Book Review: Legendary Landscapes with Coloured Examples. :)

Canadians have got amazing art cred!  I say this from a position of knowledge because I have in front of me a simply amazing colouring book called ‘Legendary Landscapes’ the brain child of Witek Radomski and Carrie Wong.  This book, published in Vancouver by Colorworth Publishing Incorporated, was originally crowd funded through Kickstarter as is their second book Legendary Worlds which I also plan to review in the future.

Legendary Landscapes features 80 pictures from seven Canadian artists; the books creators Witek Radomski and Carrie Wong as well as Al Sayers, Kamala Melzack, Adrienna Drozdowski, illustrator and graffiti artist ‘Ratbath’ and one other contributor who has chosen to remain anonymous.  Each page has a thumbnail in the back of the book stating the artist behind it.  The overwhelming majority of the pictures are single sided but there is a handful of two page spreads.

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Another outstanding feature of this book is it’s size.  It’s big.  It is a full 30cm by 30cm (12 x 12 inches). For comparison ‘Secret garden’ is 25cm x25cm or 10 x 10 inches.  The pages are printed on lovely thick bright white paper with a good tooth despite the smooth feeling surface and the print quality is very high.  There are 6 sewn signatures glue bound into the spine.  The cover is soft but sturdy.  This book will not fall apart easily, which is just as well because you are going to need a little forceful persuasion to get the pages to lie almost flat when you first start colouring in them.

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This book features are large variety of subjects around the central theme of landscapes.  You will find forests, woodlands, farmland, urban areas, space exploration as well as pure fantasy settings, each theme loosely set out amongst its like.  there is a variety of different line art styles from thin to thick.  Something for everyone.

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I particularly love this one. 🙂

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Of course i have had a play in this book already to test the paper and also because those pictures are just begging to be coloured. 🙂  My first picture was the Salmon jumping in the sunset that i have posted previously.  I’ll add it again to the end of this post just to be complete. 🙂  This one I broke out my prismacolors and gave them an airing and they did very well.  A pleasure to colour on this paper.

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The next picture I chose to do was this desert scene with an Aurora Borealis casting coloured light down from above onto a mother and calf musk ox.  I decided to colour it with Tombow markers to test the claim that this paper does not bleed through.  I can happily report that this is true!  Despite my dark intense colouring there is no bleed through at all using water based markers.  (Note that alcohol based markers will bleed through as they bleed through most paper.)  I used the method of creating an under layer of colouring with Faber Castell Classic pencils and colouring with the markers over the top as I have discovered that I can get a smoother finish using this method. Note that the bright colours on the rocks are Classic pencils alone… as you can see they do quite well on this paper just by themselves.  After colouring i went over the piece with Prismacolor pencils to bring out the highlights and shading and to add more interest to the colours.  I found this method of colouring quite a bit quicker then my usual method of using coloured pencils only and resulted in much brighter, intense looking colours. I deliberately kept the colouring loose and ‘scruffy’ looking.

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Next I tackled the tiger picture.  this time i wanted to give the paper a real workout using water based media.  The majority of this picture was completed with Inktense pencils with coloured pencils (Prismacolors and Caran D’Ache Luminance) used to intensify shadows, bring out highlights and add more interest to the picture.  I also used a mica infused watercolour paint called ‘Twinkling H20’s for the orange on the tiger and Caran D’Ache Neocolor II watercolor pastels for the blue sky and planet.  Sparkles were added with a Uniball Signo white gel pen.

I found the the media rendered lovely results but there were a few issues.  This paper is not watercolour paper and unfortunately there was a small amount of bleed through with very wet media.  The orange bleed through the most but it wasn’t super severe.  The Inktense bleed through only if i used a lot of water and only a little.  The Neocolors did not bleed through at all.  The paper is very thirsty and sucked the pigment very quickly into it giving me only a second or two with the Inktense to spread it around… the Magical City (Australian print) is much more Inktense friendly and gives me a little longer to play before locking the pigment down.  Also, I found I needed a thicker layer of Inktense than i would normally use to get the same density of colour.  And of course there is a small amount of buckling with the paper.  but nothing that happened would stop me from happily and successfully colouring the image on the other side of the page and overall I’ll be using Inktense and other wet media in this book, abeit with care.

Overall… I love this book.  it is right up my alley with the theme of the pictures.  i loved it so much I joined the Kickstarter for the second book Legendary Worlds and own a copy with even more fantastic pictures in it which I am keen to start going crazy with with my colouring media.  And yes I will be after a copy of the next legendary book which is currently in production.  If you like big bold beautiful landscapes to loose yourself in colouring wise I recommend this book whole heartedly.

If this book interests you then you can find more information and where to purchase it here at the Colorworth web site:

http://colorworth.com/

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43 Comments

  1. Cindy

    You are amazing, Peta, thanks for this!

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  2. Melvina Grose

    LIVE IT PETA! I also have added this to my wish list. I love what you do to any picture you do. You are a lovely and amazing artist. I just adore your work and inspiration for me to keep practicing in my Coloring. 🙂

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  3. Melissa Egan

    Beautiful! Will add this book to my very long wish list! Would like to know if you are going to show how to use twinkling H2Os. May strat adding some of them to my collection ?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I’m just learning myself. if i ever get confident with them I’ll make a tutorial.

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  4. Monika

    Great review, like always. Those pictures are awesome, thanks for sharing.

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  5. BigT

    What great work! The book’s artist’s and yours.

    I ordered the book on the strength of the salmon picture in your initial blog about it and now I’m even more interested. Fortunately for me and my limited patience I’ve been notified that it’s on its way to me. I’ve already completely run over my arts and crafts budget for the month, so I’ll have to hold off on Legendary Worlds until next month. I’m looking forward to your review on that.

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  6. Reva S.

    Hi Peta,
    What a great review and your coloring of the landscapes are unique and truly yours. Beatiful! I just finished watching your video of the third part of your tutorial of Paris in The Magic City. I believe you have me sold on the Inktense pencils. I did not think they were for me, I had been thinking about watercolor pencils because I love the translucent quality. But if I get the Inktense and they are not translucent enough, I guess I will also get watercolor pencils as well because the Inktense have me fascinated.
    I want to congratulate you on now having 1000 subscribers!
    I also must tell you I had a great delivery! The pencils I ordered that have almost the same name as my high school arrived. Big T gave them a very good review. Add to that they are just beautiful! The finish is first rate, gold lettering, and the colors are prnited in gold on the pencils. They are the same as the Dick Blick so I can add individuals if I need them. The name on my pencils and the tin also, is Utrecht. That is a place in Holland. And in America many places are named for places in Europe where there is a connection. The pencils are Utrecht, and my xhool was New Utrecht. I am so pleased with them and I look forward to coloring with them when some books arrive.
    I feel so lucky that I found you through youtube, you are such a wonderful and gifted artist and person!
    All the best,
    Reva

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      1000. Wow. Thanks for the heads up. That’s marvelous! I have never heard of those pencils. I had a look online but I couldn’t see much about them.

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  7. Reva S.

    Big T,
    I just wrote to Peta and told her my Utrecht pencils arrived, among other things. Feel free to read my message. The pencils are beautifully made and your review of them gives me a good apprais of them. Thanks again.
    Reva

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    1. BigT

      Hi Reva,

      I really like my Blicks, I hope you do too. I’ve pretty much given up buying pencils that I can’t get as open stock afterward because there are always several colors in a set that I use up faster than the others. I can never justify to myself buying a whole new set just to get half a dozen colors. I really use up the browns and cream from the Blick set pretty fast.

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  8. Reva S.

    Hi,
    Thanks for your additional review on the Blick pencils. I keep geeting tempted about other sets, but then I calm down. I have started looking at sharpeners. I myself would like to get the Uni which is made by mitsubishi. BUT it does not take large pencils. However the X Acto Ranger 55 does. The customer reviews on Amazon are good for both. There are hand crank sharpeners and have the grinder that Peta talked about on the Staedtler. That sharpener was very expensive, much more than the two I mentioned. And it seems they are cancelling it. As to smaller sharpeners, I have heard that the KUM two hole sharpeners which are small and not expensive should be good for what you need. They have two hole sizes. Check them out also. Amazon has all the ones I mentioned.
    Good luck with this,
    Reva

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    1. BigT

      Hi Reva,

      I use the Kum long point sharpener, it’s my favorite. But it works best on my Prismacolor premiers and Lyra polycolors. The Derwent Coloursoft and the Faber Castell Polychromos work better for me in the Staedtler two-hole barrel sharpeners that I have. I’m still very undecided about getting a sharpener similar to the one Peta reviewed. I rarely get pencil breakage while sharpening, unless I get a pencil that’s got a bad core throughout, which no sharpener will help.

      BigT

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      1. Melissa Kyzar

        I may try that sharpener. I have both prismas and lyra polycolors and sharpen very carefully!! I have a staedtler sharpener (the plain variety also shown off by Johanna in her sharpener video) but I didn’t even try it on the prismas. I broke a lead in it on a Derwent Artist pencil so since then I’ve used a prismacolor sharpener. But I haven’t tried any others yet. I’d like something more compact that I can put in my travel pouch for my sketchbook if anyone has ideas. The best would be one without a catch area to keep it small and not take up much space in my bag.

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  9. Kim

    Hello Pita, I would like to thank you for your amazing tutorials. They are the closest thing to a personal ‘coloring’ trainer, and I learn everytime I watch a video. Can you please do a tutorial on how to color a mushroom? I have seen yours during your book reviews and they are fantastic. I am in the US and just recieved my Dagdrömmar from Sweden, so many mushrooms and I want to do them justice?
    Thank You!!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I can do that. I’ll include it on colouring the lady snake charmer in Dagdrommar. It may be a few weeks though, my husband in banked up with videos to edit.

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  10. Lana

    What a gorgeous pictures! Thank you so much, Peta! Seeing your amazing works always makes me happy and uplifts my mood a lot.

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  11. Becky Rigdon

    Absolutely gorgeous colors! Your in depth reviews are very appreciated. Great learning tool in choosing art media along with how to choose the right coloring books. Love your work and your inspirational enthusiasm! Thank you so much.

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  12. Melissa Kyzar

    Hi, Peta! You mentioned the neocolor ii watercolor crayons. I’ve been looking into trying a water soluble pastel but those were super pricey. How do you like them? Do you know of any more beginner options that are similar to decide if I like them enough to invest? I also wondered at the value of the 40 color palette in neocolor ii because those are more reasonable if investing. Amazon has them for about $65 (US) but I’m always afraid there’s a poor color selection! I like to own all the colors but I know it isn’t actually necessary! And while picking your brain, any thought on oil pastels? I’ve played with kids ones that weren’t bad but not sure if you play with those in your own art adventures and might have a suggestion there. My lovely Magical City arrived this weekend but alas I had no time to play with it yet. Can’t wait to break out my Inktense!

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      hi Melissa. I’m afraid I’m not going to be much help here. I bought the Neocolor II’s because of their excellent reputation and I wanted to get one set only so i made it the best i could find. I bought the 15 count tin and have added more individually as time went on. I fortunately have an art shop that keeps them as open stock though they are a bit pricey. The 40 count is an excellent way to go. I felt the colour selection is very good. If you feel there are a few you can’t do without that aren’t in the set you can supplement with open stock. Oil pastels are like oil paints to me, an unknown universe. Sorry.

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      1. Melissa Kyzar

        Thanks! I may go for the Neocolor II’s eventually. I love anything water soluble! And I do some art outside of coloring books so it would be fun to play with in general. I’m not in your league with coloring details, but learning so much! And some of that transfers to my sketchbook too!

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    2. BigT

      Hi Melissa,

      I hope Peta doesn’t mind me jumping in on this. Look for Reeves brand water soluble wax pastels. A set of 48 was very reasonably priced when I bought them. They are better than decent quality, though not up to the standard of the Neocolor II.

      Oil pastels can be problematic. Like oil paints, they never really dry completely. And, the better the quality, the more like oil paints they are. If you use them in a coloring book they will remain smeary for longer than you can imagine, or tolerate. You would need to put a protective leaf over each page you used them on. Ordinary kitchen waxed paper works best for that. There is no reliable fixative for them that I know of. Also, the oil base will eventually degrade unprimed paper. It may take longer than you would care about, but it will happen.

      I hope this helps.

      BigT

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      1. Melissa Kyzar

        Thanks! I may give those a try before springing for the Neocolor IIs. I love all things watercolor. Eventually I’ll spring for the Albrecht Durer pencils (I do have some Art Grip Aquarelles that are quite nice). Right now I’m going to just get a few for supplementing Inktense. And the watercolor crayon idea appeals for the same uses as the pencils.

        For the oil based there are some that are water soluble that I find interesting. Portfolio by Crayola is supposed to be fun and soft. Soft so you can smoosh them around but also water soluble. But it wouldn’t be in a coloring book. More likely mixed media paper or mixed media journal. Just like picking everyone’s brains on starter sets because art supplies are a big investment if you end up not liking a particular form! I do think I would enjoy playing with the very soft oil pastels – water soluble or not. Kind of like finger painting – you can get your hands dirty and play with your art! I already do some watercolor but it’s all brush work. I want to play with my paint! LOL! 🙂

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        1. BigT

          Hi Melissa,

          The Portfolios are nice. I have a set. I usually use them on 140 lb. (that’s 300gsm for metric users) gesso primed watercolor paper. I splurged during a sale a few years ago and got a few Strathmore watercolor visual journals. The interesting thing about those Strathmore journals is that alcohol markers do not bleed through, if you’re not too heavy handed with them. Even Sharpies (which will pretty much bleed through brick) only produce a faint shadow on the next journal page.

          People are going to start wondering why I seem to have every art supply in the known universe. I started buying art stuff as a child when I had to pay for things out of the tiny weekly allowance my parents gave me. For my own sanity, I’m just not going to mention how many years ago that was.

          BigT

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          1. Samantha G.

            Hi Peta,
            Would you please think about maybe doing a quickie tutorial on gesso? Thanks for all you do for us! I have learned so much!

          2. Melissa Kyzar

            Lol! Hey, I have tons of art supplies and I am not a professional artist. I just like to try new media. Hence the pastels. I love those journals. I have some mixed media visual journals and my local craft store just started carrying the watercolor ones – yay!! I just got the Inktense pencils so I can only play with cheap pastels for now. Especially since I picked up some new watercolor paint colors to try recently. My husband thinks I’m nutty with all my art stuff but then he wants one of my little test drawings for his office so I guess I’m not completely devoid of talent. My brother is the actual artist in the family. As in full scholarship to one of the best art schools in the US. I’m just a hobby dabbler but it’s a lot of fun!

        2. BigT

          For Melissa and everyone else,

          A person who uses any kind of materials with joy and to create beauty is an artist. Art is in the heart.

          BigT

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          1. Chaypeta (Post author)

            🙂

          2. Melissa Kyzar

            Agreed! And I get to count my knitting and jewelry making under that definition too! 🙂 Actually I felt very much the artist last night when I did a quick simple sketch of two macaws from a photo and loosely scribble colored them in with watercolor pencils then activated them with my water brush. They look very cool! I’m thinking of finishing the background, adding some tropical leaves and framing it. I used my watercolor paper so it’s nice and sturdy for framing. I had received a free sample of the AquaBlend Primaries watercolor pencils in the mail yesterday and that seemed the most appropriate way to test them out. It was a good Mail Day for me! Of course, as they expected, now I want the rest of the sets! LOL!

  13. BigT

    Hello Peta,

    Happy, happy, happy…my copy of the book just arrived. Every page is so wonderful, I can’t decide where to start.

    I just can’t thank you enough for your wonderful work on all the great book reviews and tutorials.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      You are going to have so much fun with this book. 🙂

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  14. Tracy Delphia

    Ooooohhhhh….no video review of this one? (I know, you might actually want a LIFE outside doing Youtube videos! lol). You gave us a good sample, I’m hoping Seattle’s proximity to Canada might mean I can find this at a local bookstore to check out all the pics. I’ve got so many coloring books now that it’s getting harder to justify adding to my collection when I am pretty sure I won’t live to be 259 so that I can color everything in 😉

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      The Video is coming very soon

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      1. Tracy

        Woo-hoo!

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        1. Chaypeta (Post author)

          We have it filmed. My husband who does all the video editing is a bit snowed under with some complex videos that are next in line. it will go up in soon.

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  15. Reva S.

    HI Peta, I just read your messzge about the Ureecht pencils. Here is the info. Utrecht has a rather long history in the Art supply business. I remember them in Brooklyn when I was a child. At some point they seem to have partnered up with Dick Blick … not sure if partner is the right word. But they are linked up. I do not know if they both had their pencils made at the same time, but they went to great lengths to get as much information as they could to bring out really fine pencis. They say that the pencils are exactly the same. Utrecht is now selling out the last of theirs, they have a few sets of 36 left. That is what I bought. And I can fill in colors I will want because both Blick and Utrecht sell open stock. I will say this, depsite the core and inside of the pencils, the Utrecht are much more beautiful on the outside. The finish on the wood is excellent, as are the Blicks, but all the printing on the Utrecht is in gold. |And the color names are on both sets of pencils. However if I remember correctly the printing on the Blicks is white. The utrecht pencils are capped on top very nicely and the Blicks are like the Prismacolors with nothing on top. The Blicks do look like the Prismas. But they designed the pencils so that when you buy individual pencils they are marked that you can sharpen vrom either end. I open the tin at least five times a day and look at them, because I want to wait until I receive my first book to try them. And after Big T’s reviews of the Blicks I am looking forward to enjoying these pencils.
    Utrecht is on the web and if you google them you can get the web address. They have several locations for their stores, and Blick is a very big art supply company with many locations. The pencils are only sold through their stores, both Blick and Utrecht. The last of the Utrecht pencils are only through Utrecht. Hope this has helped. The sale on the Utrecht sets is great, they are very reasonable. And the regular prices on the Blicks are also priced very well for the buyers. Well, that is all I can tell you now.
    Best,
    Reva

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  16. BigT

    Hi again Peta,

    This is turning out to be one great week. Today my copy of Magical City arrived in the mail. I think I’m going to have to stick to colored pencils though. I really dislike buckling paper and got more buckle than I can tolerate when I tested the Inktense in the back of the book.

    BigT

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    1. Melissa Kyzar

      I received mine recently too and haven’t tested it yet. Where was yours printed so I know if I should expect similar problems? I am willing to deal with a decent amount of buckling but I may want a second copy so I don’t do both sides of the pages. I LOVE Inktense. And watercolor pencils in general now that I tried my free one set of AquaBlends. Since I have only the Primaries, my colors are limited to reds, yellows, blues and greens. But managed a reddish brown for the branch I put my macaws on.

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  17. Lo Kelly

    Oh wow
    How you can bring black and white to life is just fabulous to see.Thanks so much Peta in helping those of us who don’t have your expertise but I’m certainly learning.

    I have Derwents in 4 mediums, Polychromos which are fabulous, Raffino, Micador and Smiggle – not my favourite – along with metallics and now I have a few prismacolors which are also fabulous like my Inktense and Polychromos. The difference in all pencils are just wonderful when colouring in different pictures.
    Buying just a few at a time is a great idea to build on colours you love colouring with.
    I’m just loving it all and am fortunate that family now know what to buy me for birthdays and Xmas.Never enough pencils or colouring books in my house 🙂

    I also found the Trans pencil case great and the book type cases extremely handy and great for travelling and do not take up the whole dining room table when colouring in.

    Cheers and thanks
    Lo

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  18. Reva S.

    Hi Peta,
    Here is the link to Utrecht Art Supplies: http://www.utrechdtart.com.As I said, they have some sets of 36 left, and they do ship internationally.BUT it is not free shipping. IF you Google Utrecht colored pencils you will find some info at some sites but the pencils are discontinued now. However, since they are the same as the Blick Studio pencils if you get in touch with Dick Blick and tell him of your interest in his pencils, he might send you a sample set to review. I plan to buy some additional pencils, the Blick ones to fill in the colors I want.
    I see lots of changes for your listings and where things are so I guess you are getting ready to put up some of those videos you mentioned. I am really looking forward to seeing them!
    All the best,
    Reva

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Thanks, Reva, for the links. I’ll go have a look. We have a number of videos lined up for release over the next few weeks. 🙂

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  19. Rebecca

    You note the use of your Luminance pencils. I’m wondering how different they are from the Polychromos I’ve heard you say you love. I got Polychromos based on your review and they are great. So I was wondering if you will be reviewing Luminance. Because of the cost I’m waiting to buy them. Are they really worth it?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Rebecca, Another eight pencil video will be out soon in which I review Luminance pencils. I’ll announce here when it goes live.

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      1. Rebecca

        Wonderful, thank you!

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