I Love Using Prismacolor Colored Pencils!
I love using Prismacolor Colored Pencils! Why? Because, I have been drawing and painting all of my life – and have practically tried every brand on the market. I also have friends who are artists and they feel the same way! But, it’s not just me or my friends, let me tell you about the first time I tried Prismacolor. The first college art courses I took were at El Camino College in Torrance, California. It was my first foundation class outside of high school. Mind you, I had been drawing and painting before I started kindergarten. I even had my own easel and set of oil paints, but that’s neither here nor there. Let’s get back to the foundations class.
As I recall, unlike universities, particularly Pratt and Tyler School of Art at Temple University from where I graduated, professors at El Camino were concerned about the name brand of art supplies that any of us I bought. However, they did suggest a few brand names as well as told us the minimum number of pencils we would need. While I did have colored pencils and pastels at home, they were sorted pieces of broken bits and not truly of good quality. So, when I first went into the store I was dumbfounded by the amount of different brands and categories, because even though I loved art supplies, my mother had always given me her old supplies, or bought me kid art supplies. So, I really didn’t know better. She hadn’t drawn or painted in many years and what she gave me was pretty old and dried up. Therefore, the best thing that I could do was to ask the sales clerk or advice.Well, surprise, surprise! Guess what brand I decided upon? Yes! Yes! Prismacolor Colored Pencils! It wasn’t that I just walked up to them and said, “yahoo!” The sales clerk explained to me that not only were Prismacolor prices fair, but that their quality far surpassed any other brands. He suggested me to test some of the pencils by different manufacturers to make sure I found the right brand and line for me. And boy – did I see the difference! Actually it was more than just seeing the richness of the pigments, but I could feel it also. While most other colored pencils feel gritty, Prismacolor pencils are smooth and creamy. They are so soft and full of rich pigment – much more than any other colored pencils I’ve ever tried.
I couldn’t wait to get home with my new Prismacolor Colored Pencils to try them out! So, along with my new drawing pad I gingerly opened up my new box of Prismacolor pencils. At first, I just stared at the colors and the perfectly pointed ends. I knew that was the last time that I would see such a perfectly beautiful set, or at least until I bought my next one! I decided to first try the browns, reds, and pinks. I played around with them drawing my hand. Then I added lighter tones for highlights, and violets and blues for shadows. The one thing I learned at art school was that you should really never use black as a substitute for other darker hues.
“I Love Using Prismacolor Colored Pencils!” was written by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS.
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