Do I Need to Use an Easel?

When you start drawing most people draw flat on a table but if you can access an easel then I would recommend using one.  Some learners feel quite intimidated by the easel, with all its screws and parts they seem cumbersome and unnecessary.  It might be worth giving it a try and seeing how you get on because drawing or painting on an easel is quite a different experience to drawing flat.

Give the Easel a Chance

At first it will seem a bit strange to anyone who is used to working flat on a desk or table because you are standing up usually instead of sitting.  The other thing that feels very different is the angle of the paper, it is upright on an easel rather than flat. 

If you have never used an easel don’t be scared to try

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Is Quality Important When It Comes to Materials?

This was a question that I was asked recently in a beginners class.  Many think that the materials make a difference, but do they?

There is no doubt that some materials differ enormously in quality such as soft pastels for example, the cheapest ones are crumbly and don’t grip the paper.  The combination of poor quality paper and pastel can really make a difference to the outcome.  In a recent pastel lesson one learner came with some very high quality pastels and created some beautiful blends while another learner struggled with some budget pastels which created a pile of dust, not having the best quality paper either.

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