Art materials have evolved since those school day art classes involving overalls and horrid soggy paintbrushes. Lynne Chapman, a professional illustrator, reviews Derwent’s fabulous Inktense and Graphitint watercolour drawing pencils. Easy to store and fun to use – they might be just the tools you need to persuade you to try illustrating your own blog posts! Julia, Cartoons & Illustrations Editor

Those kind folks at Derwent have been in touch again and sent me another parcel: a pressie of art materials play with. It came almost on my birthday too! I got all sorts of bits and bobs, some familiar, some new things to try…

They sent me another set of my all-time favourite tool: the Inktense watercolour pencils.

This 12 set is really all you need. I once went to their shop in the Lake District and bought lots of other colours to add to my kit, but have taken most of them out again, because these colours are so well chosen.

Inktense pencils are absolutely perfect for sketching on the go. I just love the way you can combine dynamic drawing with painterly mark-making and fill the page with vibrant colour, while carrying almost no kit – just a handful of pencils and a waterbrush.

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