ssoptimist asked:

do you have any tips for sharpening watercolor pencils thanks

Kendyll Hillegas Answer:

Yes! Definitely. This is actually something that I’ve struggled with myself. For a long time I had used an electric sharpener for both watercolor and soft core pencils. It was convenient and seemed to do well with preventing breakage. But it was also eating up a lot of pencil, so I switched to a manual sharpener which began many torturous, frustrated months of breaking and wasting leads. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong, and sometimes would break the same pencil two or three times before successfully sharpening it. Then, I found this very informative and fabulously cheesy video. If you can get past her delivery, there are some excellent pointers on sharpening colored pencils. For me the most revolutionary was her suggestion to hold the pencil steady in your non-dominant hand, and twist the sharpener with your dominant hand. Many people (myself included) twist the pencil, which can cause breakage. I spent an hour on Wednesday sharpening all of my pencils (using this sharpener) and had exponentially less breakage than usual. Hope that helps. Good luck! 

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Anonymous asked:

Hey. Youre amazing. Can you please share what do you use to draw? Apart from watercolor pencils? Xx

Kendyll Hillegas Answer:

Sure! You can find a list of my materials (with links) here. There is also a video in which I talk awkwardly about my materials and use excessive hand gestures here. Annnd here are some descriptions of my process - basic process, in-depth process with photos (scroll down to about midway through the interview), color theory, emotions/motivation, scanning

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