Prismacolor Premier

Prismacolor Premier

One of the hardest things to decide is which brand of pencil is right for you. There are so many different brands and types of pencils within those brands for you to choose from. I suggest you purchase a few single pencils to try from each branch to test before you make your choice if you can only afford one type of pencil. Below is a short description of the Prismacolor Premier Pencils, the ones I would recommend if you are just starting out because most tutorials are completed using this brand.

These are the most popular pencils in America and they come in a range of 150 beautiful colours. Apparently they used to be very high quality, but nowadays they are made in Mexico which means that you are better off buying them in person pencil by pencil rather than online. There seems to be no quality control at all. Some of the pencils do not have their leads centred so when you sharpen them you end up with mostly wood exposed and pencil only showing on one side. The other issue that people have had is with breakage, but I have to say I have not had that issue at all. I believe if you use a good quality sharpener that has rotary blades rather than just a single blade, then you will have no issues.

The two sharpeners I own and have had no issues with any pencils with are the following:

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Ledah 11333 Electric Sharpener

 

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Swordfish Ikon Manual Sharpener

 

Prismacolor Premier Pencils are beautiful to use. They are soft and buttery and blend easily. The core is wax based and if you burnish (press really hard to get full coverage) you can sometimes end up with what is called wax bloom – a white filmy sheen over your colours. To fix this issue you can wipe over your image with a soft cloth and then spray a fixative (either workable or final) over the top to stop the bloom from coming back again.

Prismacolor also have a blender pencil which works great with all coloured pencils. Unfortunately there are quality issues with this pencil also, so when you are buying one, make sure it is white not grey. The grey ones don’t work the way they are supposed to, the white ones work great!

Prismacolor Blender Comparison

Prismacolor Blender Comparison

Even given their issues, these pencils are definitely worth the purchase price, especially since most tutorials are completed in Prismacolor pencils. They are really lovely to use and most issues aren’t an issue if you are aware of them first 🙂

 

 

 

 

Please feel free to leave your own opinion about the Prismacolor Premier pencils below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.

 

 

 

Coloured Pencil Publications

Coloured Pencil Publications

There are so many wonderful publications available now to help the beginner Coloured Pencil Artist, it would be impossible to purchase and list them all. These are the ones that I personally own, or have purchased tutorials from, so I can vouch for their wonderful content.

PDF Kits and Tutorials

Magazines

Ebooks and Print Books

Books by Author

Ann Kullberg

 

Amy Lindenberger
Cynthia Knox
Gary Greene
Gemma Gylling
  • CP Cats –  (this is one of my favourites)
Janie Gildow
Kaaren Poole
Kristy Kutch
Lee Hammond
Various Artists

 

Please feel free to leave other publication suggestions and reviews below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.

Coloured Pencil Videos

Coloured Pencil Videos

I am not sure about you, but I learn way quicker when I can actually watch an artist doing their thing. I love watching their process, seeing how they apply the pencils and studying how they think along the way to their final piece. The following sites and youtube videos are some of the best I have come across.

Youtube channels for inspiration

Colouring Book Artists – though not “Fine Art”, these ladies are incredible artists in their own right, they simply choose to express themselves within the pages of gorgeously drawn Adult Colouring Books – well worth a watch!

Please feel free to leave your own suggestions for inclusion on this page. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.

 

 

Coloured Pencil Groups

Coloured Pencil Groups

Coloured Pencil groups and the wonderful people that belong to them and probably the best way to get to know what Coloured Pencil art is all about. You can watch the gorgeous creations being posted and read all of the conversations and opinions on the different coloured pencil topics being discussed. When you feel the time is right for you, you can start asking questions and you will receive many wonderful, helpful responses to your questions. Once you have created your first coloured pencil piece, its then time to take a deep breath and post it in the groups for feedback. Don’t be afraid to take this step because these people are so helpful and happy and willing to view your piece and provide general comment or feedback if you request it. they are never nasty and can be extremely helpful to beginners like us. I hope you enjoy being a part of these groups as much as I do….

Please feel free to suggest other groups below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.