So I have something a bit different today a review of Prismacolor premier coloured pencils which I have been using since April. Although I have had these for a few months, I haven’t used them as much as I would like because sometimes life gets in the way and with exams and starting my new job I haven’t been able to devote as much time as I would like to my art.
I definitely need a LOT more practice using these, but I have been enjoying playing with them so far. Before I got these I was using watercolour pencils instead of coloured pencils because I just didn’t like the feel of all of the ones I tried. They just didn’t feel smooth on the paper and didn’t blend nicely at all. I guess that comes from the general quality though as I hadn’t properly invested in decent pencils before these. I was lucky enough to be given a set of for my birthday and I couldn’t not expand the colour range further so I can definitely say I won’t be going back…
The first set I got was the Prismacolor Premier Manga Coloured Pencil Set (Amazon UK, £13.95 – 11/09/2016 best price I have seen them!) This set includes 18 Soft Core Prismacolor Premier Pencils as well as 5 Prismacolor Verithin Pencils. I absolutely loved these and thought it was a great first set to use.
Soft Core Prismacolor Premier Pencils
The colour range of the Soft Core Pencils is specifically tailored to the manga cartoon style. I don’t really draw in this style, but I still found these very versatile with a nice spectrum of colours that can be applied to many different drawings. Generally there are 2 or 3 shades of each colour range (yellows, reds, greens, etc.) The link to amazon has a picture with the numbers for each colour included.
These pencils feel so soft and smooth to work with and they blend together beautifully. It’s very easy to get an even finish with the colours and transitions between shades. The colour pay off for these is also very true to the packaging, even when only light pressure is used.
Prismacolor Verithin Pencils
The Verithin pencils included are much more limited in colour range, the colours are all very dark or monotone; such as black, burgundy, and brown (numbers shown in picture mentioned above). The point of the verithin pencils is that the core is harder and they sharpen to a much finer point. This should allow them to be better for finer details. Having tried these though I would not necessarily suggest their use for finer details, especially not on top of the soft core pencils. I found that the colour pay off in these was not brilliant, they seemed fairly faint and I just haven’t been reaching for these.
I enjoyed the soft core pencils so much I decided to buy the standard 24 set (Amazon, £14.80 – 11/09/2016). This was a nice choice to complement the Manga set because there were few colour crossovers. The shades are once again very bright and, as you can see from the photographs, combined the sets provide a wide range of each shade.
Along with this I also ordered the Prismacolor colourless blender (Amazon, £3.76 – 11/09/2016). This is a pencil with the same core as the colours, just without the colour pigment. I would have expected because of this, the blender would have the same soft feeling to blend as the pencils. However, it didn’t blend in the way I expected and didn’t leave the finish I like. The difference in finish can be seen in the picture of baby dory. Paler sections were blended with the white pencil and other areas were blended with the colourless pencil. The finish in the latter looks stippled and the colour is not smooth and even.
I have only used this once so far so I will give it another try, it may be that I am not using the right technique, but at the minute I would not recommend it.
Overall, I was not massively impressed by the Verithin pencils or colourless blender, I have had similar finishes and colour pay off from cheap pencil sets, however I highly recommend the soft core pencils which produce a beautiful finish and blend well on their own. I really can’t wait to draw more things with these!
So there we go… I would love to know your opinions of these pencils and see all your artwork no matter what medium so please leave me your links in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
The Mechanic x