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« on: February 19, 2005, 10:12:14 pm »
Anyone know the Brand name of some good colored pencils?
Im lookin for the kind that smudge easaly.

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2005, 10:17:13 pm »
Coloured pencils that smudge easily? Hmm...
First thing that comes to mind is Prismacolor coloured pencils. Soft leads so the smudge/ blend easily. They're expensive, but worth the price. That's the only type of soft lead coloured pencil I know of though.  '<img'>
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2005, 10:32:17 pm »
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2005, 10:36:01 pm »
Yes, Prismacolours are very nice for blending. But, I think they have oil-based pigments, so I don't think they'd work too well if you try to blend say, Crayolas over top of them if you had more color options in the Crayolas because they're less expensive then the Prismas.

I use Crayola colored pencils. They're not the best (see Prismas), but I still like them a lot. But, if you really want blending, Crayolas don't blend very well. I know from experience.
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2005, 10:46:46 pm »
Prismas are very nice--I use them for my color renderings.  They have a  blender pencil that helps to bring things together, and I absolutely love it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2005, 04:50:22 pm »
Derwent all the way for me ':p'. They make chalk pastel pencils that smudge beautifully. They're not cheap, but they are worth the money. Make sure you invest in some fixative too ( or at least an aerosol can of hairspray) otherwise things will smudge everywhere

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2005, 05:47:00 pm »
Another Prismacolor (slash Karismacolor) fan here.

Usually, the oil based ones blend well. So you could also take a look at Caran d'Ache Pablo, and Faber-Castell Polychromos. (I also have a few Pablos, they blend well, but I prefer the Prismas.)

If you have any stores nearby that specialise in art materials, see if they have pencils in open stock (so you can buy them separately instead of per box). Whatever brand it is, it's usually a high quality pencil, and you can give them a try before buying a whole set. And it's a big advantage if you can replace your favorite colors easily, or just get a few specific ones you need for your next project.




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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2005, 07:13:55 pm »
I use good old fashones Leurentins!


...but i want somethin better...no art stores near here ':p'
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2005, 03:02:46 am »
For high quality and bold, lightfast color, use Prismacolors.

For smudging, you may want to consider oil or chalk pastels.

But, in light of the nature of what you're wanting to do, watercolor Prismacolors may be best. You do not have to use water on them, but they smudge a little easier than the other Prismacolors.

Even so, it's extremely easy to blend regular Prismacolors. Watch out when you're buying though. They are NOT Crayola quality. A box of 60 will cost at the least in the US around $45 and as much as $75, dependant upon where you purchase.

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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2005, 05:14:55 am »
Quote (Jaywolf @ Feb. 23 2005, 4:13 pm)
I use good old fashones Leurentins!


...but i want somethin better...no art stores near here ':p'

Yeah, I like them too. But the leads break too easy '<img'>

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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2005, 10:12:37 am »
Prismacolor color pencils by Sanford (or Berol, if you get an older set) are high quality with strong, bright colours. Depending on the paper you use, though, you might get very little smudging quality. The "leads" are slightly waxy, and tend to stick in place. A colourless blender is available in this line, which can help you smudge the edges together. These are usually around US$1.50 per pencil, or cheaper if you buy a bulk set.
Verithin, made by the same company with similar leads, but are harder and the leads are thinner. They tend to hold a very sharp point for a long time. Around US$1.10 per pencil.
Sanford also makes Art Sticks (possibly Art Stix) that have the same colours and textures as the regular Prismacolor line, but in stick form. Good for larger areas. I think these can be purchased in singles for around US$1.20, and cheaper in big sets.
When I want to smudge coloured pencils, I use Derwent watercolour pencils. They're much softer and smoother, but the colours are more subtle (they tend more towards the pastel end.) The neat thing about these is that you can brush on a little bit of clear water, and it slides the pigment around like traditional watercolour paint. US$1.50 per pencil, or large sets are available.
I've tried a bunch of alternatives, but none seem as good. Crayola colour pencils are decent for a start, and at around $7 for a set of 12, they're a cheaper option and readily available here in the USA. However, they're very waxy, and don't have much smudging capability at all.
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