I’m sorry that it has been awhile since my last post. As you can see, I have been working on coloring my most recent illustrations. The first part of this post primarily focuses on colored pencils, so if you aren’t that interested in colored pencils then you can skip that section to get to the art at the end.
Colored Pencil Review:
Last Friday, I decided to purchase the Prismacolor Premier® Verithin® Colored Pencils to supplement my Prismacolor Premier® Soft Core Pencils that I bought a few weeks ago. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are artist grade colored pencils with very descriptive and accurate names.
- The Verithin pencils are very thin and hard, and are ideal for detail work. I like that these pencils are tough and can take pressure well, which means that they don’t require an obscene amount of resharpening. This trait makes them highly portable, and ideal for coloring on the go.
- The soft core pencils are soft and highly blendable, making them perfect for mixed media work and general use. While they were pretty darn expensive, compared to regular colored pencils (Crayola, etc.) for the most part, I think they were worth it. I will say however, that the soft core pencils can be annoyingly hard to sharpen (they are very soft making them easy to break) and I recommend buying a nice quality pencil sharpener to get the job done.
If you want more information about these products, you can visit the Prismacolor website:
Prismacolor Colored Pencils: http://www.prismacolor.com/products/colored-pencils
After doing some research, I found that the best value is in buying the pencils in sets. The Verithin pencils only come in 36 colors, so my set is complete. The Soft Core pencils come in 150 colors, so I have a long way to go as I purchased the tin of 48. As such, I will either break down and buy the whole set some day, or I will just supplement my collection with individual pencils. (At art stores like Blick, you can buy individual soft core pencils at~ $1 each.)
I bought my sets off Amazon:
- Soft Core Colored Pencils 48 Tin: (~$36) http://amzn.to/1baGuDP
- Verithin 36 Count Pack: (~$19) ttp://amzn.to/ZTITD9
Note: If you are just starting out with coloring your illustrations, I recommend that you begin with regular old Crayola colored pencils, as they are a great value given the quality and price. Once you feel confident with your technique, you can work your way up to the more expensive pencils. In order to produce an appreciable difference from regular colored pencils, such artist quality pencils require a great deal of practice and technique. –Having said that… Since I am still refining my coloring technique, my pricey pencils are already getting worn down as I practice. In the wise words of Sailor Moon…Do as I say.. not as I do. 🙂
Here is a link to Crayola Colored Pencils on Amazon… as I said they are very inexpensive in comparison.
Crayola 50 Count Pack: ($9) http://amzn.to/19Nne1e
(Disclaimer: I am not a Prismacolor or Crayola representative, nor was I compensated in any way to create this blog post. I just wanted to give you guys a bit of information in case you were interested in purchasing these products.)
Anyway, here are the results of my coloring frenzy:
1. Feminine Abstract in Reds: Illustration on toned cardstock. Colored using various markers, Verithin and Soft Core colored pencils.
2. Feminine Abstract in Blues: Illustration on toned cardstock. Colored using various markers, Verithin and Soft Core colored pencils.
3. Nekomimi: Original drawing using Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils on black cardstock.
4. Flora: Illustration on toned cardstock. Colored using Prismacolor Soft Core colored pencils.
5. Bubble Mermaid: Illustration on white cardstock. Colored using Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils. (I actually colored this one while I was at Universal Studios.)
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