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At The Art Shop we have assembled our own drawing kits, easily portable in canvas rolls, and available to buy online. Here are 3 to choose from…

Botanical Starter Kit We were so impressed with the very informative and inspiring book  ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured pencils‘ by the illustrator Ann Swan, an essential for beginners, that we have used her palette to make up this starter kit of Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils. For a really special gift, our Ultimate Kit includes the coloured greys and includes a botanical pad.

Ultimate Drawing Roll – There are so many drawing materials to choose from we have selected everything you need, with different grades of pencils to suit every style. ‘H’ for hardness used for fine detail, ‘B’ for blackness for texture and tonal range.

Selection of Artist’s Coloured Pencils – A very versatile palette of colours, suitable for landscape, still life and even design work. An excellent alternative to the limitations of using colours in spectrum order that can be found in manufacturers tins. Polychromos Artists’ Colour Pencils have particularly soft wax leads, based on pure pigments. They are lightfast, water resistant and smudge proof.

All our ranges of pencils and the canvas roll can be bought individually, so you can make up your own kit!

bathroom 31bathroom 11Currently on show in our bathroom, a wonderfully light and airy room for displaying art, are a series of large charcoal and pastel life studies by Martina Jirankova-Limbrick.

Martina was born in the Czech Republic. She came to England to study illustration in 1997, and since then has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Alongside her delicate illustration work, Martina continues to explore and develop her already accomplished life drawing skills. Martina has exhibited her artwork widely in exhibitions and galleries, as well as being published in magazines.

Click read more below for more gallery images of our current solo show with Kumar Saraff

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b stedman 2b stedman 2 detailb stedman 1b stedman 3We are showcasing a new maker, Barry Stedman, alongside our current exhibition with painter Kumar Saraff.

Barry makes slab-built or hand thrown and altered pieces using stunning, vibrant colours and strong mark making.

‘My ceramics are influenced by the drawings that I make in places that I find interesting and inspiring. I like to explore exciting relationships between colour, texture and form, motivated by light and atmosphere. I work with strong, simple forms often in series exploring a particular theme thrown up by a place, a drawing or a memory. I try to make the work feel fresh, spontaneous and full of energy. I usually work with red earthenware clay, painted, scratched and marked with coloured slips, stains and oxides.’

Barry studied ceramics at the University of Westminster and has been a studio assistant to Edmund de Waal since graduating. He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts. He has shown his work extensively and is a regular exhibitor at Ceramic Art London (RCA), Earth & Fire (Rufford) and Art in Clay (Hatfield House).

Now available from our online shop three of our best selling books on drawing. It is hard to find really good art technique books that explore contemporary practice and process in an inspiring and revealing way. These are our firm favourites…

The Drawing Book by Sarah Simblet – a comprehensive guide for beginner or expert. Will take you through the basics onto more advanced techniques.

‘Drawing Projects – an exploration of the language of drawing’ – the best book around to learn about freedom of expression through mark making.

‘Drawing and Painting People – a Fresh Approach’ – an unpretentious and non-academic approach to drawing and painting. Will allow you to become more expressive and adventurous, building confidence by taking risks.

Find out more at our online shop

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