'.

Leisure Painter Magazine will sponsor the award for the  'Best Newcomer to Coloured Pencil' (an artist having less than 24 months membership of UKCPS.)  [Ed note: The Leisure Painter has always given good coverage to colour pencil topics and regularly features articles by or about UKCPS members].
UKCPS -will sponsor  'Best in Show - Runner Up', plus two 'Highly Commended' awards.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tiffany Budd - Derwent featured artist

Congratulations to UKCPS Signature Member, Tiffany Budd, who is the featured artist in the Derwent Pencils blog page:

You can follow Tiffany's own blog by scrolling down the column on the right to the Members Blogs section, and look for the link : 'Tiffany Budd At Work'.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Robin Borrett - workshop news

Robin Borrett has been in touch with this message:-

A one day workshop, on Saturday February 18th 10.00 am - 4.30 pm St Mary's Church School Room, Main Street, East Leake, Loughborough LE12,
opposite the Parish Church. If you are interested please contact  me soonest.
Tel: 01509 856940 or Email:


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