I was first introduced to these pencils by a lady who was in a coloring group I attended, after a few classes she told us she was moving, and to my surprise decided to bless me with these pencils. I went from using *** ' to these -- it's like growing from childhood straight into adulthood; wow, I have grown up and now a full fledged woman! These pencils are amazing! I love how smooth of a texture it produces; the rich colors are bold from start-finish and truly allows for ones creativity to develop. I also like the fact they didn't smudge as much as a few other brands I have encountered and with a heavy hand the colors tend to last. I, personally decided to rearrange the pencils by the colors from light to dark (oranges, blues, yellows, etc....) this I found made it much simpler when focused on my work and needing that exact color tone for my work. I found these were great for blending & shading, and so easy to use for basic beginners to the more novice at heart, and are truly soft to work with. Cons: I didn't care for the gold metallic pencil in this set, and there need to be a better assortment of creams & tans for working with skin-flesh tones. For my birthday this month another member of another coloring group has blessed me with: *** I can't wait to try them out. ** I am a colorist, not the original illustrator. You may find samples of my work with this particular type of pencils on amazon.com -- 5 star rating.
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