What are the best pencils for illustrators?
These are some of my favourite coloured pencil brands. Read on if you are interested in some nerdy pencil talk...
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Very soft lead with vibrant colours, these are great for laying down base colours if you are after something super bright and saturated. They are not as suitable for layering as it is quite waxy and the soft lead makes it hard for details.
My all time favourite, hard lead with a large range of natural colours. They are great for fine details and the colours are very cohesive as a group. They layer well, but hard to build up solid areas with saturation.
✏️ Caran d'Ache
These took a while for me to fall in love with. They have extremely hard lead and sometimes can look quite chalky and scratchy on their own. I find them best for fine details towards the end of a drawing, they are great for layering.
I bought these from Japan many years ago and they are the perfect blend between Polychromos and Prismacolor. Not too hard and not too soft, with great vibrancy. The only downside is that they don't have a large colour range and are quite pricey from my memory.
I can talk more about the pencils, but I'll spare you this time. 😅 Feel free to ask me any questions over on my social media x