How do you know when to stop buying art stuff? When do you have enough? There are so many gorgeous quality items out there that get me drooling, it’s kind of addictive!
Ok so I’m not an artist in the true sense of the word, I’m a colourist. I colour in other people’s beautiful art work. Do you think it’s a waste of money buying top end artists materials just for colouring? I don’t, I get so much pleasure from colouring, it keeps me mentally balanced and I really enjoy it. My colouring has improved immensely since I started buying artist quality materials. You really do get what you pay for!
So I currently have the full set of Caran D’ache Luminance and 40 Pablos, full set of Polychromos, full set of Prismacolors and the full set of Marco Renoirs. Ok I acknowledge that I have enough pencils LOL I really don’t think there are any more pencils that I want or need I have pretty much the major brands covered so I’m not even going to think about more pencils.
Now I’m thinking backgrounds. I have Ezyshaid and a set of Pebbles Chalks plus some soft pastels. In my last order from the art shop I got a pan pastel to try. Omg they are gorgeous, so soft and velvety and you can layer them up from really pale translucent to dark opaque. They feel like a really good quality product, but they are expensive. You really do get value for money though as a little goes a long way.
I think this will be my next purchase and then I can finally stop and just replace individual pencils as they run out.
I am so happy with all my materials; they give me a lot of pleasure. I work on the basis that reading and colouring are my only hobbies and I don’t drink or smoke so why not indulge myself with a nice quality item occasionally!
I’m on my 3rd picture from Imagimorphia. It’s an awesome book, I love it. It’s just like Animorphia but has a bit more variety in it.
I’m going to buy another copy of both Animorphia and Imagimorphia as I want to colour some of the pictures I have done differently.
I got a few more Caran D’ache Luminance pencils in the post today, they are expensive so I buy a few at a time to increase my colours. I have plenty of colours since I bought the 132 set of prismacolors a couple of weeks ago but I still need more. Does that make me addicted? Lol
Thought I would give you my thoughts on the Caran D’ache Luminance pencils now I have been using them for a week. Please note I’m no expert, this is just my personal opinion.
Ok so they are expensive at AU$4.20 each but they are glorious to use. If a pencil can look pretty, these do and they feel really nice in the hand. As soon as you pick them up you can tell they are amazing quality. They are smooth and velvety with vibrant colours. I think the best thing is that a little bit goes a long way. For example with my prismas I am forever sharpening them because they are so soft the pencil wears down really quickly or they break off. I have been using the Luminance pretty much every day for a week and this morning I had to sharpen 2 for the first time, not because they had worn down much but just to get a sharp point again.
It’s hard to describe what they feel like; the prismas just feel very soft when you use them, maybe a little bit too soft in some colours. Sometimes it’s hard to fill in a small space because they are almost mushy a bit like lipstick (some colours feel softer than others). The Luminance feel firm but they glide over the paper and you can press lightly or harder to get different levels of vibrancy without the lead breaking.
I just had a thought, could climate affect pencil consistency? Here in sub-tropical Queensland would my prismas be softer than say someone in the chilly winter of England? Could heat and humidity affect the pencil? Will do some research on that and report my findings.
I can’t compare them to Polychromos yet as I am waiting on my delivery which should be here in a day or two.
Of course as with any pencil the result you get depends on the quality of the paper as well. I tried the Luminance on several different papers and they performed very well in all tests.
Now to buy these in Australia they are around $350 for 72 which lands in the super expensive category but I think these pencils will last a very long time and are a delight to use so I think I will continue to buy them a few at a time and built my colour range up that way.
Colouring is my only hobby and I get a lot of pleasure and mental health benefits from it. I enjoy using high quality materials, they feel beautiful in the hand and are wonderful to use so for me to spend $20 every so often to get a few new pencils is a lovely treat and well worth the money.
I believe that if you wanted to try these pencils and invested in a set or some individuals you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Colouring is my hobby, I love it and its very good for my mental health. It makes me happy. I dont drink or smoke or spend my money on anything else. I now have a heap of great colouring books and supplies but I want to get this amazing set of Faber Castell pencils in a wooden box. This set is beautiful and amazing and will last years but as with any high quality art item it is expensive.
I think I can justify spending this sort of money for colouring, having the best quality pencils makes it so much more fun and you get a much better result. This is my latest WIP from Animorphia which is my favourite book. See how these beautiful pencils make the colours pop (I have a few singles).
Yep these are definately next on my purchase list and that wooden box is just gorgeous!
I bought a few Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils to add to my Prismacolor range of colours. They are not as soft as the prismas but this means you are not sharpening them every 2 minutes like the prismas so they should last a lot longer. You can use them wet or dry and they are vibrant and nice to colour with. I like the idea of having the option of using them wet if I want to, nice to have the choice.
I’m working on an Animorphia piece at the moment, last night I used the Durers and used some Vaseline for blending. I was very impressed with the performance of the pencils so I’m certainly going to invest in a set. The Vaseline was fun to use, it made the pencils silky smooth and gave a nice finish.
As with any high quality art item they are expensive, but you really do get what you pay for. These bad boys really deliver. Now to save for a set!