Prismacolor pencils-- what is your experience with them?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by BirdNut, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2010
    Suprise, Arizona

    I have a bunch of black and white pictures that look rather bland, and I want to give them some color. I was thinking Prismacolor pencils, because they look good from what I've seen. What do you think of Prismacolor pencils in general? Are they as vivid, and smooth as they are advertised? Are they worth the price?

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  2. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    I've been using Prismacolors for quite a while and I really do like them. They're very vivid, easy to use, smooth, and nice--great for blending. Just be sure to get a good pencil sharpener, as the leads have a tendency to break if not sharpened correctly. I think they are indeed worth the price!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I had a pack of those for an art class back in HS. We did black and white photography, and one of the assignments was to chose one of your BW phtots and give it false color with the pencils. The colors aren't "bright" but they really do stand out in a BW photo and are smooth. I really liked them from my limited experience.
  4. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2010
    Suprise, Arizona
    Wow, that was quick. Thanks a bunch!

    They sound great. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on some.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    We once got a huge box of assorted color pencils at a garage sale, and of all the brands, prismacolor was our favorite. We don't do any fancy/professional drawing/coloring, but we still really liked them for every day things. They're more durable and they made much prettier pictures than the awful crayola pencils...
  6. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    They're my favorite pencils for drawing, very easy to blend. My icon is done in Prismacolors (if you're seeing a duckling, that was done in CP, I sometimes change my icon and I never know when someone will be reading this post).

    I've heard of people using them in photographs, but I haven't used them so I can tell you how good they'll be for that project.
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I've had Prismacolors in high school and four years of college....even it is expensive but worth the time and effort getting good pictures you created. As for photographs, not sure because pencils do not do too well taking it on unless you want to go watercolor.

    I've had Dick Blick pencils, they are not as good as Prismacolors. There was one brand, made in Germany that was VERY good quality, a little higher priced than Prismacolors. I can not remember the name of it.
  8. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2007
    I'm a big fan of this brand. I specialize in colored pencil illustrations (animal and fantasy art) and I've tried most of the brands out there. You can't go wrong with these.
  9. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    My dd is an artist. She does alot of charcoal pencil drawing and when she uses colored pencils she only will use the Prisma pencils. They are a little pricey though.
  10. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2010
    Suprise, Arizona
    I finally got some today! I am so satisfied with them!


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