So this took a lot longer then I originally expected but its finally finished! Daft Punk in Polychromo and Prismacolor pencils with gel white pens for highlights on Strathemore tan paper. All the reflections were quite a challenge but it was a lot of fun. This was my first time using Strathemore tan paper and I like it a lot, will definitely be using it again in the future.
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These are the materials I used. I mixed between Prismacolor and Faber Castel Polychromo pencil sets. Both of these pencil sets are really enjoyable to use with vibrant colours and they blend so well. Only downside to the Prismacolors is the inner crayon cracks quite a lot. These Pencils are extremely time consuming as well since there is a lot of layering but it does create quite a smooth and fluid effect. I also used some gel white pens to use for white highlights in certain areas.
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I have been wanting to buy this pencils for a few months now and finally got around to it a few weeks ago. Prismacolor premier pencils have quickly become some of the best if not the best colour pencils on the market. They definitely are the best colour pencils I have ever used. I normally stay away from colour pencils as they often don’t allow you to get smooth blends and vibrant colours, showing a lot of the paper underneath. However these pencils are completely different. The pencils are extremely smooth and waxy, almost similar to oil pastels but not to quite that extent.
I bought the 42 pencil set, and I’m glad I made that decision. These pencils work best by layering colours on top of each other. This helps in creating smooth blends and graduation in tone. This would be a lot harder to achieve with a smaller set as there are less colors for you to begin with making it hard to colour match when layering. So I would definitely say go for the 42 set or higher.
The only issue I have had so far is that due to the softness of the crayon they do break easily. I bought mine online from the U.S and it can almost be guaranteed that it was dropped and thrown around on its way over. I have read you can leave them in the sun and attempted to melt them back together although I haven’t tried this yet.
I cannot recommended these pencils enough! There is a learning curve involved like any new medium and I have only scratched the surface. But as soon as you pick them up you can see what these pencils are capable of.