Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Prismacolor colored pencils

Prismacolor colored pencils

These Prismacolor colored pencils are the first such pencils I bought about 6 or 7 years ago. I initially purchased a few individual colors as open stock from a local hobby store, then went crazy and bought a set of like... a million or so from eBay. Didn't have a use for all of the colors in the giant set and ended up giving half of them away to a co-worker's daughter who liked to draw Anime.

Overall, I find the leads inconsistent - ranging in extremes from soft and creamy to brittle and waxy. As I no longer have the original box, and knowing that Prismacolor currently has several different kinds of colored pencils available, I had to do a bit of creative Googling to figure out that these are from the Premier line.

Blue & Green Mandala

My patience runs thin when creating art with pencils and so I only pull these out now and again to color in the occasional mandala. Though the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils are a bit more expensive, every pencil I've tried has been soft & buttery and I love that I can use them with water. If you ask me, I say skip these and try a better pencil that allows for a greater range of creative versatility.

5 comments:

Connie said...

Thanks for the review. I am just learning to draw (other than random doodling), and I almost bought some of these. I am glad I didn't.

B2-kun said...

Hmm, I own several Prismacolor Premier sets myself mostly because I can't say no to clearance deals and my collector's compulsion. Yet these pencil sets do have the annoying tendency of having a couple of pencils with cracked broken leads that render their entire length useless. That has never been a problem with any of my Faber Castell Albrecht Durer or Polychromos pencils or even Derwent pencils for that matter. The Prismacolor Premier colored pencils are widely available and generally perform better than the children grade colored pencils, but they might not be the most reliable choice among the professional artist grade colored pencils brands.

Monica said...

hi,
i've been searhing for watercolour pencils for a while. i bought derwent and i might be doing somehting wrong but hardly any pigment comes out.
i just purchased Caran D'Ache Individual Supracolor Soft Aquarelle Pencils, and am waiting to receive them. have you any experience with those?
i'm limited by what ships out to me to what i can buy. but Caran D'Ache are supposed to be great quality?

Biffybeans said...

Monica - sorry for the delayed response. How are you using the pencils that they aren't laying down a lot of pigment? I've only used Derwent Inktense and they are highly pigmented. No experience w/ Caran D' Ache....

Ellen said...

I bought a 24 box of these recently! The box says Prismacolor Premier, and I felt kind of cornered as that is all the store had basically and I hadn't read this (or known you!) at the time but I agree and I won't be buying them again. The leads on two of them broke down in the cedar almost right out of the box and I instantly had half the pencil after resharpening all the way down to it. It's not like they are 10 cents each so I was a bit surprised at the quality. I noticed a slight wobble on another one just as I put it to the paper, which would've made a wreck if I was pressing harder, and it was also broken down in the cedar a ways. Indeed the leads are inconsistently too soft as well. I'm pretty new to using colored pencil but I don't think these are very user friendly or worth the cost in my humble opinion. I'm seeking other options for any future buys. Thanks for the reviews!

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