We were delighted to hear from Simon Young, who we interviewed recently. He sent us in his feedback on our Strathmore Gemini Paper.
"I promised to share my first Watercolour on . You’ll see there are some alterations from the sketch I sent earlier. I wanted to make the tug (Faithful) make more of a statement; to achieve this she had to be larger, thus changing the overall treatment of the composition.
I much enjoyed working on this quality paper, which was stretched beforehand; it was forgiving and allowed a number of alterations that probably would have been an issue with some other papers. The rough texture was especially exciting to paint on and dealt with copious amounts of water to create the misty scene with ease. In particular, the river foreground accepted 4 glazes and I suspect could have received more.
In sum, is a very versatile and fun paper to work with and I look forward to getting to know it better."
Simon Young www.simonyoungart.com
Duncan Thomas reviews the Strathmore Artist Papers he selected after winning the Artist Papers bursary at the Patchings Art Festival 2016.
Strathmore 400 series Coloured Pencil Pad
I really like this paper. The name ‘Coloured Pencil’ is, in my view, unnecessarily prescriptive for a paper of such versatility and I nearly didn’t order it because of that. I don’t actually use coloured pencils. I use it for graphite and charcoal sketches and finished drawings (mainly portrait).
I like it particularly because its lovely smooth surface allows the charcoal to be easily and sensitively removed with a rubber to define lighter toned areas and highlights (this is a ‘reductive’ technique that I am particularly fond of) . Despite its smoothness (there’s a complete absence of texture or tooth ) I have found that it takes the charcoal beautifully, and the very darkest values can be achieved with ease.
This paper, almost to my surprise,