Picking Colored Pencils

04/08/2019

I've been buying colored pencils these few weeks, but haven't gotten all of them yet. For now, I am good with the ones I've got and pretty happy with all of them. I bought Caran D'Ache oil and water based, Faber Castell Polychromos, Staedtler water based and regular, Prismacolor Premiere and Muji Colored pencils. I am hoping to get Derwent next, but it seems like Taiwan doesn't sell them. So I have to buy them from Amazon.

If you take a colored pencil class, the teacher might tell you to get a specific brand and type of colored pencils, because that particular brand works for them. If you want to create art for yourself using colored pencils, I would suggest buy the brand and type that you like. You will be happier that way.

Picking colored pencils by their brand and type is one thing, it's also important to develop the skill to use them. If you don't have the skill to use Faber Castell Polychromos for example, then it's not worth it, because you might use it once or twice and then put it away forever. So before you go out and buy certain brand and type of colored pencils watch some youtube videos on how to use them, how they work and how other artists review them. As well as read tutorial books about colored pencils to get to know the colored pencils. It would help you a great deal in picking the right colored pencils for yourself.

If you stop drawing with colored pencils after taking a colored pencils class, then buy the cheapest colored pencils at your local stationery stores like Staples or drug stores like Rite Aide if you are in Los Angeles. If you are in Taiwan you can get them at a random stationery store or Muji. Or you can also buy them from www.amazon.com.

I am training myself to become a colored pencil teacher and I don't want to force my students to get expensive colored pencils when it's not necessary. Unless some students are super passionate about colored pencils like me then go all out and try as many brands of colored pencils as possible. 

The types of paper are important too, because they bring out different effects of drawings for any type and brand of colored pencils. If you draw on rough sketchbook papers the pigments would not come out vibrant and takes longer to blend. If you use a smooth paper the pigments would be more vibrant. I use regular sketchbooks to practice some drawings then I use French illustration paper to create illustrations that I want to post on social media or to prepare to join gallery shows.

Let's move on and talk about each type of colored pencils I bought and used, I started by buying Staedtler regular colored pencils and they draw very light almost like pastel. Then I use Staedtler watercolor colored pencils, they are a little bit more vibrant than the regular Staedtlers. Next I use Caran D'Ache watercolor pencils, if you use them without water they are pretty vibrant, but you need to push harder to get the vibrance. When you add water and use them to draw on smooth paper the effect looks really good. Next up is Caran D'Ache Pablos they are oil based colored pencils and they are a lot more vibrant than the water based Caran D'Ache. Works very well on smooth French illustration paper. As for Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Premieres they are actually work really well on both rough and smooth papers. Last but not least are the Muji Colored pencils. These colored pencils are wax based and they work better on smooth paper, but if you mix Muji with Prismacolor Premieres they will work wonders on sketchbook paper.

You can try as many types of colored pencils you want, but if you don't have the skill to use any of them. It won't be any fun. So in my next blog post, I am going to try to post how I use the colored pencils.

Until my next blog post, play with some cheap colored pencils and see how you like them.