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.
I price compared various stores and I found Overstock to have the best prices on these pencils than anywhere else. They arrived in great condition. One of the leads had broken from the top but it was not a big deal. It was only one pencil and it was only the very tip. These colors are very saturated, it almost looks like you used a marker. I love the different colors, perfect for mixing and blending or creating gradients. I would definitely recommend these.
I bought these as a gift for a budding artist because I wanted to start her out with the best of the lot. I am an artist and have used these for years. They're loaded with pigment and highly blendable.
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