Hi again. One of the most common questions I get asked is advice on what pencil brand to choose for colouring. I decided, after months of writing out a response to everyone individually, that I would demonstrate the answer in a video for you all to see. This video is the result of many weeks of planning and the selection of pencils based on what I had and what I have deduced are reasonably well distributed so that most people would have access to at least a few of them. In the end I went with Prismacolor Premier, Faber Castell Polychromos and Derwent Artist for my artist quality pencils. Now I know that many of you may be disappointed that I haven’t included your favourite brand or the brand that you have been considering. Unfortunately I don’t own any Lyra’s or Caran d’Ache or any others of the alternate brands of beautiful pencils out there. So I can’t comment on them. If I were to come by them I would certainly review them but, at the moment, my budget doesn’t allow for more professional artist sets.
For my budget brands I started with a set of no-name childrens pencils from a department store (Target). There is a reason these things have no name on them… no pencil manufacturer with any sense of pride would ever own up to making such rubbish. Hard, patchy lay down and forget any hope of blending or layering. These things will spend their days donated to a clinic waiting room I think. As for the others I did purchase a set of Crayolas (which i got discounted $5 for a pack of 36 colours) out of curiosity seeing as so many people use them and like them. I have a 48 set of Faber Castell Classics so that was thrown into the mix to compare Faver Castell’s student brand to their Artist brand. Then the increasingly popular Chinese budget brand Marco Raffine in a show down with the German and U.S. pencils. And finally my much loved Micador ColouRush made up the eight.
The pencil showdown was held using a mandala picture from Color Me Calm divided into eight slices with each slice coloured identically but with a different pencil brand. I chose this book as the page quality and tooth are fairly representative of most colouring books and it held up pretty well.
The video over run it’s original time estimates by… quite a bit. It turned out to be almost an hour long . But I decided not to edit it any further as I wanted to give you a deep dive on each of these pencils where you see me colour each and every section, although, of course, many sections are sped up after the initial colouring and assessment.
Although opinions may differ, I personally love the Polychromos best although each of the three artist pencils performed well. Out of the budget brands I’m afraid I’m still lovin’ my Micadors. The colours are just that bit brighter, the leads are softer and the blending is slightly easier. Although if I didn’t have them any one of the other three budget brands would have been fine.
I hope you enjoy it. Leave your thoughts below and what type brand of pencil does it for you.