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Polychromos by Faber-Castell

Polychromos are by far my favorite pencils. They are oil based and have a hard lead that holds a sharp point.

Polychromos are not very opaque so when working with them you want to draw from light to dark. While you would use some kind of blending technique with the creamier pencils you layer Polychromos. With many light handed layers you build up the colors until you achieve your desired result.

Prismacolor Premier

Prismacolors are wax based. They have a soft core and lay down very creamy.

Prismacolors are the cheapest pencils on my list. I rather burnish my Prismacolor drawings than use the layering methode. Only bummer: the wax bloom! Yeah I really hate this. Use a tissue paper to get rid of it, and use a fixative after finishing your artwork.

Luminance by Caran d’Ache

Luminance are the most expensive pencils on this list.

They have a creamy texture to it, but on some surfaces they have a chalky feel – which is nothing I really like. But I got the tip to use the polychromos as a first layer and then work the Luminance on top.

I got my full set of Luminance right before the 2016 DRAWember challenge and had fun experimenting with them during the challenge.

Pablo by Caran d’Ache

I have no experience with these pencils right now. But when others talk about them, they see it as a great alternative to the Polychromos pencils. They are not as waxy as the luminance are and they are cheaper than the lumiance. So try them out 😀

Derwent Artists

– no personal experience with these pencils –

Derwent Coloursoft

I got a small set of Coloursoft to try them out. They are kind of creamy and lay down easily. But I can’t layer them as I can with the Polychromos and Prismacolor and Luminance. So I gave up on them, and use the other three brands. I know some of you really like them, and they are among your favorite pencils, so this is why I listed them here too.

Try them our for yourself. And tell me your experience with them.

Derwent Drawing

– no personal experience with these pencils –

Lyra Polycolor

– no personal experience with these pencils –

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