When it comes to artist materials and supplies it is always really difficult to decide which are the best for certain technique or which will suit your style of work the best even if you are an experienced artist let alone if you are just a beginner. Especially when it comes to professional
What I always advise is to experiment of course but since some of the professional
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Faber Castell Color Pencils Polychromos
My absolute favourite and my definite number one are Faber Castells Polychromos
Polychromos are oil-based
The pencils are round,
Tho the lead is oil based its break resistant so you can sharpen them to a very thin point and use for detailed drawing as perfect as you can use them for
Polychromos come in several different sets, 6 pencils set, 12 pencils set, 24 pencils set, 36 pencils set, 60 pencils set and 120 pencils set. They come in a tin box, nice cardboard gift box and the biggest set you can purchase in an amazing wooden box.
Creamy oil-based lead gives an amazing output on the surface allowing you to
Lead is specially strengthened to prevent breakage so you can sharpen them to a very thin point and use for detailed work also you don’t have to worry if your style of drawing is a bit aggressive because even when a lot of pressure is applied the leads do not break.
These are premium quality
Derwent Artists Colored Pencils
Another leader in
Another round barrel pencil with wax-based lead 4mm wide placed in an 8mm quality cedar wood casing. Colour of the casings is racing car green. On each pencil, there is a corresponding colour on the bottom which is a perfect match to the
There is also the name of the country in which the pencils are produced which is England followed by the name of the company and brand name of the pencil, the name of the
Pencils come in several different sets and also are sold individually which is great if you ever need to replace any of them and I am sure you will since each and every artist have his favourite colour or drawing technique which requires using one colour more than the other.
Sets available are 12 pencils set, 24 pencils set, 36 pencils set, 48 pencils set, 72 pencils set and 120 pencils set. The two sets one of 48 pencils and one of 120 pencils can be purchased in nice wooden boxes while others come in a tin box.
These pencils are good for blending and layering so in addition to so many nice pigments you can always create more. Wide wax lead helps you cover big surfaces easily but they
When it comes to layering there is very little blooming after several layers added tho they do happen to flake a bit while you are drawing, that is nothing that cant be overcome just need to use a clean dry brush to remove all the residue from time to time while you are drawing so you don’t smear your drawing.
They have good light resistances so they are good to make art that will last for years to come.
When it comes to the price it is as with any high-quality mediums. All the pigments used for producing the pencils are top quality ones meaning they are expensive which make the pencils a bit expensive but in this case, it is really what you pay is what you get so you get your
Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901
We come to number three on my list. These are my number three not because of less quality than the other two but for limited choice in colours. These are the only
This is a wax based
There is colour name printed in silver letters on the wood casing in two languages, English and Swiss, along with a numerical code correlating to the corresponding colour for easier ordering if you ever need the replacement for any of the pencils.
There is also the Caran Dache Swiss made print along with the brand which is Luminance printed on the pencil and perhaps most importantly there is finally the Lightfast rating. The bottom part of each pencil is coated in exactly the same
Pencils come in several different sets. There are 16 pencils set, 38 pencils set and 76 pencils set in a tin box, 20 pencils set, 40 pencils set and 76 pencils set in a box and the set of 80 pencils in a wooden box containing 76
The big downside of Luminance is the lack of
Pencils are wax based but the lead isn’t soft at all they can still be sharpened to a very thin point and are ideal both for
They blend really well and I used them along with Derwent
The price is in the range of other
Arteza Professional Colored Pencils Review
Number four on my list is Arteza professional
One star means
They only come in two sets and are not sold open stock which is really bad since as we all know each artist has a couple of pencils that are most used and first ran out so in order to replace a few you have to buy a full set. Also sets available are 48 pencils set and 72 pencils set there are no smaller sets and not so many
There is very little flaking or blooming even when multiple layers are applied
The price is very competitive for artist grade pencils which makes them very desirable. The biggest downside of these pencils is the lack of
But the inability to buy pencils open stock is a huge disadvantage. Even so due to quality to price ratio I would still recommend buying and trying these since they have a lot to offer. This is as I said a fairly new company I’m sure they will work on improving and start selling the pencils open stock, wish they also ad some smaller sets for sale. I would never go as far as to compare these to heavy hitters in the
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
We came to number
Wax based lead is silky smooth perfect for blending and layering layer after layer on your drawings. And for those of you that are just starting out, these are perfect because of their very affordable price.
There is a
Pencils come in a tin box in several different sets. The tin box is ideal for protecting the pencils since the lead is really soft and easily breakable. Sets available are 12 pencils set, 24 pencils set, 36 pencils set, 48 pencils set, 72 pencils set, and an amazing 150 pencils set.
This is the creamiest pencil ever with nice bright pigments. It blends perfectly. and glides smoothly on many surfaces leaving a nice creamy trace. With these, if you experiment enough you can almost achieve an oil painting effect in your drawings. It is really a delight using these pencils and you do have so many possibilities to create amazing tones.
On the other hand, the lead is so brittle it breaks so lightly which can be frustrating especially for those of you that tend to be a tad more aggressive in their work. It can sometimes happen that you get the set with the leads already broken due to the transport. They also break so easily while you’re drawing so they are not recommended for detailed drawing.
The only way to sharpen these is with a good electrical sharpener if you try to do it with a regular one or one that’s not that sharp you might end up with half of the pencil in your hand. There is a solution to this problem you can try. Simply leave them standing in the sun for some time so the lead melts and binds inside the pencil a little bit better or heat them in the microwave.
They have very low resistance to light also so you need to add additional protection to your drawings to keep them unchanged as long as you can in
The price is more than acceptable for artist grade pencils. I would go so far and say that they are really cheap for what they have to offer you.
For this particular brand, I would say the pros and cons are pretty much equal pros are: soft wax creamy lead with nice bright pigments, large variety of
Cons are not good lightfastness in a number of