Drawing & Sketching

As an artistic endeavour, drawing is almost as old as mankind; people made rock and cave drawings since prehistoric times. By the 12th-13th centuries AD, monks were preparing illuminated manuscripts on vellum or parchment in monasteries and throughout Europe were using lead styli to draw lines for their writings and for the outlines for their illuminations. Soon artists generally were using silver to make drawings and underdrawings. When paper became generally available from the 14th century onwards, artists' drawings, both preparatory studies and finished works, became increasingly common. Today with a plethora of drawing instruments available, the possibilities are endless.

Pencils

  • Conte Sketching Pencils
    These round, wood-cased pencils have rich colors with an abrasive for easier stumping. They're excellent for portraits and landscapes. Sharpen them with a razor blade or knife. Pencils come pre-sharpened. ... more »
  • Tombow Professional Drawing Pencils
  • Prismacolor Turquoise Pencils Sets NZD $29.50
    Turquoise professional drawing pencils are pure and smooth in a variety of grades. The lead sharpens to a perfect point for a scratchless, glossy line in any weight. The pencils do not contain rainforest wood. Each set contains 12 pencils of varying grades. The soft grade Art Set is ideal for sketching and rough layouts and contains grades 9B through H. The medium grade Sketching Set is versatile for a variety of drawing and sketching techniques and contains grades 4B through 6H. ... more »
  • Conte Pierre Noire Pencils
    Carefully manufactured by skilled craftspeople, Pierre Noire pencils have a soft, smooth lead particularly well suited to drawing, sketching and outlining. Like all Conté pencils, they may be sharpened with a razor blade or knife.... more »
  • General's Carbon Sketch Pencil NZD $2.90
    General's Carbon Sketch pencils are smooth like graphite and black like charcoal. The perfect combination of charcoal and graphite. Made with genuine Incense Cedar wood.... more »
  • General's Layout Pencil NZD $1.70
    General's Layout pencils are extra smooth, extra black graphite. Ideal for outlining and sketching. Made with genuine Incense Cedar wood. General's Layout pencils have been used by animators since the 1930's.... more »

Pens & Markers

Charcoal

  • General's Pure Powdered Charcoal NZD $25.95 Out of Stock
    Cover large areas of a drawing or painting using powdered charcoal or graphite. Use charcoal for flat black coverage and graphite for satin finish coverage, saving the time and energy used working with charcoal sticks or pencils. Simply apply with fingers, a cloth, a chamois, etc. Available in 6 oz. jars.... more »
  • Nitram Baton & Mignonettes
    he Nitram Baton is a stylish charcoal holder for artists with a creative flair. It is an innovative drawing device designed to hold thin 4mm Nitram Mignonette charcoal sticks. It is light-weight, clean, easy to use and ideal for life drawing, plein aire and sketching. Each Baton comes with five Mignonettes. Refills are available in a package of seven Mignonettes.... more »
  • Nitram Fusains Charcoal
    Designed for students and demanding artists in search of deep, rich black tones, these Academie charcoal sticks are breakage-resistant, smooth, blend easily and provide a diverse range of tonal values. They are made using a proprietary old world manufacturing process that ensures consistency and reliability for artists of all proficiencies. Drawing instructors make Nitram a must for their students because it will not crumble or skip when used expressively unlike vine or willow charcoal sticks. Artists have also found that Nitram charcoal erases better and is easier to work than other charcoal brands. Grade B (soft) is soft, yet is still able to carry a point. Grade HB (medium) is ideal for homogenizing tones and retaining tonal detail. Grade H (hard) can be sharpened to an extra-fine point for creating fine detail, and its hardness makes lighter and mid-tones easier to attain. The square shape makes the stick easier to grip and is ideal for sanding a sharp edge for drawing fine line... more »
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Willow Charcoal NZD $6.40
  • Prismacolor Charcoal Sketching Set NZD $60.60
    Experimenting with sketching materials doesn’t have to be expensive! With its selection of popular charcoal sketching tools, this set allows beginning artists to experiment with a variety of media to determine their favorites. The Charcoal Sketching Set contains compressed charcoal; vine charcoal; soft, medium, hard and white charcoal pencils; sepia and sanguine pencils; an extra-large kneaded eraser, a magic rub eraser, a steel sharpener and a blending stump.... more »
  • Primo Charcoal Pencils
    Experience this exclusive rich, black and white, euro blend formula -the smooth charcoal can be used in combination with other drawing pencils or alone for dramatic effects. It's less dusty than many other charcoals.... more »

Crayons

Coloured Pencils

  • Faber-Castell Grip Watercolour Pencil Sets
  • Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Tin Sets
  • Faber-Castell Classic Colour Pencils Tin Sets
  • Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle
    Supracolor Soft Aquarelle pencils offer a huge range of water-soluble colour leads in 120 finely nuanced shades. Designed for every creative profession, the Supracolor Soft range offers a wide variety of applications thanks to intensely luminous colours and excellent covering power. While designed for large, broad works, the soft, large-diameter 3.8 mm leads are nevertheless extremely robust and display exemplary lightfastness, while their colour opacity and pigment quality ensures long-lasting use. Pencil drawings can thus be faded out, blended with fingertips, textured by rubbing the lead on a piece of sandpaper or used as watercolours. The body of the pencils is completely varnished and sheathed in a glossy colour corresponding to the colour of the lead. Supracolor Soft pencils are designed and manufactured in the Geneva workshops of Caran d’Ache according to the quality standards of the Swiss Made label and in line with eco-friendly standards a... more »
  • Caran d'Ache Prismalo Aquarelle NZD $2.90
    The first colour pencil with a water-soluble lead ever designed, Prismalo revolutionised the art of drawing and illustration from the moment it was invented in 1931 in the Caran d’Ache workshops. This marked the start of a long and successful story of colour, in which a straight line could now be freely transformed into a watercolour, breathing endless life into drawing. Prismalo colour pencils are appreciated internationally due to the quality of their leads, which are highly resistant and fine, as well as to the high pigment density of the 80 luminous hues composing the range. For decades, these exceptional colour pencils have been shining ambassadors for the Geneva-based Maison’s indomitable spirit of innovation as well as its expertise. They have achieved truly iconic status and magnified both the name of Caran d’Ache and the Swiss Made quality label. Captivated by these many virtues, designers, illustrators and budding artists can indulge themselves ... more »
  • Caran d'Ache Pablo NZD $3.50
    Designed by the Maison Caran d’Ache for artists and design enthusiasts, Pablo permanent pencils match the superior quality required for colour drawings, while the precision of Pablo leads is ideally suited to realist drawing. The dry, 3.8 mm diameter leads, based on a formula ensuring exceptionally high covering power and creating no powder whatsoever, offer one of the widest existing colour ranges with its 120 nuances. Artists, technical designers and professional teachers can rely on the exemplary lightfastness of the leads, as well as their perfect opacity. The covering power of Pablo colour pencils enables easy usage on a large number of backgrounds, ranging from variously textured paper and cardboard to wooden panels. Shaded, mixed and layered colours express themselves through the thick, velvety matter of permanent pencils. The bodies of the pencils are completely varnished and sealed with a shiny colour that corresponds to the colour of the ... more »

Erasers

  • Factis Pen Eraser Refills NZD $4.95
    Set of three latex-free refills for the Factis Pen Style Mechanical Eraser. Ideal for precise, fine line erasing. Soft, non abrasive plastic eraser.... more »
  • Factis Pen Eraser NZD $7.60
    This Pen Style eraser features a retractable holder and a latex-free eraser. Ideal for precise, fine detailed erasing. Soft, non abrasive plastic eraser.... more »
  • Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil Soft Pink 7056 NZD $2.60
    The quality of an eraser and using the correct eraser are crucial for optimum results. Basically, two different materials are used to make erasers: rubber and plastic. All rubber erasers and the majority of the plastic erasers made by Faber-Castell are PVC-free. Faber-Castell PVC-Free erasers do not contain harmful phthalate plasticizer. Phthalates have been reported to cause several undesirable effects when exposed to the human body. The balanced plastic mixture guarantees soft and smear-free erasing. Red soft eraser for graphite ideal for fine point erasing Latex-free... more »
  • Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil Hard White 7058 NZD $2.60
    The quality of an eraser and using the correct eraser are crucial for optimum results. Basically, two different materials are used to make erasers: rubber and plastic. All rubber erasers and the majority of the plastic erasers made by Faber-Castell are PVC-free. Faber-Castell PVC-Free erasers do not contain harmful phthalate plasticizer. Phthalates have been reported to cause several undesirable effects when exposed to the human body. The balanced plastic mixture guarantees soft and smear-free erasing. PERFECTION 7058 eraser pencil for precision erasing White, hard eraser leads for ink, India ink and ballpoint pens Latex-free... more »
  • Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush 7058B NZD $4.30
    The quality of an eraser and using the correct eraser are crucial for optimum results. Basically, two different materials are used to make erasers: rubber and plastic. All rubber erasers and the majority of the plastic erasers made by Faber-Castell are PVC-free. Faber-Castell PVC-Free erasers do not contain harmful phthalate plasticizer. Phthalates have been reported to cause several undesirable effects when exposed to the human body. The balanced plastic mixture guarantees soft and smear-free erasing. PERFECTION 7058 B eraser pencil for precision erasing White, hard eraser leads for ink, India ink and ballpoint pens With brush for cleaning up eraser residue Latex-free... more »
  • Factis Magic Black Eraser NZD $2.80
    Magic Black Soft Erasers are latex free erasers for charcoal and pastel. They are soft and gentle on fine paper, yet strong enough to erase straight and fine lines. Erase marks on fine art work, watercolor papers, textured papers and memory book pages.... more »

Sharpeners

Sketchbooks

  • Zeta Series Premium Sketchbooks
    Available in both hardbound and wirebound formats, these sketchbooks contain multiple sheets of heavyweight (180 lb, 270 gsm), white multimedia paper. Internal and surface sizing enhance the paper's wet strength to accept multiple wet media washes, and its smooth surface assures exceptional line control for pen-and-ink and a full range of dry media. The hardbound sketchbooks contain 26 sheets (52 pages) of paper. The wirebound sketchbooks contain 25 sheets (50 pages) of paper.... more »
  • Daler-Rowney Bluewave Hardback Sketch Book A4 NZD $31.40
    62 sheets 150gsm. Portrait, acid-free.... more »
  • Strathmore Series 400 Softcover Toned Sketchbooks
    The toned sketch paper inside these softcover journals is ideal for both light and dark media including graphite pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, soft pastel and oil pastel. The soft and smooth, matte dark-chocolate brown cover gives the journals a sophisticated look. The smyth-sewn binding allows the journals to open wide and lay flat. There are 112 pages of 80 lb. (118gsm) medium surface gray or tan toned sketch paper in each journal. They contain 30% post-consumer fiber, are acid-free and made in the U.S.A.... more »
  • Gamma Series Premium Sketch Books
    These hard-cover sketch books feature high performance, pH neutral, lignin- and chloride-free paper that is milled from pulp with an alpha cellulose content that exceeds 87%. The heavy-weight 100 lb. paper has a toothy, ivory vellum surface with superb erasure characteristics and is suitable for all dry media. With both internal and surface sizing, it will accept light washes as well. The covers are made with extra heavy-weight binders' board that is super tough and resistant to warpage. The hard-bound books contain 62 sheets and the wire-bound books have 50 sheets. Bound in the USA.... more »
  • Epsilon Series Premium Sketch Books
    These hard-cover sketch books feature high performance, pH neutral, lignin- and chloride-free paper that is milled from pulp with an alpha cellulose content that exceeds 87%. The heavy-weight 100 lb. paper has a natural white plate surface that is finely calendered and is suitable for line drawings with pen and ink without feathering. The covers are made with extra heavy-weight binders' board that is super tough and resistant to warpage. The hard-bound books contain 62 sheets and the wire-bound books have 50 sheets. Bound in the USA.... more »
  • Delta Series Premium Sketch Books
    These hard-cover sketch books feature high performance, pH neutral, lignin- and chloride-free paper that is milled from pulp with an alpha cellulose content that exceeds 87%. The heavy-weight 180 lb. paper has a rough ivory surface with enhanced wet and tear strength making it is suitable for multi-media renderings. The covers are made with extra heavy-weight binders' board that is super tough and resistant to warpage. Bound in the USA.... more »

Inks

  • Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink Muted Collection
    This is the first time Liquitex has introduced a color collection! These unique tones have been inspired by current trends. Each color has a muted, subtle character and together are a tonal palette. Grey, Pink, Turquoise, Green and Violet: get to grips with perfect color matching and intermixability. Our Ink, Soft Body and Heavy Body work seamlessly together. We get technical so you can get creative. Re-think ink! These professional grade acrylic inks are extremely fluid so there is no need to dilute for use. They are fast drying, water resistant, non-clogging and permanent. Superfine pigments are suspended in a state-of-the-art acrylic emulsion to provide rich color. All inks are intermixable with the other Liquitex acrylics and mediums. Available in opaque and transparent colors in dropper bottles.... more »
  • Manuscript Calligraphy Cartridges Black (30) NZD $12.00
  • Manuscript Calligraphy Cartridges Black (30) NZD $12.00
  • Manuscript Calligraphy Cartridges Black (30) NZD $1,200.00
  • Liquitex Transparent Ink Set of 3 NZD $51.95
    Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! is a range of extremely fluid acrylic paints that use super-fine pigments in a state-of-the-art acrylic emulsion. They dry quickly, are permanent, water resistant and non-clogging, which makes them ideal for a variety of techniques; from watercolour effects to stamping. Contains: Transparent Burnt Sienna 30ml Transparent Burnt Umber 30ml Transparent Raw Sienna 30ml ... more »
  • Liquitex Iridescent Ink Set of 3 NZD $51.95
    Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink! is a range of extremely fluid acrylic paints that use super-fine pigments in a state-of-the-art acrylic emulsion. They dry quickly, are permanent, water resistant and non-clogging, which makes them ideal for a variety of techniques; from watercolour effects to stamping. Contains: Iridescent Bright Gold 30ml Iridescent Bright Silver 30ml Iridescent Rich Copper 30ml ... more »

Leads

Nibs & Holders

Sets

Misc.

  • Koh-I-Noor Pencil Extender NZD $10.20
    A universal pencil lengthener for both round and hexagon pencils. Nickel plated ferrule with sliding ring for holding the pencil securely. Allows you to use your pencils almost right up to the eraser end. Made with a wooden barrel.... more »
  • Dr Martin's Bombay Pen Cleaner NZD $8.00
    A non-toxic, non-hazardous cleaner for use on pens and permanent ink. In a 2 oz. plastic bottle.... more »
  • Paper Stumps & Tortillons Assorted Pack NZD $8.30
    Double-ended, pointed and made from soft, gray paper felt, stumps are excellent for blending and smoothing pastels, charcoal, graphite or any other dry media. More abrasive than stumps, the tortillons are excellent for rapid, thin blending on pencil, charcoal or pastel drawings. They are comprised of spiral-wound rolled paper and are single-ended. Both are easily sharpened with a sandpaper block. This 10-piece set includes six tortillons and four stumps in mixed sizes.... more »
  • Drawing Boards
    These portable, multifunctional tote boards are great for both indoor or outdoor sketching and painting. They feature sturdy, low-profile Grip Clips, an easy-carry cutout handle and a heavy-duty rubber band to keep pad or paper in position. Made of untempered MDF.... more »
  • ArtGraf Water-soluble XL Graphite Stick NZD $62.80
    This large 250g handmade graphite stick is intended for use on large-scale projects. It contains blended graphite and binders allowing it to be used dry for drawing. It can be used dry or wet and allows artists to achieve a wide range of washes and graphite grays ranging from the deepest blacks to more subtle, transparent grays. The graphite is erasable once dry and is great for adding texture and depth to sketches and watercolor paintings.... more »
  • ArtGraf Water-soluble Graphite NZD $28.95 Out of Stock
    Water-soluble graphite packed in a tin for ready use with a wet brush. It can be used dry or wet and allows artists to achieve a wide range of washes and graphite grays ranging from the deepest blacks to more subtle, transparent grays. It is erasable once dry and is great for adding texture and depth to sketches and watercolor paintings.... more »

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