Colored pencil sets are a great way to get started with color drawing or even just for fun. They’re inexpensive and easy to use. You can buy them online from various sellers like Amazon, Ebay, etc. There’s no shortage of choices out there!
What makes these pencils so good?
Well, they come in a variety of colors and they’re made of hard plastic which means they won’t break down over time (or at least not too much). Plus, they have a nice feel to them when you hold one in your hand.
But what if I told you that there are other types of colored pencils out there? Which ones are better than others? And how do you tell the difference between them all?
Let me show you my favorite colored pencil set:
The first thing I noticed was the price tag. At $25 for all 12 colors, it’s definitely going to cost more than some of the cheaper sets out there. However, I think that’s really worth it. These pencils are high quality and will last you a long time.
Besides, why pay more for something that isn’t exactly what you want?
If you’re looking for a set of pencils with only one color, then look elsewhere because those aren’t available yet either. The next thing you’ll notice is that the pencils come in a really nice wood case. It’s obvious a lot of thought was put into the design of this product and it makes it easy to store and keep your pencils from getting damaged. Another thing I like about these pencils is that they sharpen very easily. Something I’ve noticed with some colored pencils before is that it feels like you’re trying to sharpen a lump of coal instead! For the price of these pencils, I feel like that won’t be a problem. The case has a little plastic window on top which gives you a view of the lead in the pencil. That way you’ll always know what color is available at a glance!
The only bad thing is they seem to be a bit on the soft side when it comes to hardness. That’s not really a problem for me, but it might be a turn off for some people. Overall, these are really nice pencils. I recommend them to anyone looking for a quality pencil set without having to break the bank.
Best Colored Pencils
As the name suggests, this brand of colored pencils come from Caran D’Ache, one of the oldest manufacturers of art products in Switzerland. They’ve been making pencils since the 1800’s and their dedication to quality is well known throughout the industry. All of their pencils are made from the best quality materials and are extremely durable. While other colored pencils will sometimes break when you sharpen them, you’ll probably have to sharpen these Caran D’Ache’s a lot more before they break!
They come in a wide range of colors including many specialty colors that you can’t find anywhere else. The downside is that they’re very expensive and not ideal for beginners.
Munsell Colored Pencils
Munsell is a relatively new brand of colored pencils that has become increasingly popular in recent years. They’ve gained a lot of praise from professional artists for their high quality and ability to create a wide range of realistic colors. Like Caran D’Ache, Munsell also makes specialty colors that can’t be found with any other brand. The downside is that they’re also on the expensive side and may not be ideal for younger students who are just learning how to draw.
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Prismacolor is another brand of colored pencils that’s commonly found in art stores around the world. They’ve been around for a very long time and are known to be of good quality. There’s a wide range of different sets available with a good variety of colors as well. There are also a lot of specialty sets that are available that focus on things like skin tones, fashion, architecture, and more.
If you want a good quality brand of colored pencils without having to spend too much money, I would recommend Prismacolor.
Crayola Colored Pencils
Crayola is probably the most well known brand of colored pencils among children. They’ve been making them for more than a century and they’re readily available just about anywhere. While their line of colored pencils are certainly cheap, they’re definitely not the best choice if you’re looking for quality. They are, however, a great choice if you’re just learning how to color and don’t want to spend too much money.
Crayola also has specialty sets as well such as their “Twistable” colored pencils which all have an interesting design so you can twist them up instead of sharpening them.
Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils
While the name might be a little hard to pronounce, the quality of these pencils is top notch. They have a very fine tip and can produce a lot of detail when used with care. They’re perfect for artists who need control over their work and given how durable they are, you won’t need to sharpen them very often either.
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Unlike Prismacolors, these pencils have cores made of polymer rather than wax. This allows them to lay down very vibrant colors and have a much smoother texture when used. They are definitely a good choice for artists who prefer a more buttery feel to their pencils. The downside is similar to Caran D’Aches, they are also very expensive.
Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils (Top), Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils (Middle), Crayola Colored Pencils (Bottom)
There are many other types of colored pencils out there that build upon the designs of the above discussed types. For example, Derwent makes a square colored pencil called ArtFX which has very sharp corners and doesn’t need to be sharpened at all. These are great for artists who prefer to work with squares rather than hexagon pencils.
There are also woodless colored pencils which are very similar in concept to Derwent’s ArtFX. These pencils do not have a wood casing at all but rather a plastic one which makes them lighter and easier to use. These pencils also come in a slew of different designs and even come in double ended varieties.
As I mentioned before, colored pencils can get very expensive depending on the brand and type you buy. If you’re looking for a cheaper option that is still of good quality, look into buying some colored pencil sets rather than individual pencils. Often times, these will be half the price of buying them individually! The only catch is that you won’t get as much variety in terms of the colors you can get.
Another option is to buy woodless colored pencils by individual boxes rather than in sets. While this will be even cheaper, the downside is that you’ll have to buy a lot more to get the same amount of colors you would get in a lesser number of sets. Keep this in mind when looking for colored pencils.
So which colored pencils are the best?
It really just depends on what you’re looking for.
Do you want to spend a lot of money or are you on a budget? Are you looking for something very soft or do you prefer something with a little more teeth?
As with most art supplies, it’s best to try them all out and see which ones you like best. Otherwise, go for recommended types from people you know and trust.
Sources & references used in this article:
Colored pencil filter with custom colors by S Yamamoto, X Mao, A Imamiya – 12th Pacific Conference on …, 2004 – ieeexplore.ieee.org
Drawing: Animals in Colored Pencil: Learn to Draw with Colored Pencil Step by Step by B Poulin – 2011 – Penguin
SUMME WHEAT by KA Kutch – 2014 – Watson-Guptill
Best practices in teaching writing by DK Yaun – 2009 – books.google.com