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  • Cherry
    Hey hi hello! When I first got into coloured pencils in 2016, I spent SO LONG googling this, that and the other about what pencils, paper and sharpener was best. Hours and hours trawling through so much information and questioning artists, and then many pennies buying the stuff that was recommended to have a go myself. So to help out other aspiring coloured pencil artists, I’m going to do a quick list of things I use for every drawing, from paper to sharpener, fixative to erasers with links to purchase to make it easy peasy lemon squeezy! Some links will be affiliate links and will have – (aff link) – next to them, this means either I am a partner of the brand and/or that I make a little money if you buy an item through my link.   PAPER I use Stonehenge Fine Art Paper (aff link) which I buy continue reading...
  • Cherry
    I’m one of many, many small creative business owners who go to fetes and fairs, have market stalls and therefore get to interact with potential customers face to face (written before Corona became a thing). It’s really wonderful to have people come see your work in person, it’s fabulous to have some of those people go the extra mile to come tell us they love what we’ve made! …and then there are others who exclaim, loudly, “How much?!”, ha – and trust me I understand the reaction, so let me explain the why behind the price-tag. My coloured pencil work can take anywhere up to 20+ hours, all depending on size, colour and subject. It’s a labour intensive craft, there are no shortcuts – I can’t speed up the process (though I’m wildly skilled at slowing it down). But, who can sit and draw for 20 hours straight?! I’ve found continue reading...
  • Cherry
    The most common DMs and comments I get sent on my instagram page are always-always about what supplies I’m using. The top 3 things I get asked about are; what paper, which pencils and to a lesser extent – where did I get that sharpener! So I’m going to share it all with you on this blog, telling you all about the supplies I use daily – because, as you’re here reading this, I’m sure you know – finding this stuff out is SO time consuming and can get a little on the pricey side with all the experimenting and testing new papers and changing pencils or having to fork out almost £15 for a not-even-battery-powered sharpener… that’ll be a story for another time. Let’s start with the big one. Paper. I’ve tried more than I can count and yet that’ll only be a drop in the ocean of how continue reading...
  • Cherry
    This was the topic that pushed me to start this blog, every now and again I post the “questions” button on my instagram stories allowing anyone to ask me questions about me, my work, life or anything they like really. It always leads to a few good conversations and mutual learning! A vast majority of people voted for a post on starting your own business. Now, I wouldn’t say I am well versed or an expert at this, but I can share my own experiences and hopefully encourage you to take the leap just like I did. My example will be illustration business based just FYI. So… you’ve got your ‘thing’ down. You’re passionate and willing to work your butt off. 1. Make yourself ALL of the social media pages – get your business out there. Be seen, be heard. I started my Instagram account (@verycherryamber) in 2012 , I would continue reading...
  • Cherry
    Hey there! Welcome to my first blog post, I thought I’d open with a little bit of background about myself and my work so far. I’m Cherry (yes that is my real name – no, I’m not kidding!), born in the north of England and raised in the Derbyshire countryside in the misty, wet hills of Buxton and now residing in gorgeous Hertfordshire. I always loved art at school and being creative but had never considered it being a career, I’d started my art instagram page (@verycherryamber) in early 2012 and had been doodling on and off ever since – I had an affinity for drawing eyes to begin with, they were small and took a bit of time and focus, I remember practicing so much to get them looking realistic, I moved on to full face portraits in graphite and pen. Eye – April 2013   During 2013 I continue reading...
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