When I first started my pet portraiture work, I spent hour upon hour searching and researching what materials were the best, it was mostly very confusing! Eventually I managed to settle upon my staple equipment.

My coloured pencil pet portraits are created with professional, archival materials meaning they will last 80+ years if looked after correctly. The pencils are lightfast so the colours will not fade over that timeframe and will stay bright and lovely! The paper is acid-free, meaning it’s going to preserve the artwork and give longevity.

I use a number of different brands of pencils:

Caran d’Ache Luminance (76 set)

Faber Castell Polychromos (120 set)

Derwent Lightfast (72 set)

Caran d’Ache Pablo (120 set)


I like to experiment with lots of papers to find what works best for me and my style of drawing. Currently I am using Stonehenge Fine Art Paper in white, though I sometimes use Fabriano Artisco HP watercolour paper in white.

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