Review: Micador Metallic Pencils.

As you know Micador, and Australian art supply company, market my favourite budget coloured pencils, namely Micador ColouRush.  recently i got a hold of  a new type of pencil sold under their name called Micador Metallic.  The set features twelve pencils in a very nice colour range quite true to their barrel colours. I particularly love the dark silvery gray, the purple and that bright cobalt blue. The cores are a little hard as are many metallic pencils I have tried but certainly not horribly hard and the points stay nice and sharp for a long time between sharpening.  I quite love these, they are excellent for accents and detail work in the finer art work such as in in Johanna Basford’s books.  They give a nice soft, shimmery unique palette that is fun to play with.  I am currently working on the picture above.  As you can see the colours layer very well up to three or four layers which is all I feel you’ll need.  I’m happy with the shading and blending, particularly on the fox’s backs and on the stag head.  I think I will probably complete this picture with a blush of red orange pastels.  The slick surface of the metallic pencils should resist the pastels nicely and I anticipate no problems with this.  I like these pencils a lot.  You’ll see these pop up again in my future work.

What metallic pencils have you tried and what do you think about them.  Leave a comment below and let me know. 🙂

 

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The black dyed wood looks a little odd but does accentuate the metallic nature of the pencils.

19 Comments

  1. Nido

    Hi Peta,

    Do the pencils have colour names? Can you list them out? Would be very helpful for its more common Marco sibling that dont comes with colour names.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Sorry, these pencils don’t have individual names. But i have a YouTube video which will be available shortly where I have all the colours swatched out for you to see.

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  2. Susan D.

    Are these pencils available outside of Australia?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I don’t believe so, Susan. I know Micador do ship internationally but it is quite expensive. Faber Castell and Derwent also make sets of metallic pencils that may be more available. I have Youtube video which will be available shortly where I demonstrate the different varieties of metallic pencils available.

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    2. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Nice find, Nido. Apart from from the hexagonal barrels they look to be the identical colours of my Micador set.

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      1. Chaypeta (Post author)

        Oh my! I scrolled down the product description and look what i found! (I’m sure it’s a mistake.) Check my la artistino page on Face Book for a print screen of it. 🙂

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        1. Nido

          Haha…sometimes Chinese to English Translation from a e-translator can just turn out to be awfully funny and weird. Best is actually to get someone who knows both translate them. 😛

          But still…the Marco version comes in both Hexagon and Triangle barrels, but is harder to find the triangle barrels so it end up to be more costly then Hexagon one. And in Marco’s Website, they mentioned they have it in Jumbo version as well, but i havent seen them on Ebay. The Common Hexagon version is going in Ebay at about $3 to $5 USD for a pack of 12 colours.

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  3. Astrid

    Haven’t tried any metallic pencils except the ones from the polychromos and prismacolors and they don’t look as metallic as they should be, I think, I don’t like them at all, so I’m withheld to buy others.

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  4. Luz

    Hello Peta!
    I just finish watching your you tube video about the metallic colored pencils. You asked if the Faber castell come in a set of 12 to let you know I saw that it’s available in Amazon. These are the colors:
    Asteroid Gray
    Silver
    Stardust Teal
    Copper
    Gold
    Starlight
    Purple Cosmos
    Comet Red
    Solar Flare Red
    Blue Stratosphere
    Moonbeam Blue
    Martian Green
    Hope this is helpful. Love the way your picture from enchanted forest is looking so far, can’t wait to see how it looks when finish. Thanks for the video. I think I’m going to give the metallic pencils a try. Thanks again for your help.

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    1. Samantha G.

      I have the set of these Faber Castellan metallics and like them. They are very shimmery and are quite soft to use not hard coded. The colors are lovely too.

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  5. Reva Sharon

    Hi Peta,
    I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the Eifel tower image, what I can see so far is truly beautifu. I was scrolling on the web and came across a tutorial about how to color skin and hair. I stopped by and saw it was the image from Daydreams that took my breath away when you worked on the profile in that book. This other one was done by someone named Chris Cheng. It was so far below the quality and artistry of yours. I just wanted to let you know. The profile you are working on is so beautiful I think about it often and try to imagine how wonderful it will be when you complete your work on it.
    For everyone who is interested in the metalic pencils, if they go to Amazon and just type in metalic pencils, I fould almost two full pages of sources for them. They range from Crayola to Faber Castel. And there is a wide selection of prices.
    As you always say, Happy Coloring! Reva

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  6. Nido

    Hi Peta,

    I just noticed something weird about my Marco Metallic Pencils, but im not sure if its just me. As i find them slightly more “bling” after being left awhile (my case a few days). Not sure if there might be the case of its twin brother.

    Still…i like my Gold and Silver from my Faber Castell’s Watercolour pencils. And the fact that i choose FC Watercolour pencils over Steadtler’s is due to its gold and silver and i brought their 48 pencils set. And the gold and silver are pretty bling, even after you add water to them, as they contains glitter powder, so need to be careful when touching the gold and silver. But im not sure if those from FC classic is as bling as the watercolour version.

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  7. Tracy

    I just watched your video on these too and I don’t know why I never thought to look for metallic pencils (other than the ones that came in the polychromos and prismacolor sets) – interesting. I did get quite hooked on metallic and glittery gel pens heading into Christmas. I let all that glittery goodness fly in a Christmas coloring book for about 2 months (ornaments and snowflakes just scream out to be sparkly!) 🙂

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  8. Reva Sharon

    Hi {eta.
    I must apologize, in my previous message I wrote that your coloringon the face in Daydreams was a profile, but it is a full face. Sorry! The face that Chris Cheng was working on was a profile. Still, your technique is so much more exciting and beautiful.
    Best,
    Reva

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  9. Cleo Fraser

    I have a small collection of metallics, made by Raffines. They’re all called…’Metallic Color 5101 Marco’. There’s no individual names &/or colour names.
    Haven’t had a need to use them yet much, yet, but they look like nice colours. They lay down like the Marco Raffine’s pencils & shading Is harder with these pencils,mbut they were priced as Budget pencil, so I don’t use them a lot.

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  10. Cathy

    Hi Peta

    My first set of Metallics were Texta brand a 12 pack brought off ebay for $5.00 delivered. I think the colours lay down well, I’ve coloured the Dragonfly in Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom and very happy with it. I’ve tried another cheap set Jemark. I wouldn’t recommend these ones.

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  11. Rachel

    I’ve been a bit disappointed with some of the metallic pencils I’ve tried – they’re not nearly as metallic as I’d like. A recent acquisition are the gold, silver and copper polychromos metallic pencils. I’m not overly impressed with the gold and silver, but love the copper.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I tried these pencils in the Polychromos range and I completely agree with you. I would buy the copper but I won’t be rushing out any time soon to get the silver or gold. The best metal mencils I’ve found are the Prismacolours and the Mitsubishi 88’s. Micador’s ColouRush are nice and soft but not super dense as they are student brand, not artist.

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