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Offline Willy

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« on: October 11, 2004, 09:10:50 pm »
Well, I have a couple questions about prismacolours (coloured pencils)  if anyone feels like anwsering. Ok, here we go...

1) How much are they? Keep in mind if I get some, I'd probably get the biggest pack I can find, I use A LOT of different colours when I colour.

2) How exactly are they different from the laurentions I use now, or any other coloured pencil for that matter?

3) And here's the big one... Would it be worth it for someone who is still learning to draw, and isn't exceptionally good at any aspect of drawing to get a few to learn to colour with, or should I wait 'till I am more comfortable with colouring?

Ok well thats it... Any help is greatly appreciated, and sorry if I wasted anyones time. Thanks! '<img'>
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004, 09:34:04 pm »
Well, I just bought some prisma colors, so I'll try to help ^_^

1) I don't know how big of a pack you can but with them, but I recently purchused a 60 pack of prisma colors for $25 canadian

2)I find Prisma colors color a lot more smoother than lauentien and crayola, and I find they blend a lot better (good for layering) IMO

3) well, that depends on if you feel like spending the money to buy them. But if you feel you like prisma colors well enough, it may be a good Idea to start off coloring with them, that way you build you talent on them. ^_^

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2004, 12:33:32 am »
Hey Autumnfire, that's good advice you gave :-)

1) I use the Prismacolor Scholars and Laurentiens (I have had that box of Laurentiens for over 12 years, I have yet to completely use a pencil up). Both are less expensive than the expensive Prismacolors, which are softer. I would say either brand is good to start out with. I have a box of the expensive Prismacolors, and those will run you some serious dineros. The other trouble with the expensive ones is that if you drop them, the lead tends to break inside because it is softer than the others :-(

Also, pick up a colourless blender, it's like a pencil crayon without any pigment and works much better at blending than a white pencil crayon.

2) I don't think there is a real physical difference between the Laurentien and Scholar Prismas. They are both good pencils. Different brands of pencil crayons use different material for the binder - some use wax (like these two) and others use vegetable oil. I used Crayolas a long time ago, and they are not bad, but not as good as the other two...I don't know why, maybe it's just a personal preference :-)

3) It is totally worth it to buy a box of Prisma Scolar pencils :-) It is totally worth it to buy any kind of art material, even if you're not a very good artist now. The only way to find out how to learn is to "do" with art, even if the result isn't what you hoped for.

You might want to check out http://www.cpchallenge.com for advice on using pencil crayons too. I'm sure you'll find them very enjoyable to use!

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004, 11:00:55 am »
I've got a box of 13 (ok, it came as a 12, but I found a gray pencil to make 13) Crayolas with me now, but I've used Prismacolors before for school, and they are sooo nice. I think I heard they're oil-based colors, which is why they blend so nicely.
I ought to pick up a box, even if it's only a 12-pack. I've ben thinking that mixing colored pencil and marker in a piece for added detail/shadow/highlight might be worth trying for me.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2004, 03:06:40 pm »
I've used several kinds of pencils and pastels and found that Prismacolors are by far the best, in my opinion....they are smooth and blend well.....the chalk doesn't break and the oil stays together...I've used other brands and found that the pencils were either too waxy or too brittly and other brands of pastels just crumble apart....
I'd suggest you go and buy the biggest box of prismacolors you can find - make money be no issue - it's worth the expensiveness...
oh, and as you being a beginner, you will never get comfortable coloring if you aren't happy with the pencils you have now - I thinks it's best to start with the best....
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2004, 06:41:26 pm »
I just bought a set myself (pics coming soon...new scanner!!'<img'>.  unfortunately, I'm one of those people that are too heavy-pawed on the pencil sharpener.  i've lost quite a bit of length on a couple from breaking lead.

i paid over 40 bucks for a set of 48

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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2004, 07:06:30 pm »
Prismacolor Colored Pencils ussually run for about a dollar a pencil (or about $140 for a 120 set, which is the largest they sell)...that price varies a bit from Art Store to Art Store...try shopping around and find out about sales or store coupons...it's a long shot but if theres a Micheals or an A.C. Moore around go there, and check the fine arts aisles...they ussually come out with a 40% off coupon every once in a while for a sale...I'd say look for a coupon in the Sunday paper, or ask when and how at the stores ('cause the stores, atleast Micheals can't give them to customers)...the pencils are worth their price, but if you can get'um cheaper than I'd suggest you do...=3 (BTW...I work at Micheals...that how I know so much...=P)



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