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Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: lazydays
Date: April 26, 2012 01:11PM
My twelve year old loves to draw. Her birthday is coming up so it is gift time. I'm thinking a drawing tablet with colored pencils? Seems kind of basic though. Suggestions?
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 26, 2012 01:29PM
Budget? Cause you could easily have a big one.

Crayola has some decent erasable colored pencils -- but i would throw in pastels, conte crayons, regular black pencils in various hardnesses, stencils, french curves -- and a nice pencil sharpener.



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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 26, 2012 01:34PM
A gift? Tell them to try something else b/c you certainly don't want to end up with a career in art.




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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 26, 2012 01:36PM
How about a Spirograph? smiling smiley
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: billb
Date: April 26, 2012 01:49PM
dabbled in charcoal yet ?
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: lost in space
Date: April 26, 2012 01:56PM
One of those lap desks with a lid to keep paper and pencils?

Book on how to draw horses, animals, people, landscapes, whatever her interests. We got our son one years ago and now, at 12, he's a master at drawing zombies, Batman, Transformers, etc. Best thing is, he developed his own style, so his drawings don't look photographic or generic.
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: rz
Date: April 26, 2012 02:12PM
an iPad
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: $tevie
Date: April 26, 2012 02:21PM
I would have LOVED a gift like this when I was that age:
[www.amazon.com]
You certainly don't have to go with this exact kit, there seems to be oodles of them out there. But the wooden box would have made me feel like a "real" artist.



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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 26, 2012 02:31PM
Lots of paper, good paper, not just a regular notebook but a sketchbook. Some direction is also a valuable thing.
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: ahs
Date: April 26, 2012 02:48PM
Try this source:
[www.dickblick.com]
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: lazydays
Date: April 26, 2012 02:53PM
Thank you for the suggestions. I bought the kit $tevie linked to.
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 26, 2012 03:02PM
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lazydays
Thank you for the suggestions. I bought the kit $tevie linked to.

I would've gone for the Prismacolor pencils ahs linked to. Colored pencils are not created equal. From my art class days.... I remember the Prismacolor pencils to produce smooth, rich and saturated colors. Worth the extra few bucks.
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 26, 2012 04:00PM
Yeah, if that set keeps her interest then Prismacolor would be the next thing to get. Pencils are great for fine illustration, but nothing like charcoal on a nice toothy paper.
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 26, 2012 04:05PM
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mikebw
Yeah, if that set keeps her interest then Prismacolor would be the next thing to get. Pencils are great for fine illustration, but nothing like charcoal on a nice toothy paper.

I would love to see the kid's expression when she unwraps the gift and finds out she got a piece of coal for her birthday. LOL jest smiley
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: jesse
Date: April 26, 2012 04:39PM
If you do decide to go with Prismacolor at a later date, Micheals sells them in 3 different sized sets, and in singles for refills, you can usually find a 1/2 off coupon in the Sunday paper. We bought the larger 120 color set for our daughter last Christmas.
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: haikuman
Date: April 27, 2012 02:25AM
I like Jesse's idea and I really think with your budget Dave there should be a trip to France and the best art schools in her future. Maybe a summer trip include her art supplies and a 6'13" Samoan Chaperone *(:>*
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Re: Gift for aspiring artist
Posted by: vision63
Date: April 27, 2012 12:53PM
I like the gift you ordered. I'd give her some cash too for her incidentals.
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