Testing Arteza Art Supplies

Arteza testing, sema martin pet portrait artist

This blog is about my test of an art brand called Arteza You may have heard of them. They had kindly enough sent me two of their products to try out and evaluate. Their 100 sheet premium sketch A4 sketch book and their tin of 48 expert colored pencils. There will be links to buy them below if you would also like to test them out.

On initial inspection of the products the paper is lovely and smooth with a small tooth. Not as smooth as the paper I currently use for my professional work but it is perfect for practise and sketching. There are a surprising amount of very useful colours in the selection tin. Many greens and browns that are very useful for animal fur. Now its time to try them out and see how they feel. 

I started out by just drawing a cat eye for my test of Arteza colored pencil and paper products. They are a waxed based pencil and therefore quite soft and great for blending. The tooth of the paper can hold around 3 layers of pencil which is quite good considering it does feel thin. I really love the brightness of these colours. The greens have really popped which is what you want when you are drawing dramatic eye colours. It is hard to layer light colours over dark, the pencil becomes muddy. But having said that the white pencil is actually very good at little highlights over the black, especially when very sharp. 

Here is my finished test drawing for the Arteza colour pencil brand and sketch book. I did really like the paper. It is smooth and can take a good amount of layering. The sketch book comes as a pack of two so its defiantly worth the money I think. I really liked the selection of coloured pencils but I did find it a little hard to layer the fur without the colours going muddy. They were perfect for blending like in the eye and nose area though. Try them out and let me know what you think! 


Sema Martin Pet Portrait Artist

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Sema Martin and I am a realism pet portrait artist based in Wales, UK.  I specialise in colour pencil as a medium and have created many pet portraits for customers in Wales drawing from their reference photo sent to me by email. The high-quality brand of colour pencils used is a mixture of Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'ache Luminance on extra smooth Bristol Board paper.