Today I will be looking at the question - Does it matter what colour pencil I use as a beginner?
I was that person not so long ago. I returned to arting (is that a word? it is now lol) about 2 years ago and have turned into a bit of an art supply fan. Well, I don't drink and don't smoke so why not? I do not condone spending outwith your means but there is nothing wrong with indulging what you want now and then.
So the very short answer to this question is NO, it does not matter what colour pencil you use as a beginner. What really matters is that you start. However, I know from experience, this is not the most helpful answer. It would make for a very short and boring blog post too lol. I suspect that even if you know it does not really matter, you still want to see and hear other peoples experience with using the product you may want to buy. I know I did a load of research myself when I set out to buy my first colour pencil set. So here is my experience and opinion.
I own three sets of pencils now. The first set I bought was Spectrum Noir, they were on special offer in my local arts and crafts shop, I figured I had to start somewhere right? This is good pencil but I soon discovered it was not MY preferred pencil. We all work in different ways. We all have different techniques we apply when using pencils etc. So it makes sense we have different needs from a pencil. Yes, even a beginner has techniques, they may be very basic but however you get the pigment from the pencil to the paper is a technique, regardless of how effective it is.
This is part of the reason why it does not really matter when you first start out. Just because someone else loves a product it does not mean you will. And here is the kicker, you won't know what you need or like until you start to use art supply. So here we are back to the beginning wondering what pencil to start with.
Most reviews I have seen have used swatches to show the difference, I thought it would be fun to do three girls each with a different pencil set to see how they compare and play together in one project. I have used a Daler Rowney Ebony Sketch book, the paper is 109lbs and 11.7 x 16.5 inches (A3) Lets get started.
As part of the 29 faces challenge 2016 I compared prismacolor, polychromos and spectrum noir colour pencils in a drawing demonstration. The demonstration is a short timelapse video showing the process of the three faces using the 3 different type of pencils and my thoughts on using them for this specific picture. All pencils used have been bought by myself for my own personal use.
I concluded that for me the number one pencil is Polychromos second the prismacolor then the Spectrum Noir.
If you have a limited budget then shop around for the cheapest set. At the time of typing this post, I researched on the uk based amazon and found that the 24 set of prismacolor and the 24 set of spectrum noir can vary and in some cases the prismacolor are cheaper. I also noted that there was a new set of spectrum noir called colourblend by spectrum noir available (wax based). So it depends where you shop which pencil is cheaper.
If you do not have a limited budget. It is clear that the polychromos is the more expensive of the three. They are definitely worth it though if you can afford it, particularly if you want to sell your work.
Thank you for watching. I hope this has helped shed some light onto what can be a difficult decision.
Read the full transcript and more on my blog www.tartantaz.com
find below the link to the video by Lachri fine arts I found helpful when first starting out arting again.