On Test: Lyra Rembrandt Pencils & Strathmore Toned Paper


In this blog post Joanna Farrow puts the Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal, Sketching & Art Specials pencil sets by way of their paces. Joanna used Strathmore Collection 400 Toned paper pads as her floor. Allows locate out how these merchandise executed.

The Lyra Rembrandt Pencil Sets

The contents of the three Lyra Rembrandt pencils sets are pictured.
The contents of the 3 Lyra Rembrandt pencils sets are pictured higher than. On the still left is the Art Specials Sketching set, in the centre is the Sketching established and on the proper the Charcoal set.

The wide range of drawing components contained in the Lyra Rembrandt sets and excellent of the Strathmore Toned pads delivers a good basis for experimental and completed artworks. They are appropriate for newcomers as perfectly as more knowledgeable artists, no matter whether for land and seascapes, however daily life, figure drawing or portraits. Lets appear at the sets in a lot more detail.

Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal Set

Joanna Farrow drawing using the Rembrandt Lyra Charcoal set on Strathmore Series 400 Grey Toned Paper
Joanna Farrow drawing utilizing the Rembrandt Lyra Charcoal established on Strathmore Series 400 Gray Toned Paper

The Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal established involves 12 assorted charcoal drawing resources and extras.

Difficult and smooth charcoal and carbon (a mixture of charcoal and graphite) pencils make this established perfect for all varieties of charcoal drawing.

The ‘paper blender’ offers a single way of smudging and smoothing charcoal and pastels around the paper. Use the tip for performing more than smaller sized parts or on its aspect for greater places. Make a comparable impact by applying your arms or a piece of fabric or kitchen towel.

Image of charcoal blended with a paper stump and lifted with a putty rubber.

The kneadable, or ‘putty’ eraser performs in the very same way as a common, stable eraser. Push or mould your putty rubber into unique designs for performing on scaled-down areas.  Use it to soften and blur parts and once blackened use it to make softer marks on the paper.

Produce diverse marks with the two measurements of charcoal sticks by functioning with them flat or on their edges.

Lyra Rembrandt Sketching Set

Carbon pencils used dry (left) on water misted paper (centre) and with water brushed over (right).
Carbon pencils applied dry (remaining) on drinking water misted paper (centre) and with h2o brushed more than (suitable).

The Lyra Rembrandt Sketching established includes an assortment of significant high quality sketching pencils and sticks.

The sketching set is great for exploring the traits of equally charcoal and oil based mostly pencils as very well as purely natural charcoal and black and sepia pastel sticks.

Experiment with combining the diverse finishes you can achieve. The charcoal stick and pastel blocks are good for shading, each faint and dim, although the pencils increase framework and kind.

Perform the challenging pastel stick onto water misted paper for deep, rich solid marks. Use the stick like a paintbrush to force the wetted pastel close to the paper. At the time the paper is dry, increase additional element onto the dried marks.

Lyra Rembrandt Artwork Specials Sketching Set

Image of the Art Specials set

The Lyra Rembrandt Artwork Specials Sketching Pencil set contains an assortment of substantial good quality drawing and sketching pencils.

This established is flawlessly intended for artists seeking to discover the features and utilizes of various varieties of pencils.

The two shades of oil sketching pencils present deep tones that really do not smudge or blend. They are thus great for outdoor sketchbook drawing when you may well not have entry to a fixative.

Carbon pencils, (combining charcoal and graphite) are significantly less ‘smudgy’ than a softer charcoal pencil.  They’re best for linear scientific tests, and you are capable to even now rub out and partly blend them.

Graphite Aquarell pencils have been used on dry and water misted paper.
Graphite Aquarell pencils have been applied on dry (on the still left) and drinking water misted paper (on the right)

Use Graphite Aquarell dry or soaked.  Consider drawing with them on to paper that you’ve sprayed with a water mist. Or use them dry and then brush with drinking water to produce a a little watercolour, inky end.

Use the sanguine and sepia dry pencils dry or like the aquarelle, with water.

The white pastel pencil has a dry, chalky texture that blends well with the charcoal and carbon pencils to make softer, grey tones.  Try layering white pastel more than charcoal and visa versa.

Strathmore Collection 400 Toned Pads

An image of a Strathmore Series 400 Toned Grey Pad with some Lyra Rembrandt pencils

Strathmore Toned pads are 118gsm Spiral Sure Sketchbooks. They are ideal for a vary of drawing and sketching tactics.

This colour paper is mid-toned, indicating that you do not need to have to render people middle values oneself. Utilise the medium tone of the paper to intentionally spot the darkest of shadows or the brightest of highlights. This strategy saves time and makes it possible for you to emphasise these dark and light value. For dramatic outcomes use this paper with the darkest graphite or charcoal and white or pale toned pencils, and seriously make your drawings pop!

The Examination Benefits

Image of Strathmore & Rembrandt Lyra products

All of the drawing sets supply ample gentle, medium and difficult qualified prospects to build a selection of marks and textures on the paper.  Personally I located the charcoal established the most suited to my drawing fashion as I use both equally charcoal and graphite pencils in my landscapes as very well as the sticks and blocks. The high-quality of both equally papers is good. Their mid tones supply a great foundation for introducing mild highlights and darkish marks that a white surface area does not offer. 

I identified the papers smooth and quick to layer contrasting tones over. The regions of the paper still left plain have been of sufficiently excellent quality and confirmed the texture of the paper. My individual desire is to use white paper for drawing but I can enjoy the benefits of the tonal papers, specifically as a draw for new artists.

So, by now you may have picked one particular of these pencil sets and are raring to go with a drawing! Make positive you check out out my site put up Top Ideas & Techniques For A Successful Drawing for some practical suggestions on making some terrific drawings.

Right after completing a great artwork diploma as a mature pupil, Joanna Farrow determined to concentrate on portray. She is effective the two in her household studio, as well as at workshops with other artists in purchase to inspire and develop her concepts and processes.  A good deal of Joanna’s get the job done is on canvas while her mediums are getting increasingly varied as she experiments with various blended media to enhance her scope of methods and competencies.  Joanna has exhibited at various art fairs and is represented by galleries in the South East.

Go to Joanna’s site below www.art.joannafarrow.co.british isles and keep up to day with her on instagram.

Joanna is using section in the South East Open Studio party in June 2022, obtain much more information listed here www.seos-art.org.


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