“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture
with the advantage of permanence.”
As a means of artistic expression, drawing has a long history, arguably even the longest. It encompasses a huge variety of media and surface types and is a route to, and fundamental part of, an array of disciplines, from fine art to engineering, and fashion to architecture.
The choice of surface for your drawing projects has a huge impact on the texture, feel and final look of your artwork, and Artway have endeavoured to provide you with a range of options, depending on your preference. From our super-smooth Graphic Pad stock, akin to Bristol Board, for graphic design and illustration to the heavier textures of our ‘35’ range of watercolour paper, featuring 35% cotton, and many varieties in-between, Artway are sure to have all you need.
Graphite & Coloured Pencils
The most common sketching material, the humble graphite pencil, comes in a huge variety of forms and hardness grades (even available as purely graphite powder), and Artway provide a great selection, for whichever drawing method you prefer. Starting with our graphite pencil sets of 4 from Derwent, covering the basic grades (HB, 2B, 4B & 6B) to our selection of woodless, coloured and water-soluble graphite sticks.
Pastels, Charcoal & Crayons
Commonly used as a medium for life drawing, the large, soft media of the drawing tools in this category are great for flowing, expressive lines, and quick shading for large areas of your chosen surface. All of our willow charcoal is sourced from the oldest traditional supplier in the UK, so you’re guaranteed quality, and comes in a variety of stick widths and lengths. In addition, our own Soft Pastel Sets are all made from fine-quality, soft and lightfast material that blends smoothly, in a set of either 12 or 24 rich and vibrant colours.
Pens & Markers
In a variety of professional or graphic design & illustration contexts, markers and pens are the dominant drawing and sketching tool, so Artway caters for this with a range of products. From the huge colour range of the Winsor & Newton Promarkers, available in handy sets or individually, to the large sizes of the Posca Acrylic Paint Markers, and many in-between.
There are a huge amount of drawing accessories available to assist your efforts, from the basics of the eraser and pencil sharpener (both available in many forms!) to more specialised equipment such as stencils or a french curve, both flexible and fixed.
(And however and whatever you create, don’t forget to share it with us! )