J. Herbin Watercolor Drawings

I wanted to test out the J. Herbin Creapen, the Clairefontaine Grafit Sketchpad, and the 30 J. Herbin ink colors. I found a fun way to do all three at the same time! On the front of every J. Herbin box (and bottle) of ink, there is a small picture of whatever the ink is named after. Using the Creapen (loaded with J. Herbin Perle Noir), I outlined each picture and used that particular ink to color it in using just a simple cotton q-tip. I have 29 done, the only one missing is Rose Tendresse (which I have in limited quantities right now so I didn’t want to grab one for myself). I’ll add it when I get that in 😉 Enjoy!!!

Clairefontaine GrafIt Sketchpad (C96621) and J. Herbin Creapen (H205/20)
J. Herbin Gris Nuage (Cloud Grey), H130/08
J. Herbin Perle Noir (Pearl Black), H130/09
J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis (Forget-me-not Blue), H130/15
J. Herbin Bleu Azur (Sky Blue), H130/12
J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche (Periwinkle Blue), H130/13
J. Herbin Bleu Nuit (Midnight Blue), H130/19
J. Herbin Êclat de Saphir (Sapphire Blue), H130/16
J. Herbin Diabolo Menthe (Mint Lemonade), H130/33
J. Herbin Vert Réséda (Reseda Green), H130/38
J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage (Wild Green), H130/37
J. Herbin Vert Empire (Empire Green), H130/39
J. Herbin Vert Olive (Olive Green), H130/36
J. Herbin Vert Pré (Meadow Green), H130/31
J. Herbin Bouton D’or (Buttercup Yellow), H130/53
J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie (Amber of Burma), H130/41
J. Herbin Lie de Thé (Tea Brown), H130/44
J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil (Brazilian Cocoa), H130/45
J. Herbin Café des Îles (Island Coffee), H130/46
J. Herbin Terre de Feu (Land of Fire), H130/47
J. Herbin Poussière de Lune (Moondust Purple), H130/48
J. Herbin Violette Pensée (Pansy Violet), H130/77
J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis (Tears of Cassis), H130/78
J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen (Cyclamen Pink), H130/66
J. Herbin Rouge Bourgogne (Burgundy Red), H130/28
J. Herbin Rouge Opéra (Opera Red), H130/68
J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier (Ruby Red), H130/22
J. Herbin Bouquet D’antan (Antique Pink), H130/64
J. Herbin Rouille D’ancre (Rusty Anchor), H130/58
J. Herbin Orange Indien (Indian Orange), H130/57
The J. Herbin 30ml bottles of ink retail for $9.50. The Clairefontaine GrafIt 6″ x 8″ sketchpad retails for $4.75. The J. Herbin Creapen retails for $19. All are available from The Goulet Pen Company.
2017-10-11T14:38:52+00:00 April 16th, 2010|Ink Reviews|17 Comments
  • Great work Brian!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think that was a very clever idea and great way to display the ink colors. Clair paper is it for me.

  • I did not know you are also an illustrator.

  • You have done really a great work, I really like all these drawing, well I think that it is really a great way to display ink like this, really nice one.

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  • superb!

  • lwang14

    Wow! I love the drawings and they show clearly how the inks look like.

  • lwang14

    Wow! I love the drawings and they show clearly how the inks look like.

  • I did not know you are also an illustrator.

  • You have done really a great work, I really like all these drawing, well I think that it is really a great way to display ink like this, really nice one.

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  • Great work Brian!!!

  • pictogramax

    Thank you very much for this comparison. Bravo!

  • Thanks! I had fun with these 🙂 

  • Amina Mirza

    I'm confused: I thought the 
    J. Herbin Creapen took cartridges only?

  • Yes, it does. The Creapen was only used for the black outlines, the rest of the inks I painted with a highly specialized painting tool…..a q-tip 😉 

  • BellSome

    Brian, do you sell the Clairefontaine sketchbook at your site? I like that size and the way it makes the pictures (I mean "art masterpieces") look fresh and clean!

  • Not anymore, I discontinued them about a year and a half ago. They were nice, but just didn't sell well.

  • rosemm

    This is an almost perfect review of ink colors for us journal artists out here. The comparisons are clear and easy to judge. Except that I would like to see how each ink shades, since after the drawing is done I use a wet brush to pull out shadows, and so far it seems to me the shadow colors that appear are often surprising and unexpected. I would love to see more comparisons like this, including pulling out the shadows so I can judge before I order. Thanks!