November 23, 2017
Stuck on gift ideas? We’ve got you covered.
With the holidays fast approaching, we asked each of the designers in our studio to find their top gift pick for an aspiring or confident illustrator/textile designer. If you’re struggling to find that perfect little treat, welcome to the gift list to end all gift lists.
The holidays are a busy time, so let us help you! We have linked each item to their corresponding Amazon page so getting through that to-do list is that much easier!
Longina Phillips, Managing Director
As an illustrator, it is really important to have a set of good-quality colours that you know will look beautiful. The Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry & Pearl Colour Set is a great set as it gives a gorgeous shimmery and shiny payoff.
Sara, Head of Design & Strategy
Colours are vital for any illustrator so it’s almost necessary to have a colour set that you trust and love. This Kuretake set is a great gift for someone who is looking to find a colour set with everything that they need.
Bec, Creative Director
Another essential part of an illustrator’s kit should be a great set of graphites. This Caran D’Ache Graphite Line Gift Box Set is perfect since it not only has actual graphite pieces but also 15 graphite pencils that range from light to dark. It’s got everything you could possibly need!
Charis, Senior Designer
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban on Audible
No one likes to work in silence, so why not add a little background noise while you work? I always love putting on Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban through Audible to keep my mind active while I work.
Winsor & Newton watercolours are some of the best on the market, we love them so much that they take up permanent residency in our studio! The Professional Water Color Compact Set is fantastic because you get such a great range of high pigmented colours for an affordable price.
Elsie, Junior Designer
These limited edition Caran d’Ache Exotic Pencils are a must-have for any artist who appreciates a tool made from such beautiful and one-of-a-kind materials. This set contains 4 pencils made from: Polychrome Sipo, Streaked White Birch, African Asamela and Grey Limba. We might have to grab a set for the studio!
Lilly, Junior Designer
An organised desk equals an organised mind. Keep your beautiful artworks clean and tidy with Studio Designs Flat File storage cabinet. The long and thin drawers keep your precious work organised into categories and away from potential disasters. A great idea to subtly tell someone to clean up!
Faber-Castell 8 PITT Artist Pens
These Faber-Castell 8 PITT Artist Pens are a fantastic set of felts for any illustrator. The large range of widths are great if you are looking to add some variance to your collection!
Diandra, Social Media Coordinator
Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms: Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers is a fantastic reference book for any aspiring or experienced illustrator with a love of flowers. From sketching and fabric swatches to creating mood boards and renderings – this book is a great keepsake that you can refer to time and time again!
Copic markers are a great addition to an artist’s kit! They are a fantastic way of adding colour to illustrations with a lot more control than gouache or watercolours provide. They’re a must-have for anyone who is colour obsessed!
Becky, Senior Designer
Need some inspiration? This huge collection of Roald Dahl books is a great way to help an illustrator be inspired. Flick through the countless pages of gorgeous illustrative art by Quentin Blakes and get inspired!
There is so much that can be done with a beautiful set of coloured pencils. From outlines to shadowing, coloured pencils definitely aren’t just for kids!
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