Like most artists, I have a long list of items on my To Be Purchased list. Top on that list are colored pencils.
Among my most desired colored pencils are Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I’ve wanted to try these oil-based colored pencils since first learning of them years ago.
Another pencil high on my list is Caran d’ache Luminance pencils and my curiosity was first sparked by this video review.
But neither set is inexpensive, so which to choose first?
The following review comparing these pencils provides a basis on which to make a decision. The review is provided by Emmy Kalia on YouTube. Emmy’s YouTube channel and her web site feature tutorials in colored pencils and graphite with a special focus on human subjects. Some of her most interesting videos are about drawing hair and skin tones.
A helpful comparison.
I’m most interested in the ability to draw with an eraser after laying down color with both pencils. I’ve found some ways to lift color with Prismacolor, but it’s nowhere near as easy as Emmy makes it look in this video.
Drawing with a knife—a process known as sgrafitto—is also intriguing. I’ve done a little of this with Prismacolor pencils but have never been very happy with the results. Perhaps I’m just using the wrong pencils!
But what about choosing which pencils to buy first?
My heart is still set on a set of Polychromos. I’ve been wanting those for years.
But I’m once again drawn by the prospect of being able to draw light over dark and you can’t do that with Polychromos.
If you’ve used either of these pencils, share your thoughts on why you would—or wouldn’t recommend them to another artist.