Monday, December 21, 2009

Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils vs. Derwent Inktense

Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils on Clairefontaine watercolor paper.

Derwent Inktense Pencils

Derwent Inktense pencils on Clairefontaine watercolor paper.

Inktense vs. Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils.

I'm still trying to learn how to use these different watersoluble pencils and I thought a side by side comparison might be helpful but I'm not exactly sure I learned anything more about either of them. I am aware that these are two different kinds of pencils - the AD being watercolor and the Inktense becoming permanent once dry.

This is what I know so far:

1. It is easier to wash out the original lines with the AD pencils than the Inktense
2. Once dry, Inktense pencils become permanent and I've yet to be able to work over top of the dried surface in any way that's pleasing to me.
3. One wet Inktense color next to another tends to stay put while the AD pencils may bleed & run into one another.
4. When wet, Intense colors are a little easier to control than the AD.
5. AD pencils seem to blend much cleaner on the paper.
6. Of note, the AD pencils have worked well on all kinds of paper, even super smooth with little to no tooth.

I still have the feeling that I still don't really know what I'm doing with the Inktense pencils.....

7 comments:

Mandy said...

Hi, so there's the AD review...I was anxiously waiting for it...hehe. Well, I notice another difference and I don't think it's to blame to your scanner/camera. See where you mixed the red and the blue of both the AD and the Inktense...the purple that comes out is much more purple for the AD pencils than for the Inktense pencils. The Inktense mixed purple seems more brownish. This could indicate purer pigments on the AD side. I bought a set of AD last week (36 colors) and I find that to be true for many colors and now that I see it in your test as well, I suspect AD pencils have better pigment and less filler.

Anna said...

Just like to add... a good number of the Albrecht Durer pencils have the highest lightfastness rating (tested in museum conditions) and most of the rest are decently lightfast. The Inktense pencils are not lightfast at all, which is understandable as they are ink pencils rather than watercolour.

Anonymous said...

Given the work you've shown, I don't think you know what you're doing with anything...

Biffybeans said...

Anonymous - I do not believe that someone has to be an expert to buy any type of art supplies or to offer their experiences with them during a review - given that many people wanting to purchase them have varying levels of experience.

Andy Park said...

Great review!!!

I have currently the Inktense pencils and considering in buying the AD pencils.

Are the AD pencils as smooth as the Inktense when drawing? I think the Intense are exceptionally smooth.

Anonymous said...

"Given the work you've shown, I don't think you know what you're doing with anything..." - that was harsh/a bit uncalled for, don't you think..

Thanks for taking the time to make this review - all of us are at different stages in how much we know about making art, but I commend you for trying to share knowledge and by starting this website.

Anonymous said...

"Given the work you've shown, I don't think you know what you're doing with anything..." - that was harsh/a bit uncalled for, don't you think..

Thanks for taking the time to make this review - all of us are at different stages in how much we know about making art, but I commend you for trying to share knowledge and by starting this website.

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