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Best art set 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated March 1, 2019
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Charlie OliverHey friends! I’ve got something important to talk about today! I spent 31 hours researching and testing 16 different types of art set and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

Eventually, I found something that would suit my needs but it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one who might be having the same problems I did. Like most products, some outdo others, so use my top three list below to get started on your search for the best art set of 2018.

Best art set of 2018

The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more. Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products. The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting art set that best serves your needs and as per your budget. On that note, I review the three best art set of 2018 to help you get value for your money.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
5 points
4 points
Versatility
5 points
5 points
4 points
Construction
5 points
4 points
5 points
Value
4 points
4 points
4 points
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№1 – Castle Art Supplies Oil Paint Set Perfect for Professional and Beginners – Extend Your Painting Supplies to Include These 24 Richly Pigmented and Vivid Oil Colors Suitable for all Canvas

 
Castle Art Supplies Oil Paint Set Perfect for Professional and Beginners - Extend Your Painting Supplies to Include These 24 Richly Pigmented and Vivid Oil Colors Suitable for all Canvas

Pros
PROFESSIONAL QUALITY PAINT – Your masterpiece will stand out on any gallery wall thanks to our selection of vivid, pigment rich, artist quality oil paints in a stunning selection of 24 colors
VIBRANT COLOR COLLECTION – No need to hunt for the essential colors – we’ve brought them all together in this handy set, and due to their slow drying properties they will blend beautifully giving endless hues, tones and shades.
Cons
Nothing, except that I wasted too much time making my choice.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this art set win the first place?

I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
5

5star

Construction
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№2 – Pentel Arts Oil Pastels

 
Pentel Arts Oil Pastels

Pros
Brilliant colored pastels apply smoothly and blend easily for subtle shades, tints and color mixtures
Easy to use for artists of all ages
Acid-free pastels are ideal for use on paper, board or canvas
Cons
Lacks durability.
A little bit expensive.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this art set come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
5

5star

Construction
4

4star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№3 – Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set

 
Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set

Pros
Deluxe wood case with removal drawer to conveniently store art supplies
3 types of drawing and painting mediums including pencils, crayons pastels and watercolor painting
Sturdy protective wood case to keep supplies organized
Cons
It is hard to wash..
Not for beginners.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this art set take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Versatility
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

art set Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy art set, right? No!

What to look for when choosing art

Originality: As an artist evolves, their work starts to be their own. They transition from mimicking others to creating unique art. Look for artists who have progressed to their own styles and themes.

Content: Select art that is original, intriguing and legible. Seek out pieces that stimulate your senses, tell stories, and lead to interesting discussions. Be careful with emotionally dark or violent art; it is often powerful at first, but it isn’t as versatile and you may get tired of it over time.

Emotional Connection: Great art leaves a lasting impression. Look for pieces that keep your attention even after you’ve stopped looking at them.

Artist’s Background: Avoid looking only for artists you have formal training (some of the best artists are self-taught!), but do look for signs of dedication and credibility. At UGallery, we believe art is primarily a learned skill. Well-prepared art takes an incredible amount of thought and technique, so look for artists that demonstrate a love and commitment to their practice.

Balance Between Process and Product: Look for balance between conceptual meaning and the finished piece. Great art must challenge the viewer and offer new perspectives. For the purpose of display and collecting, it must also be well constructed and ready to present.

Quality: Pay attention to the quality of the materials and whether a piece is well-finished. This also demonstrates the artist’s dedication and practice.

Set components

For children with a little experience in this art field, would prefer advanced skill sets with a school of different painting materials. They include; crayons varieties, oil mediums, pencils, shades, etc. Only choose a set with components which are important to you or anyone you intend to purchase for.

User of the components

Various sets are designed to fit a particular category of users. Some are meant for children below tree years while others for teens and adults as well. It is therefore imperative to consider purchasing a set that can serve the entire family in the case of a growing family.

Make-a-Meal Sticker Pad

I get so excited when the toys I loved as a kid come back into vogue! I remember spending HOURS playing with my spirograph as a kid. The things you can make with this are unlimited but also so impressive looking. This one is a classic for a reason and the 50th anniversary edition has some cool extras including a carrying case with a built-in work surface and putty to keep the spirographs in place (so smart).

Spirograph and Spirograph Coloring Book Combo Kit that comes with a spirograph set as well as a spirograph coloring book, similar to the mandala style coloring books highlighted in this guide, and colored pencils.

I love the idea of teaching our kids to be creative beyond the crayons and markers at a young age.  This best-selling and highly rated first sewing kit is such a great way to do that.  I think any kid would love it but little girls with moms (or grandmas) who sew will be especially excited to receive one.

Klutz Paper Flying Kits

I get so excited when the toys I loved as a kid come back into vogue! I remember spending HOURS playing with my spirograph as a kid. The things you can make with this are unlimited but also so impressive looking. This one is a classic for a reason and the 50th anniversary edition has some cool extras including a carrying case with a built-in work surface and putty to keep the spirographs in place (so smart).

Spirograph and Spirograph Coloring Book Combo Kit that comes with a spirograph set, as well as a spirograph coloring book, similar to the mandala style coloring books highlighted in this guide, and colored pencils.

I really appreciate that kids can open up these engaging mosaic kits and start creating right away. The sticker-by-number format is easy to master and kids will spend hours peeling and sticking the shiny and glittery stickers onto each sheet. I also love the vast variety of themes in these kits.

Lineon 100 Pack Gel Pens

With the Lineon’s gel pen, you will enjoy coloring even if you have never been a fan. The ink is top quality, and the tips are smooth for efficient art production. This set has 50 colors to cover all your artistic needs. The ink is acid-free and non-toxic, making them safe to use. It makes a wonderful gift for someone you love.

Art 10142-Piece Wood Art Set

Art 10has produced a wonderful wood art set with three drawing and painting medium types. It includes all that an artist may desire to have around for any project. Any kid will love this set to help them learn and grow. If you want to keep the kid engaged for hours, get them this set to play with. Future respected artists start from crayon and colored pencils. They need inspiration for them to be great and create masterpieces.

Bellofy33-piece Professional Art Kit

This complete kit includes all that you may need to achieve high-quality and creative sketches. It contains soft to medium to hard pencils. You will achieve limitless sketching techniques using the graphite and charcoal sticks. You also get a free sketchbook and kit a bag for convenience and portability of the tools.

Immersive Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencil Set

The 50 vibrant colors are made from high-grade pigments that leave a bright, smooth finish. Get this amazing set for a fraction of the price and enjoy the versatility of drawing and shading with the tools. They are non-toxic and safe for kids and those with allergies.

Rega RP-1

2) Features – Today’s turntables offer a wide-variety of features in addition to simply playing the record. Knowing how you’ll be using your turntable and which features are most important will help you narrow down your search.

USB vs. Non-USB: One of the newest features to gain popularity among turntable manufacturers is the addition of a built-in USB port. The USB port allows you to transfer music from your records to your computer where you can then convert it to mpformat. For people looking to digitize large vinyl collections, specifically old or rare albums not available on mp3, having a USB port may be a priority. A word of caution, however. USB turntables tend to have a poor reputation among audiophiles who assert, often rightly so, that the costs of adding the USB port are often made up for by using lower quality components on the rest of the table. Do your research and listen to as many models as possible to ensure you’re not getting a high-tech dud.

Manual vs. Automatic: As mentioned previously, most higher-end tables utilize a manual cueing system, meaning you (the listener) must physically lift the arm and lower it onto the record and lift it back off as it reaches the end of the side. While this is slightly intimidating for beginners who worry about scratching the vinyl, it really is nothing cosmic and becomes second nature after a few attempts. However, if you’re the type of person that just wants to hit a button and let the turntable do the rest, then an automatic turntable may be for you.

Color Vibrancy

Color vibrancy is the liveliness of the colors from the pencils. There are colored pencils that will require you to add more strokes or layers to make each the colors brighter and livelier in your canvas. Meanwhile, some colored pencils do not require heavy strokes or added layers to make colors alive.

Depending on the project you are doing or even your preference, you might want to check the pencil’s color vibrancy.

Care For Your Colored Pencils

You need to choose the right sharpener with regard to size and blade quality.

Some consider turning the sharpener rather than the pencil for less tension on the pencil.

For wax-based pencils, heating them a little can cure breakage as the wax melts and fuse together.

It might also be helpful to use just the right amount of force with the pencils.

Via Roadtoarted

As you can see from the image stippling is made by making dots of the pencil. It can be made with sharp for thinner circles and dull for bigger dots. This technique is suited for added texture on the canvas’ surface.

Hatching, on the other hand, is made with slanted lines. It can be used when doing straight images to create dynamism.

Similar to hatching is the cross-hatching, which can be made by crisscrossing the lines.

The back and forth stroke is a more free-hand stroking where you go back and forth to fill in the spaces.

A brand that has been in the industry for over 7years that provides art tools for professionals, students and beginners alike.

It has a softcore or soft lead that is suitable for shading jobs. Artists and professionals can find this an enjoyable set for complicated shading.

The set includes 4counts or individual pencils that give you more color options. It can be suited for different and complex coloring works.

The softcore allows you to easily make strokes and blending to create unique color combinations.

This set packs highly saturated pigments inside each pencil, which create vibrant colors or saturated colors. It helps in attaining the right intensity of the color you might need for your project.

It has a good lightfast, where artists can expect colors to less discoloration as the time goes by.

The softcore easily breaks, especially when used with stronger force when doing coloring tasks.

If users have a minimal idea on proper usage, the wax make glob or chunk matters on the paper making one’s work uneven.

There are powder coming off from the pencil, which if one is not careful can create unwanted smudges on the paper.

Another household brand that has been around since the 1700s, Faber Castell is all about marrying traditional pencil making and environmentally friendly product as Faber-Castel 2Piece Polychromous Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin.

This set of colored pencils is in “polychrome” or in varied colors. It comes in 2counts or individual colored pencils that are considered a wide enough range to allow users different color combinations.

It has the right combination of hardness and softness of the lead. This feature can help the artists with both detail work and color blending. Thus, it can help with complex color or even drawing jobs.

It produces vivid or vibrant colors, which can help you, as the users, with getting the right color. The color vividness can also keep you from putting too much layer in order attain vibrancy.

The set does not include the basic colors (i.e. the purple or violet shade). The lack of these hues can be an issue for beginners who do not know how to blend and mix colors.

A brand that is known and widely used by students, Crayola brings in their 2count colored pencils.

It was environment-friendly created as the manufacturer used reforested wood.

The set comes in 2counts, which will give you good color options, especially when doing big or extensive artwork.

The colored pencils are suited for kids because of the non-toxic feature of the product.

Pencils create easy color blending that is advantageous for creating different colors despite only having 2counts (less than the 4of Prismacolor.

The lead is soft enough to make mixing and blending easy.

Don’t buy a TV with less than 4K resolution (i.e., avoid 1080p sets) if you want a future-proof set.

Look for an HDR-compatible set, which offers more realistic colors and better contrast.

OLED TVs look much better than a typical LED LCD, but they are considerably more expensive.

Ignore contrast-ratio specs: manufacturers fudge the numbers. Trust your own eyes.

Look for at least four HDMI ports; 4K shoppers should ask about HDCP compatibility.

Curved TVs are a fashion statement. They don’t benefit image quality.

Most TVs are “smart TVs” these days with easy access to Netflix and other online apps. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a big deal.

LED and LCD Sets

Most LCD sets use LEDs on the edge of the screen. The better of these models support active dimming, but it takes some digital sorcery to do this by merely manipulating lights along the edge.

Full-array LED sets have light-emitting diodes directly behind the screen, in a grid of “zones” that can be lit up or darkened individually. Such an arrangement makes the backlight more precise and allows a more-detailed picture regarding contrast. Full-array backlighting was once reserved for top-tier models, but with more Ultra HD sets appearing at lower prices, this feature is becoming more common on modestly priced sets.

Another LCD technology, called quantum dots, is becoming more common, spurred on by the requirements of HDR to produce a wider array of colors and more brightness. An LCD that uses quantum dots basically has another layer, or added “rail,” of different size nanocrystal dots that light up when the LED backlight hits them. The result is a wider color spectrum and increased brightness.

Be aware that some brands offer confusing labels. Samsung’s newest sets are dubbed “QLED.” These are quantum-dot LCD TVs — not to be mistaken for OLED. And while quantum dot displays still can’t match OLED in terms of sharpness and true black levels, the gap is narrowing as manufacturers work to improve the technology.

Wide array of prices, sizes and features; Some affordable Ultra HD 4K models; Bright screens visible even in a sunny room; Image quality steadily improving with full-array backlighting and quantum-dot technology.

OLED TVs

Best TV picture, bar none; Colors truly pop, deeper blacks and better contrast and shadow detail than LCD TVs achieve; Retains image quality when viewed from the side.

Stratospheric prices; lower peak brightness than some LCD sets, uncertainty about how screens will fare over time, including whether they will retain “ghost” images (also known as burn-in) from displaying a static picture for too long.

A printer is accurate and rigid and helps you make virtual designs of objects you want to create whereas a pen is fluid and free-type which supports freestyle hand-drawings. Printers need a 3D file to give form to something whereas pens enable users to draw any object or structure out of their imagination.

Ways to use a 3D printing pen

There is a lot that you can do with 3D pens. They can be used for artistic and decorative works; and also for minor repair works when combined with 3D printers. The most common applications of 3D printing pens include building mini Eiffel towers, homes, ornaments, pendants, and drawing objects like phones, laptops, and iPhone cases.

Scribbler 3D Printing Pen V3

As the name suggests, Scribbler 3D printing pen Vis an advanced version of the popular Scribbler Pen, and it has been in the market for quite some time grabbing the attention of many art lovers worldwide. One of the most striking features of this pen is that it is built with great design and impressive ergonomics which make drawing a lot easy and fun-filled.

Scribbler 3D printing pen Vcomes in multiple colors, but even if you are a beginner, you can save yourself endless hours of research and comparison by using shades of different colors in the same pen. At present, the 3D pen comes in eight attractive colors which include yellow, blue, green, white, red, and purple.

We tried the pen and found out a few things from a user’s perspective. The pen is extremely lightweight and easy to use. We’d say it’s a great choice for kids, teens, and beginners. If you have problems in changing the filament, just skip the process. The pen is designed to easily work without causing any fuss.

Now, find out how you can become an awesome artist by using the Scribbler Pen.

Negative

Lix shook the 3D world when it launched the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. It’s one of those pens that got appreciation from both fans and critics. Our team was lucky to get one and be able to review this stunning 3D printing pen, which was initially launched through the company’s kickstarter campaign.

So, are you curious to know what our impressions are about this pint-sized 3D pen? Read on and find out the details.

Just like you, we were thinking how this ridiculously small pen would perform, but in the end, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the pen scored in our review tests. We ran multiple tests even using the pen in a quiet environment to see if it was like one of the other noisy pens out there in the market, but it proved to be one that is perfectly suited to be used in quiet places and any environment for that matter. The handle is pretty impressive, and the pen worked well in almost all surfaces that we used.

When going through a review, it’s natural that you will want to weigh the pros and cons before purchasing the product. But trust me, despite conducting multiple tests, I couldn’t find any drawback of the Lix 3D printing pen. It looks to be a clear winner and a perfect choice for 3D pen lovers and Lix fans alike. It’s certainly one that is worth buying.

CCbetter Intelligent Pen

The pen is packed in a relatively thin box that is only as big as a smartphone box. In the box, there is the regular power brick with the two packed filaments. However, as mentioned earlier, users who prefer new filaments can always purchase them separately.

The makers have included a stand in the kit in which users can put their pens on when not in use. Going by user-friendliness and performance, we would say the pen is easily suitable for beginners and regular users alike. We tried drawing on a range of surfaces, and the pen performed extremely well in all of them. It also includes an OLED which has something like a status indicator to alert the user when the filament gets heated up and is ready for drawing. It’s sure a tough competitor to all the other 3D pens in the market.

Coming to the downside, we didn’t find any noticeable flaw when we started using the pen. However, from a common user’s perspective, we felt that a more detailed user manual would be highly beneficial for beginners and more so for people who are hesitant to go for 3D pens without clear instructions. That apart, we would say that the pen performed very well in several tests.

Taking the pros and cons into account, it still looks like Joyluxy’s CCBetter Intelligent 3D Pen is one of the most impressive pens of its type in the market, and certainly worth putting your money into.

Doodler 3D Printing Pen

I wouldn’t deny that there is a learning curve the user has to go through before using this pen like a pro. Don’t get carried away by the videos you see on YouTube, it’s not that simple. You’ll need a cardboard, paper, or any other surface to draw (and probably a cup of coffee) for a brisk start.

Okay, shifting our focus to the important things, 3Doodler 3D printing pen is amazing for a number of reasons. The first and foremost is that it consists of 50 plastic filaments. Design-wise and feel-wise, the pen is cool. Whether it’s worth the price or not, here is a fair review.

First off, we found that the pen’s name is unique and it is also the world’s first 3D printing pen. When it comes to appearance, it pen looks better than most other 3D pens that we have seen over the days. When drawing, the filaments don’t get clogged – there are 50 of them and replacement is easy.

First off, we found that the pen’s name is unique and it is also the world’s first 3D printing pen. In terms of appearance, it looks better than most other 3D pens that we have seen over the days. While drawing, the filaments don’t get clogged – there are 50 of them and replacement is damn easy.

We tried drawing on multiple surfaces, and the pen worked just fine on all of them. It’s user-friendly. If you are an experienced user, you’ll be at ease when using the pen, and if you are a beginner, then there is a bit of learning curve to go through. However, it’s fun and engaging.

Frankly speaking, there is nothing to complain about with this pen. You might want to do some nitpicking from a critic’s standpoint but again, this pen overcomes the drawbacks that we find in most other 3D Pens.

Coming back to

Glyby Intelligent 3D pens, we would say that kids in your home are going to love this one more than the other 3D pens. It has sufficient features to keep them immersed in a world of joy for a long time. But, if your kids are too young, then make sure to supervise them so that things don’t go wrong.

There is no major drawback about Glyby Intelligent 3D printing pen as such. Since it’s designed for the kids, it does a great job in being a kid’s best 3D friend. Of course, there is a range of other 3D printing pens out there in the market, but most of them are expensive, so Glyby Intelligent 3D printing pen takes the cake when you bring in the budget factor. If you wish to surprise your kids with a perfect birthday present, reward them for scoring high marks in exams, or help them learn some amazing stuff, then this pen should make a great choice.

Additional Features

What the first thing you do before purchasing a product? Check online reviews? Well, hold on a bit. That might not be the only way to find the best 3D printing pen for your need. Each pen has its own reputation in the market and choosing the best all depends on what you want and whether your pen has it all. It’s never a bad idea to browse online reviews, but word of mouth would be much better. If any of your friends or colleagues has bought a 3D pen and is happy to recommend the one to you, then it’s worth buying. Of course, after checking if it fulfills your requirements in terms of design, features, performance, and budget.

How to Choose a Good Paint Brush

When buying brushes for acrylic painting, you can get both the stiff bristle brushes used by oil painters and synthetic brushes made for smooth watercolor painting. It all depends on the effect you want to obtain with your brushwork.

Stiffer brushes will leave visible marks on the painting, with more textural results. Softer brushes will give you smoother brushstrokes, with more blending.

For oils you need thicker bristles to move the dense and heavy paint around. For watercolors you need a softer brush because the medium is very fluid. Acrylic paints are softer than oils but thicker than watercolors, so your brushes can be somewhere in the middle.

Expensive Sable Brushes Are too Fancy for Acrylics

Even though natural bristle brushes created for oil paint can be used with acrylic paint, you may want to avoid expensive sable brushes.

When painting with acrylics you need to keep your brushes wet or immersed in water for a long time, so that the paint does not dry on the brush, and this excessive moisture can ruin the natural fibers quickly.

Bristles or Hairs

The part of the brush that holds and applies the paint. They can be natural or synthetic. Good quality brushes have firmly held bristles. It’s important that they don’t fall out while you are painting, for aesthetic reasons and because you may create messes on your painting when you try to remove them.

Usually made from metal, it connects the handle to the hairs, and keeps the bristles in shape. A good ferrule does not rust or come loose.

Paint Brush Sizes

The size of a brush is indicated by a number on the handle, and it refers to how thick the brush is at the heel, where the ferrule meets the hairs. Sizes vary from 000, 00, 0, 1, 2, etc.

Different manufacturers have different sizes for the same number, so if you buy supplies online, always refer to the measurement of the brush, not just the size number, especially if you are not familiar with the manufacturer.

How to read manufacturer measurements

Length: distance from the edge of the ferrule out to the tip of the hair in the brush’s center.

Diameter: distance across a round ferrule at the point where the ferrule ends and the hair begins.

Width: distance across a flat ferrule at the exact point where the ferrule ends and the hair begins.

A brush’s width is different from the width of the paint stroke that the brush makes. The actual width of the stroke varies according to the amount of pressure used, the angle at which the brush is held, the media used, and the flexibility of the brush hair.

The brush stroke will vary depending on how you hold your brushes too. Holding your brush close to the ferrule gives you most control, great for painting details; holding near the end gives you lose strokes.

When Choosing Brushes You Should Consider

Size – The rule of thumb about brush size is that big brushes should be used for large areas and loose brushwork, and small brushes should be used for small areas and details.

Shape – each shape delivers different stroke styles, and a different effect. Learning which shape to use to get the wanted effect is very important, and requires some experimenting. Have fun with it.

Material – Nylon brushes are best to lay flat paint areas, while natural bristles give a more uneven texture.

Paint Brush Sets

Brushes can be very expensive. To save some money, you may purchase a paint brush set.

Brush sets come conveniently assorted in sizes and shapes. Many sets are a lower quality, but they can still be a great choice for beginner painters, and allow you to get used to the different types and sizes of brushes without investing a lot of money into it.

Once you know what type of brush you like to work with, you can expand your brush collection and invest in higher quality, more expensive brushes of your choice.

Size of order

As the chart below illustrates, companies vary in how many pieces you must order to get a custom kit going. The more you buy, the cheaper each piece is. Typically, once you have placed the first order, reorders require much smaller minimums (even a single piece), since the artwork is already produced.

A high-mileage masters racing team has different demands than a club looking to make custom jerseys for a one-time charity ride. Some companies, like Capo, specialize in quality garments but require a 35-piece order. Other companies, such as Pactimo and Mt Borah, can get you going for an order of only five or six pieces at a reasonable cost. And a few companies like Jakroo and Louis Garneau will design and sell you a single piece, but you will pay a premium for this.

Hard drive speed

Hard drive (or harddisk) is used to store your permanent data, your graphic files, the PSDs, AIs, TIFFs, PDFs, whatever. It’s much slower than RAM at storing and reading data. So it directly affects the speed at which you work, in little ways which can accumulate to huge time wastage. The OS is also stored on the hard drive, which explains why it takes a while to start up.

Hard drives come in many speeds. 7200RPM, 15,000RPM, 5400RPM. RPM is how they measure hard drive speed. Typically desktop computers will come with 7200RPM, laptops with 5400RPM.

If the speed are not listed on computers you’re buying, ask a salesman, or get the model number of the hard drive and look up on the Internet.

Processors

At least a dual-core processor if you want to be comfortable. Anything more is because you need the processing power, especially for 3D rendering.

Get at least a dual-core processor, probably 2Ghz dual-core.

Nowadays most computers come with quad-core. Not many applications utilize quad-cores, but they are good to get if the price difference isn’t too much over the dual-core. That’s because the OS can use assign the processors to OS functions, and some processors to the software, and when there’s no sharing of processor, you get better response.

Graphics card

Unless you’re doing 3D modeling, you probably won’t require a high end card. 2D digital painting, vector work or layout don’t really require that card to calculate 3D data. Generally speaking, the graphics card that already come with your computer should suffice.

If you use a particular 3D software, you should check out the graphics cards recommended by the software company. Each 3D software might have their own little quirks when running on non-recommended graphics card.

And if you want to play games besides art, check the list of recommended graphics cards for the game.

Graphics card on laptops can’t be upgraded after purchase so choose your laptops wisely. If you don’t need to play games, you can save some money here.

Software

Sometimes computers come with bundled software that are “free” (as advertised) or heavily discounted. They are not really free because you pay for everything you get.

However if you have the chance to not buy them, especially Microsoft Office, don’t buy them. You can find a lot of opensource (equivalent to free and legal) software that have similar functionality. Heck, even Photoshop has an opensource competitor like GIMP.

Computers don’t usually come with art software so you’ll have to buy them. The two licenses you should note are education and commercial. The cheaper education licenses are for learning purposes. Commercial licenses are for artists who want to make money off their work.

Monitor

Get an LCD monitor with a high resolution, with lots of pixels. The more pixels you have, the more things you can display on screen. For example, a 1920 by 1200 resolution screen (about 2inch) can display almost two web pages side by side.

I would recommend at least 1600 pixels wide (about 20 inch) which will give you enough work area as well as space to put the palettes and other controls.

Glossy or non-glossy will depend on your personal preference. I recommend glossy.

Get IPS panels for your monitor. They have better colour reproduction, colour accuracy, wider viewing angles and can display more colours. Do not get TN panels for graphic work.

I recomend

Dell IPS monitors. I’ve used several models over the years and they are really quality monitors and worth the money.

What’s important is the service and warranty plans that come with the computer. Computers can break down and it’s really a luck issue. Do they have a local service center where you can bring it in? Do they have technicians who on-site servicing? Does the warranty cover all parts and services? These are the questions you should ask, and more so if you’re asked to buy extended periods of warranty. Amazingly, sometimes extended warranty terms are different from 1st-year warranty terms.

Windows vs Mac

Today, Macs and Windows are comparable in functionality. What you can do on Windows, you can also do on a Mac, unless you require some super specialized software that has no Mac equivalent. If your software has the same name, e.g. Photoshop version whatever, their files still work with on either platform.

Macs are typically more expensive, when compared based solely on specifications. One big difference is the operating system. Macs uses Mac OS, without which will make it as cheap as the cheapest Dell. The workflow between these two OS is slightly different, like how they manage files, find stuff, move things around. Differences might not be as great as you think. Both are user friendly, especially now that Windows is out.

The best way to decide is to head down to an Apple store to get a feel.

Personally, I use a Mac at home and really love it. There are no viruses and no problems with stability, which many of my Windows friends say about their system also. The real winner here is the lack of maintenance you have to do, basically none. If there’s anything wrong, it’s always the hardware. For Windows computers, it’s hard to troubleshoot if you don’t know if it’s a hardware or software problem.

The other reason for the Mac is because there are no games — no distraction. And if you really need Windows, you have Boot Camp software which will help you install Windows onto your Mac.

Other stuff

Having backups is important. I always make sure I’ve duplicate copies of all my files at any single time. That means I have a few additional external hard drives. Sometimes I have external drives to backup external drives. They are cheap so it’s a good investment, a good insurance against data loss or destruction.

Illustration

Whatever your design discipline, here are the best pencils you can buy.

Whether you’re creating a rough draft of an illustration, learning how to draw, or sketching out a mockup before hitting the wireframe tools, you’ll need to know what the best pencils are to get your work looking great. Fortunately, a solid, reliable set of pencils is not the most expensive item in the designer’s toolkit, so you can afford to try out a few different brands.

Ridiculously expensive

No, you haven’t misread that price. And yes, that’s the correct picture. The Caran D’ache Graphite Line gift box really does come with fewer than 20 pencils, plus graphite sticks and accessories, at a price that would make even Jeff Bezos blink, but what you’re paying for here is top-quality graphite.

The Graphite Line has been carefully developed and perfected in the Geneva workshops of Caran d’Ache to explore all the different shades of black and deliver thick and thin lines, gradation, flat-wash, blurring and watercolour effects. It’s an insanely expensive set of pencil, but we suspect that once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to use anything else.

Cross-hatch grip

The cushion point mechanism allows the sliding sleeve to give slightly under pressure to reduce lead breakage while writing. The pencil includes a clip and eraser under the cap. It’s a fantastic mechanical pencil suited for layouts and typography.

Rubber dots aid grip

This set is named after the famous German artist Albrecht Dürer. These are very carefully made using only the highest quality materials, including vibrant pigments and a unique binder medium, and they offer over 100 years of fade resistance.

These pencils are perfect for both drawing and painting techniques. They come in tins of 12, 24, 60, and a full range of 120 watercolour pencils, and are ideal for any artist.

Fed up with the terrible warbling noise your flat-screen TV makes? You’ve come to the right place.

Upgrading your TV sound can be as easy as plugging in a sound bar, but first you’ll need to buy the right one. In this guide we’ll look at the different types of home audio systems available, from sound bars to stereo speakers to full-blown, amped-up, surround-sound speaker packages. Here’s what you should be looking for to best suit your needs.

Step up to a surround-sound system

If you’re looking for something that sounds better than a sound bar, the best option is to put together your own system with an AV receiver and surround-sound speakers.

Pentax K-S3

DSLRs from smaller manufacturers shouldn’t be overlooked. The Pentax K-Shas an excellent price, along with features that are hard to find on entry-level models, like weather-sealing and wi-fi.

Want to learn how to use this camera? Good news, we have a fantastic Fast Start course for this specific camera model.

How to Shop for a Mattress

I assume you’re reading this guide because you decided you need a new mattress (and not because you’re just curious about what’s going on in the world of mattresses these days). Perhaps your current mattress is hurting you, or you wake up tired. Maybe you just want a bigger size. Maybe you’re moving and don’t want to lug your old mattress from place to place. Whichever is the case, my goal is to help you select the right mattress so you don’t make a mistake and so you don’t pay a penny more than you have to.

A mattress is perhaps the most important piece of furniture in your home. If you get the recommended hours of sleep per night, you will spend at least 1/3rd of your life in that mattress. That means if you keep that mattress for years (which is about the average), of those years will be spent on it. However, many of us don’t think about our mattresses and how it impacts our lives every day.

If you can find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment while not causing any pressure to your body, you’ve found a good mattress for you. There are some other minor factors to look for. They include motion transfer, edge support, and temperature.

Selecting the Right Mattress Store

Your first order of business will be to choose a store to shop at. Feel free to pick several to shop around at, especially if they’re near each other. There are several types of stores out there. I will give the pros and cons of each.

How to Test for Support in a Mattress

The most important factor in finding the correct mattress is proper support. You need the mattress to push up on your body to counteract your body weight. So that means get a hard, firm, stone-like mattress, right? Wrong.

You’ll notice that the mattress dips down around her shoulders and hips, but her spine is in proper alignment. If the mattress were too hard, her hips would be pushed up and her shoulders would be pushed up, and her spine would not be straight. If you’re in this position for too long, you can wake up with a back ache.

Additionally, if you keep changing positions to try to keep your back in alignment, you’re not getting into the deeper stages of sleep, which causes you to wake up tired. The same exact consequences occur if a mattress is too soft, and you’re in it like a hammock. You want a mattress to contour to the shape of your body to hold it in its neutral alignment.

How to Test for Comfort in a Mattress

The second most important criteria to selecting the right mattress is comfort (or as you may hear it called, pressure relief). If a mattress is too hard, it can cause pressure to your body. This cuts off circulation and pinches nerves (ever wake up with a “pins and needles” feeling in your hand?), and will cause you to change positions frequently.

If you’re frequently changing positions, your sleep is fragmented and you don’t get into the deeper stages of sleep (such as REM sleep). This means you’ll wake up tired, even if you thought you got hours of sleep. When you’re trying out the mattress, you should be able to lie in one position without moving around for at least a few minutes. If you can do that, you’ve found a good mattress.

Those are the two main criteria. If you find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment which doesn’t cause pressure to your body, you’ve found a great mattress for you. To help fine-tune it from there, there are a few other things to consider.

Minor Factors

There are several other criteria that you can look for when searching for a mattress.

Motion & Separation: If you share your bed, you want to minimize motion transfer. If your partner gets in or out of bed, or changes positions, you run the risk of being woken up if the mattress transfers too much of that motion to your side of the bed. Try the mattress in the store with your partner, and have your partner switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you feel.

Temperature: Another issue some people have is heat retention of the mattress. Most good mattresses these days have features to help mitigate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc). The biggest risk here is with cheap memory foam mattresses.

Edge Support: You want a strong edge support on your mattress, particularly if you sleep near the edge of the bed, or sit on the edge of the bed often. Most of the average or better innerspring mattresses use the upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some of the very cheapest mattresses just use a steel rod on the side. Foam encasement is better. Memory foam mattresses don’t often have a separate edge support because of the nature of the foam (it’s designed to take the shape of your body, even when you’re just sitting on it).

The mattress shopping experience

Walking into a mattress store can be an intimidating experience. When you first walk in, you’re likely to see a sea of white rectangles and what you perceive to be a slimy, sharky, salesperson out to rip you off. You might be tempted to throw up your hand, say “I’m just looking,” and run out of the showroom and buy online.

Luckily, the real mattress shopping experience isn’t nearly as bad as I just made it sound, and in this section, you will be better prepared to know where to shop. In this section of the guide, I will walk you through the process of actually trying out the mattresses and selecting the right one, as well as give you some tips to get the best possible price.

Choosing a mattress store

Your first order of business will be to choose a store to shop at. Feel free to pick several to shop around at, especially if they’re near each other. There are several types of stores out there. I will give the pros and cons of each.

Online

You can always buy a mattress online. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of sites you can choose from. You can even go to Craigslist and get somebody’s used mattress for free (eww).

Pros: You get to shop for a mattress without leaving your house, you can shop dozens of companies quickly, and you’re likely to find a low price. In fact, websites like US Mattress tend to have the lowest prices anywhere. There are also direct-to-consumer mattresses like Leesa, Nest Bedding, and Ghost Bed which sell good mattresses at reasonable prices.

If you buy one online without testing it, be sure to get one with a free return policy. The aforementioned online stores Leesa, Nest, and Tomorrow Sleep are popular options for this. The free return policy completely negates the only con of buying online.

In fact, if all of this seems like a bit much, it would not be a mistake to just buy a Leesa, try it out, and if you don’t like it just send it back and iterate from there.

Furniture stores

Like department stores, furniture stores will also often have a section dedicated to mattresses. This is sensible, since a mattress is a piece of furniture.

Pros: It is convenient to have a whole bedroom set and a new mattress delivered at once. Sometimes they’ll give you a very low price on a mattress if you’re buying an entire bedroom set.

In the store

Alright, so you’ve selected a few stores to go to and you’ve checked out some online mattress stores to get a general lay of the land. Next, you need to set aside some time to properly try the mattresses. This is not a purchase that should be made over a lunch break or in a few minutes. Set aside an afternoon to go mattress shopping. Expect to spend up to an hour or so in a mattress store trying mattresses.

The biggest thing to realize is that the salesperson is there to help you. Most salespeople I work with genuinely want to help you find the right mattress. The slimy “used car salesman” stereotype is somewhat uncommon (though not unheard of) in the mattress business. Just give him or her a chance to help you. Most of the better stores will have a process in place to help find the right mattress. But the key is to take the time to try the mattresses.

Once you’ve narrowed down which mattresses offer the proper support and relieve the most pressure, it’s important to spend some time on that mattress to make sure it works for you. If you’re having trouble deciding between two mattresses, spend several minutes on each one.

Try it on your back, try it on your side. Remember to check for proper support and comfort.

How to negotiate for mattresses

I have a mattress negotiation guide, so read that for an in-depth treatment of this topic. I will just summarize here.

The prices of mattresses are negotiable at most retailers and on most brands. In mattress shopping, the general strategy is to play one retailer off of another. Most places have a price guarantee. So if you get a quote from one place, you can take it to a competitor and have them beat the price. Take that price to another competitor and get an even lower price. You can also look up the mattress online (like at US Mattress) and get the retailer to match the online price. This is the easiest, least painful way to negotiate on mattresses.

If you don’t have time to go back and forth between retailers, online prices are usually the best as long as you are good at comparison shopping. So you can find the mattress that works best for you, and then just buy the comparable model online.

Even though the specific model names will usually differ, a Platinum Luxury Plush at one retailer will be virtually identical to a Platinum Luxury Plush at another retailer.

There are two basic categories of mattress.

Specialty foam. These will usually be made of different types of foam. Two categories of specialty foam are latex and memory foam.

Beyond these two major categories, you’ll find a few other types of mattresses. Some manufacturers make air mattresses, that use air chambers instead of coils for the support. Also, there are still some waterbeds around, in which water is used for the support. I honestly don’t know as much about these two categories of mattresses, and they make up a small part of the mattress industry, so I won’t go into them here. The biggest air mattress manufacturer is Select Comfort with their Sleep Number bed. There are several small waterbed manufacturers.

Innerspring mattresses

Most mattresses you’re likely to run into are the “innerspring” type. They have metal coils inside of the mattress with foams and fibers on the top.

The lower priced mattresses tend to use the older style coil in which they’re all tied together. The hourglass-shaped ones are called “Bonnell” coils, but other manufacturers have stronger variations on that type (like the “offset” coil and the “continuous” coil). These are generally a little less expensive than the individually wrapped coil, but don’t contour as well and transfer more motion.

On the left are Sealy “classic” coils that are all tied together. On the right are the higher end individually wrapped coils.

The better innerspring mattresses will use individually wrapped coils. This type of coil allows the mattress to contour to your body from the coil level, which give better support and causes less pressure. Additionally, wrapped coils are better at separating motion from side to side on the bed. So if one person bounces around or changes positions, the partner will not feel it as much. The downside? They’re usually more expensive.

The foams above the coils will have varying densities. You can get a mattress with firmer foams on the top or softer foams on the top. Some will be in the style of a “pillowtop” (which means the manufacturer sewed an extra cord around the side of the mattress to indicate it has a good amount of foam).

How much to spend

The mattress industry does itself a disservice by advertising like this, because that’s usually the absolute rock bottom as far as price and quality go.

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In this guide we’ll walk you through the components that make up a drum set and highlight some beginner-friendly sets that are likely to make sense for your budget while thrilling than new drummer. We’ll also take a brief look at world and concert percussion instruments.

Drum set components

In addition to the hi-hats mentioned above, there are two common cymbals found in most starter drum kits.

Crash Cymbals – Crash cymbals come in a variety of sizes, and are usually mounted above the toms. They are usually the loudest cymbals in a kit.

A junior drum kit will usually include one or two generic cymbals. They are smaller—to fit the scaled size of the kit—and don’t have the sonic quality of full-sized cymbals, so they are often not specified as “crash” or “ride” cymbals.

Many starter-level drum kits include a throne, but be sure to double-check. Conventional chairs and office stools are too tall for a drum set, so if the kit you’re looking at doesn’t include a throne, you’ll want to pick up one. You’ll find a large assortment of drum thrones to suit any budget at Musician’s Friend.

A step-up drum set for older players

If your new drummer is a teen, a full-sized starter set is a good place to begin. Drum diameters are similar to more advanced and expensive drum kits and overall quality is higher than that of junior sets.

A respected brand among drummers, ddrum’s D5-Piece Kit deliverers satisfying sound and feel and can serve budding drummers for many years as they develop their skills.

The D5-Piece Drum Set from ddrum is a very affordable set that includes everything necessary to begin playing straight out of the box. With its step-up hardware and deep-toned mahogany drum shells it can make a great introduction to drumming that will keep new players enthusiastic as they progress in their skills. The complement of three toms with a bass and snare together with all hardware, a throne, and sets of sticks with a stick bag make this set a great value.

Browse the complete Musician’s Friend selection of junior drum kits, or full-sized starter drum sets.

World and Concert Percussion instruments

World Percussion refers to a variety of drums and other rhythm instruments that are typically played with hands, sticks, or other types of strikers.

Concert Percussion is used in school bands and professional orchestras. It includes a wide variety of instruments that ranges from big kettle drums to the tiny triangle. In most school music programs, concert percussion is provided by the school due to its significant cost.

Though there are hundreds of world percussion instruments to choose from, the djembe has become a very popular choice due to its broad range of sounds, and relatively easy learning curve. The Toca Freestyle Djembe is one of our bestsellers thanks to its full-bodied sound, range of size options and cool graphics.

The synthetic body and head used on the Toca Freestyle Djembe is impervious to weather changes, will hold up to being hauled around and comes with a shoulder strap plus carrying bag.

If you have a child who wants to play concert percussion with a school band, you may be asked to purchase a snare kit. The Pearl SK-900 Snare Drum Kit is one of the most basic, and most affordable options.

The Pearl SK-900 Snare Drum Kit includes a snare drum, stand, practice pad, drum sticks, and a drum key that all packs into a convenient backpack case.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the art set by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your art set wisely! Good luck!

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