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10

VELOCITY

VOYAGE

CLAS S

Sketchout provides a variety of

one-day drawing workshops

that make use of the visual and

cultural wealth of London. Their

workshops all take place in

some of the city’s most beautiful,

inspiring and historic spots. If

you’re just starting out, or want

to get back into art after a long

break, try a ‘Fundamentals of

Drawing’ course at the V&A.

Owner Rosa Roberts, or one

of her small team of tutors, will

guide you through the basics in

an inspiring environment with

plenty of practical advice. Other

courses take place in the National

Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain.

WWW.SKETCHOUT.NET

PA I NT S

London artist Michael Harding

began making his own paints in

1982, inspired by the vibrancy

of Rembrandt’s paintings. Many

years later and his oil paints

are now recognised around

the world as some of the finest

available. They come at a

premium price, but you're paying

for the intensity of the colours

through the high pigment

loading and lack of fillers. They

are also all made by hand using

techniques which date back to

the days of the Old Masters,

ensuring incredible vibrancy and

durability.

WWW.MICHAELHARDING.CO.UK

BOOK

Drawing and

Painting:

Materials and

Techniques for

Contemporary

Artists

is bursting with practical

techniques, engaging artist

profiles and inspirational galleries.

The book’s up-to-date style is a

far cry from the dry instructions

and dated artwork that feature

in some of the more traditional

art books. Instead,

Drawing and

Painting

places the emphasis

on the techniques themselves,

encompassing drawing, sketching

and a range of painting styles

with specially-commissioned

photography and artwork to

accompany step-by-step guides

to the creative use of pen and ink,

oils and acrylics and even how

effects can be created using Smart

Pens, tablets and apps.

£24.95,

WWW.THAMESANDHUDSON.COM

TECH

Doodling on your iPad is a brilliant

way to get creative on the go. And

for those who like the feel and

control of a real paintbrush, the

Sensu is excellent. It’s actually two

very useful tools in one: a brush

and a stylus that works with all

capacitive devices like the iPad,

Surface tablet, and Galaxy Note.

When the brush is closed, the

rubber stylus is great as a general

navigation tool, then when you’re

ready to get creative, pull the nib

to reveal an artist’s brush. It has a

spring and responsiveness that

feels like real painting (without the

messy clean-up).

$39.99,

WWW.SENSUBRUSH.COM

B e a b e t t e r

WE LOVE

COMMIT TO A STYLISH COMMUTE

Lifestyle brand Vel-Oh are well loved for their practical and stylish

designs, but this three-in-one bag – which is handmade in Ireland using

British materials – has us head over heels. It was originally created

for those commuting by bicycle, incorporating four key principles;

waterproof, lightweight, stylish and versatile. But its appeal goes beyond

cyclists, thanks to straps that take it from backpack to tote bag or regular

carry bag, a capacity of 30 litres, neat pockets, leather panels and padded

15-inch laptop pouch.

£195,

WWW.VEL-OH.COM

YOU’RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE

Herb Lester Associates has come up trumps again with this pack of

playing cards-cum-personal translator, which makes learning a language

as simple as a game of snap. Playing cards have long been a traveller’s

best friend, and this illustrated deck goes one step further, offering a

useful English phrase along with its French and Spanish translations.

While the design evokes a golden age of travel, the phrases are 21st-

century ready, so you’ll have no problem asking for Wi-Fi or the nearest

ATM.

£12,

WWW.HERBLESTER.COM