Prismacolor Colored Pencil Review and Full Color Illustrations

Hello Friends!

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:


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)
  • Verithin 36 Count Pack: (~$19) ttp://

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)

(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.

Feminine Abstract in Reds. Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©

2. Feminine Abstract in Blues: Illustration on toned cardstock. Colored using various markers, Verithin and Soft Core colored pencils.

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Feminine Abstract in Blues. Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©

3. Nekomimi: Original drawing using Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils on black cardstock.

Nekomimi. Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©

4. Flora: Illustration on toned cardstock. Colored using Prismacolor Soft Core colored pencils.

flower hair
Flora. Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©

5. Bubble Mermaid: Illustration on white cardstock. Colored using Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils. (I actually colored this one while I was at Universal Studios.)

Bubble Mermaid. Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©

I hope that the information contained in this post was helpful to someone out there. 🙂 If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!

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Copyright Notice:

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Thank You!

26 thoughts on “Prismacolor Colored Pencil Review and Full Color Illustrations

  1. I’ve always loved Prismacolor colored pencils! I have the soft core pencils though. I usually use them on colored or toned canson paper when I use them. They’re the best! That said, I think you’re right about using crayola first. I used crayola or prang (can’t remember which) in high school. I thought I got great results too. But once I got to try prismacolor, it made me appreciate artist grade materials.


  2. Thank you for liking my post and leading me here. I love working with coloured pencils – they are a slow medium so you just have to relax! By the way Crayola pencils are great value but not as light fast as the Prismacolor ones which are my favourite. I love how you’ve combined markers with pencils for impact. 🙂


  3. I just started using watercolor pencils I’ve had stashed away for years (duh!) but I don’t get the intensity of color that you do. I know you’re also using markers, maybe that’s how you do it. Your colors are wonderful, very inspiring work.


  4. Hi! Thanks for following my blog. I find yours quite interesting! I never learned to draw, but that doesn’t mean I can’t now! I am a creative sort, after all. You give me inspiration! 🙂


  5. Hi thanks for recommending the pencils. My husband is getting them for me for christmas. Love your work. You are a very talented inspiring young lady. I sent a link to your blog to my 16yr old niece. She is very creative and artistic. I know she will love your blog!!!Keep up the good work. Look forward to your posts. Mary Rose


    1. Hi Mary Rose, Thanks so much for your kind words and thanks for sharing my blog! With the Prismacolor colored pencils, you are really in for a treat. Artist grade colored pencils are really a game changer. I would definitely suggest getting an electric sharpener though. It helps a lot! -Audrey

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  6. I have just brought a set of premier soft core and fined they will not sharpen even using the wright sharpener.i also brought the verithin set the sharpening of these where no good I ended up withonly halfa pencil if I new how to send them back to I wood

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    1. Hi Vivienne, Yes, I am definitely aware of that issue. While I love that the pencils are soft and have very rich colors, I hate how easily they break. It took me a long time to figure out how to sharpen them and I still have issues occasionally. I have heard of three tips to help with this problem. 1) Use an electric sharpener to sharpen it to a sharp point. 2)Don’t press too hard. Burnish using a colorless blender. Additionally, I have found that Faber Castell’s Polychromos don’t suffer from this problem as much. Hope that helps. -Audrey


  7. In our house we’re Crayola Twistables peeps but that’s because our girls lose them frequently. However as they get older and more confident in their creations we will be looking to buy them proper artists colouring pencils. Thanks for sharing this post. Jean

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    1. That is a great idea! It is a great idea to get started with inexpensive materials while you are honing your craft. I only recently started using artist grade colored pencils. I’ve been a Crayola girl all my life! If you would like, check out my free printable coloring books for your girls…
      Volume 2:


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