|colored pencil on paper, Pumibel 2013|
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Today I will discuss Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier and Verithin, Derwent Studio and Artist lines, and Koh-I-Noor Progresso woodless colored pencils. I own and use all of these brands, and I have extensive experience with them. So grab your coffee, tea, wine, or whatever now, and make yourself comfortable because this is going to be a long one (but extremely informative I promise!).
Faber-Castell Polychromo Colored Pencils
Many of my fellow colored pencil (CP) artists love Polychromos for their sturdy cores and smooth application, and after using them for a couple of years, I have to agree. I have a relatively small collection of this brand compared to my massive supply of Prismas, but that is because the Polychromos are more expensive. Let me throw out some basic specs for the brand before I go into detail:
- Oil-based cores (I'll get to why this matters)
- 120 colors matching other Faber-Castell lines (color charts available here)
- Excellentl Lightfast ratings, vary by pigment
- Sold in sets and open-stock
- Price range per pencil: $1.71 to $2.85 (Jerry's, Dick Blick, maybe around $1.45 if you buy in bulk online)
|I used a variety of colored pencil brands to complete this painting|
- 150 colors matching other Prismacolor lines (color info here)
- Has colorless blender
- Sold in sets and open-stock.
- Easiest artist-grade colored pencil to find in the U.S
- Lightfastness varies by pigment, info available at the Prismacolor site
- Average price per pencil: $1.20-$1.39 online (Jerry's and Dick Blick, cheaper in bulk, of course)
|This is a sharp pencil tip that will not snap off immediately! |
Prismacolor Chartreuse (PC989) sharpened with my Desert Song
|These are the ones I use mostly- I have more stashed away in boxes!|
|"Faces of Fluffer" |
CP on bond (each rectangle is ATC sized).
I used Prismacolor Premier and Verithin pencils
Derwent Colored Pencils
- Studio and Artists colored pencils
- Derwent Colored Drawing pencils
- Derwent Water Soluble (watercolor) Pencils
- InkTense Water Soluble Pencils (pigmented ink core)
- Metallic Water Soluble Pencils
Derwent Artist's and Derwent Studio Lines
- 120 colors (Derwent color chart)
- 4 mm core
- Available in sets and open stock
- 72 colors (color chart)
- 3.7 mm core
- Available in sets and open stock
- long-lasting- no wood case, just a solid colored pencil core with some sort of micro coating to keep your hands clean
- Thick, strong core, sharpens in standard size sharpener
- Beautiful, bold color
- Great for details and shading large areas
- oil-based (no wax bloom)
- CHEAP- 24 color set around $15 and 12 color set about $8; Blick has open stock for 75 cents!
- Only 24 colors in the range (what's up with that Koh-I-Noor?)
- Harder to blend (layering a must here)
- They will break if you drop them on a hard floor or step on them
- The white really sucks for burnishing
- Assume they are not very lightfast. Why? because I have no clue, and you can only get the test results for free through the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) if you are a member. I am not, so my cheap ass has to rely on the kindness of those who have this information and are willing to share it in the comments.
|Get it Fluffer!|