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Title: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Zach on August 07, 2015, 09:15:32 PM
So Im ready to add color to my drawings,  I've done some research and Ive heard alot people say prismas are the best.... But the lead breaks alot.   Does anyone have any experience with these?  And what other pencils are good?  Any Faber Castel poly chromo users out there?
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 07, 2015, 09:27:08 PM
Zach,

I do not use them often but I have some Derwent ColourSoft and some Derwent Inktense.  I like the ColourSoft more because they seem to give smoother color.  Inktense seems more grainy.

I also have about 40 different colors of Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.  I am disappointed with the colors - especially greens and blues.  The colors just look unreal - like some weird mix.  But, since they are watercolor, I can glaze over them with a different shade of real watercolor and get a half-way decent color.

Bottom line - I really don't care for colored pencils.  Reminds me of the ones I used in primary school!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Steven on August 08, 2015, 01:29:03 AM
Prismas are ok but be aware of colorfastness Zach. http://prismacolor.com/Style%20Library/PrismaColor/media/promotions/Prismacolor_Lightfast_Color_Chart.pdf (http://prismacolor.com/Style%20Library/PrismaColor/media/promotions/Prismacolor_Lightfast_Color_Chart.pdf)

Faber Castell polychromos in a full set are the way to go if you can afford them and for finish work when your paper is out of tooth for layering (which is what colored pencils are all about) add in a set of Carna d'Ache luminance 6901.  Use them for final touches, they are a bit waxy and crumbly but act like an oil pastel and stick to the layered colored pencil already layed down.  They also are frightfully expensive!  Thing is, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.  Cheaper pencils are not going to layer well and color light fastness is important.
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: ncwren on August 08, 2015, 06:10:34 AM
You can buy all of these open stock Zach. Lachri on YouTube has great demos and reviews. She uses a spray gun for her backgrounds in her cp work which saves on pencil use.
The Prismas can be microwaved or gently warmed to solidify any breaks.
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: jillh on August 08, 2015, 06:26:34 AM
Zach,  I have prisma colors and verithins.  Everything I've seen and read in the subject echoes what Steven has written.  The quality control on prismas is shocking.  Leads off center and cracked casings lead to some of the breakage.  However,  they are creamy and you can get them in open stock at most arts stores.  I'm hoping that someone will surprise me for my birthday with Faber castell polys.

On the subject of sharpening.  I've tried the hand held sharpeners and the knife.  I bought a creative mark multipoint professional sharpener that works well, however,  the one I love , now that I've learned how to use it with CP, is the X-acto Powerhouse.   I use it for my graphite pencils.  Gives a nice long smart point.  The key to using it with CP is to put it in for maybe one or two turns.  It's very quick.  This way you done eat pencils and the leads don't break.  A delicate touch  :).  I use a soft brush to remove excess from the blades.  And apparently putting a regular graphite pencil through it keeps the blades sharp.  I love this sharpener so much.  If it does get blunt I'll purchase another for $30.  It's worth it.
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Zach on August 08, 2015, 07:45:33 AM
 :thankyou: everyone for advice!! 

Ya I looked at the poly chromo and they have a ton of good reviews,  they might be to expensive for me though.   I.  Wanting to get a pack of around 24 to start off with and I really don't want to spend more than 30 bucks.   

I've also seen the Derwent graphitint,  it's actually pigmented graphite,  looks and acts very interestingly, anyone use these?
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Steven on August 08, 2015, 10:22:11 AM
Zach if you want to go that way, meaning the Derwent, go with the conte sticks.  it will be a transition from graphite to monotone work, grey-scale and sepia instead of the full-color range.  Much cheaper options, and as mentioned a couple times, you can add open stock color pencils as you can afford them.
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Zach on August 09, 2015, 08:16:26 AM
Taxi think I may just buy everything open stock,  cause I was looking at the pack of 48 and there's a lot of colors in there I would rarely (if ever)  use.
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: JayJ on August 09, 2015, 11:51:27 PM
Faber Castell polychromos!i am so glad the lady in the store convinced me to go for FB rather than Prisma.I even opted for open stock for the same reason...just waited till it was on special offer.
The only difference I found the prismacolour covers faster....u have to do lots of layers with FB to get same results.But i love working in layers !
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Zach on August 10, 2015, 11:27:31 AM
 :thankyou: Jay,  I went ahead and bought the prismas,  I found a set of 12 for 15 dollars at a Walmart,  could NOT pass that up.   Can't wait to try em
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: jillh on August 10, 2015, 11:34:29 AM
Good stuff! Zach.  You can always pick up the individual colors at Michaels, hobby lobby or any of the bigger art stores near you.  Just remember to check that the leads are centered in the casings.  Prismas quality control is crappy!
Title: Re: What colored pencils are everyone using?
Post by: Zach on August 10, 2015, 09:41:48 PM
 :thankyou: Jillh, just bought a pack of 12, I'll add more to the collection when needed.   Just finished my first project with em,  so far the prismas seem to be working well,  haven't had any of the leads crack so far,  I've used about six of em.