A list of the items included in the site This is probably the best route if you are not familiar with the site and it’s contents. below, In the first coloumn on the left, are the same section titles that you see in the blue navigation buttons here. In the middle are the Topic pages which are all linked, and on the right is a brief guide to what you can expect to find thereSO…..Sections are listed here on the left ( Blue buttons )Topics, in the middle are linked to pagesand there are also Topic navigation buttons to the right of each section page. You will quickly get the idea once you use it.The CONTENTS listing below tells you what you can find in each Section and Topic
Site history, Search engine and how the site worksListing of the site contents with a brief description ,and where to find the itemsA Section listing most of the brands on sale in Europe and particularly the UKThis section contains some additional information such as:The Differences between brandsPencil ingredients and an idea of pricesHow to compare performance of different brands for yourself.LIghtfastness in Pencils and why it mattersColour Comparisons across brands There are 14 pages of Topics covering what I know of each brandcommencing with Derwent . See the linked Derwent page for ‘other brand’ navigationWe can now look at Wax type pencils - the ones that do not dissolve in water. First we have a page of notes giving general information,A Topic about how to apply colour to the surfaceA Topic on a range of marks which can be used to develop a pictureHow results can vary depending on the surface usedColour Density and how to get stronger colourHow waxes and oils are used to make pencils and why it matters what is usedWax bloom - the grey coating that can appear on a picture surfaceFixatives - when and how to use them and which ones to usePencil Skills is a section looking at Techniques and Methods of workingOne of the most read Topics pages…. using hand and machineGetting a smooth sky or background with a pencil designed to draw a lineColours across the colour wheel darken each other . Useful.Another way of providing a suitable background for your pictureWorking from the actual subject and getting things in the right placeMoving your colour around on the paperSolvents will dissolve the pencil wax and make blending easierA dry process to seal down the surface of the picture and to blend coloursSome suggestions on how to approach Landscape subjectsNot easy parts of your pencil picture, but there are ways of approaching themShapes and colours, things to look out forYour choice of paper can help a great deal hereThat box of essential odds and endsThe essential tool to make the most of Watercolour PencilsA list of alternative methods of using AquarellesUnderpaint to build stronger colour without sealing the surface of the paperAquarelles are a much better medium than CP for smooth backgroundsAnother ‘How To’ page showing the quick way of completing leaf cover on treesOne or two step by step exercisesThis is a whole section dedicated to looking at how the different media work together with wax type pencilsThe basic approach to using pastel pencils and how they workA look at the different brandscard, papers and specialist surfaceshow to develop a picture with pastel pencilsAn example of a detailed pictured being worked. ‘Annecy Reflections’How papers compare in useFor Wax pencilsFor AquarellesFor Pastel pencilsColoured Pencil Teaching by myself and other artistsWhere to look for other tuition and informationA look at Step by Step examples and the summary of those hereand 6 separate topics covering the exercises1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6Getting the right angle on thingsAn excellent tool for compositionA large collection of notes to guide good compositionHow they work - get them wrong and it shows !Drawing boat shapes and looking at waterWithout contrast, your picture will not ‘sing’ the right songSome guides. We look at UK copyright law ( USA Copyright is not so simple )If you use a camera to take reference pictures - things you should know.How to get in touch - there is an EMail envelope link at the top of every page
IN ADDITION TO ALL THIS……..Pencil Topics has a presence on Facebook with a group discussion area. This supports the Topics discussed on the siteand also runs ( from time to time ) a group ‘work along’ picture where you can join in and discuss your progress.This is a ‘Secret Facebook Group’ so you can only make use of it if you have registered.You should already be on Facebook, and to register you will need to Email Peter ( Contact page ) and provide your Facebook address. You will then get a ‘Friend’ invitation and once that is completed, your name will be added to the group.We occasionally get a problem with registration if your Facebook settings are extra secure, but there is usually a solution.