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All about sanguine.

Composed of iron oxide and natural pigments, sanguine is normally found in a square or cylindrical stick form or sometimes as a pencil.

For the sanguine pencil, the lead is made of clay, binding agents and wood. The cooking will determine the hardness of the lead, a light cooking will give the sanguine stick enough hardness to prevent it from breaking too easily when you apply it. The colour of the sanguine also varies from red ochre to deep red according to the amount of earth, iron oxide and chalk it contains, but also according to the cooking.

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What pencil is best for drawing? Amylee can help!

You want to start drawing? Or just creating black and white on a piece of paper? You may have some questions about materials to use as pencils look all the same, but we’ll see they are not in the below article.

The pencil is a thin graphite rod contained in a sheath of wood, which is used to write and draw. The pencil also called the “lead” is composed primarily of clay and graphite.

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Drawing accessories: the little items you should not forget...

Drawing equipment is made up of a few essential accessories besides the pencils, charcoal, sanguine, chalk and paper.

The Eraser: having a plastic or kneadable eraser is necessary to execute corrections on your pencil, charcoal, sanguine or chalk drawings and to revise them. It also allows you to remove pigments or charcoal particles on the spaces that you want to highlight in order to suggest light or relief. So essentially you can also ‘draw’ with the eraser on a tinted area.

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Drawing is one of the fundamentals of artistic expression and often the basis for other techniques including painting and sculpture. All our drawing tools, and accessories can be found in this section including a wide choice of colours for all dry media work such as soft and oil pastels, chalks, coloured pencils and crayons. We also offer traditional sketching media including graphite, charcoal and sanguine. Explore our own brand labels including I Love art, Gerstaecker, Jaxell and Jaxon, and also choose from your favourite brands including Faber-Castell, Derwent, Caran D'ache, Stabilo, Koh-I-Noor, Schmincke and Cretacolor. As well as essential accessories such as erasers, rulers and sharpeners you will also find a range of mannequins, view finders and projectors to help you improve your skills in observational and life drawing.

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