Sketchblog: Sci-Fi sketches and art supplies reviews
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Product Preview: Art Alternatives Leadholders and Drawing leads
Thanks Lisa! Just received the leadholders and drawing lead samples from Art Alternatives. Happy to report that my second translucent-body 2 mm leadholder is still going strong. So I am really looking forward to testing the other two Taiwanese clutch pencil models in the coming days.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the blister cards with 5.6 mm drawing lead refills, for they are not an easy size to find locally. They were made in China and measure 3-3/8" in length, so they are a good fit for stubby clutch pencils with shorter barrels like the E+M Workman and of course the Art Alternatives Clutch Pencil Art Tin set. E+M refills are a bit shorter, and the Cretacolor leads are a bit longer at 4-5/8". I have noticed that 5.6 mm drawing leads never seem to have any markings indicating their grades, brand, and country or origin. Thus it might good idea to save their packaging to retain that information. The graphite refills 4-pack included two 2B leads, one 4B, and one 6B lead. Their plastic clam shell is not glued, so it can be opened and closed at will to keep the leads protected when not in use. Though I would have liked a rigid plastic box or storage tube with a plug for greater protection against breakage. The leads themselves are pretty nice for bold sketching and shading. Being on the softer side of the graphite scale, they smudge easily as seen on the finger print marks on the right edge of the sketchbook page shown above. Good choice if your normal drawing pressure tends to snap and break thinner leads.
Alberto Lung ("Lung" being the Spanish-spelling for "Dragon" in Chinese) completed a Master of Science and worked in Food Safety/Brand Protection for a few years before returning to his artistic roots. As a self-taught artist combining a scientific academic background, a passion for archaeology and mythology, and some Manga inspiration, I currently design and teach cartoon-sketching workshops for children to promote their visual literacy and creativity. I often rely on speed-sketching demonstrations of ninjas and fantasy creatures to engage young audiences and introduce them to suitable art supplies to develop their drawing skills. Love to sketch Sci-Fi and action figure concepts (robots, ninjas, and monsters) while searching for cool art supplies.
Feel free to contact me if you need another opinion or advice on selecting your art supplies.