|Derwent Black Book (A4 size)|
Derwent sent me one of their Black Books to review a while ago. I've been waiting a while to check out the impact of black paper on my coloured pencils. Below you can now read my review.
|Product: Derwent Black Book|
|Summary Review: This is a black paper sketchbook. The stiff 200gsm paper is suitable for dry rather than wet media. I very much liked the surface and it's easy to take an eraser to it without abrading the surface.|
In terms of colour, woodless pencils such as my set of Caran d'Ache Neocolour worked better than colours from a range of brands. Watersoluble pencils are useless on this paper as tints are totally invisible. Some colours sink into the paper or are distorted due to its colour. Others appear more muted.
In my opinion, it's a sketchbook which is very suitable for use with colours which retain brightness and saturation on this paper - which not all do (see colour charts). Having said that it's no worse than any other black paper. Selective use of certain colours will create images with impact.
|Technical Details: The Derwent Black Book is a black paper sketchbook. |
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|Manufacturer / Distributor: Cumberland Pencil Company (product page)|
Derwent have a small range of sketch books which contain stiffish black paper. Each sketchbook has 40 sheets of 200gsm black paper, which means it's a weight which makes it similar to thin card. There are a good range of sizes which offer an opportunity to do larger work.
I tried it with a range of coloured pencils from different brands and with Caran d'Ache Neocolour. I had a suspicion they might work better with wax crayons - and they do.
Of the charts below the first one is coloured pencils and the second one is neocolour. After that there are a couple of sketches made using (1) coloured pencils and (2) neocolor crayons.
|Coloured Pencils from various brands|
The next chart is of neocolor crayons which to my mind work a lot better.
|Chart of Neocolor II Aquarelle Artists' Crayons|
Now for the sketches to see how the colours work together on the paper. I would say that working on black paper means adapting to a new way of working where the darks are supplied largely by the paper.
First the sketch with coloured pencils. As you can see the whites look grey - and I tried several! hence why I ended up using the whitest white I know which is the White Pastel Pencil.
|Hertford Union Canal|
Coloured Pencils in Derwent Black Book
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Next a sketch using the necolor crayons. This I think demonstrates how well the paper works if you go with big shapes, bold colours, a calligraphic way of working - and again work back into it with an eraser to find the darkest darks
|Schönbrunn Park (after Klimt)|
Caran d'ache Neocolour in Derwent Black Book
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
The black paper is very nice - if you accept its limitations. Expect to see more experiments in the future!
Links: Watermarks - Schönbrunn Park - after Klimt