Sorta hoping you will be able to guide me in the right direction.
Money is not an issue. What are your favorites?

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I prefer the Prismacolor Verithins, but I am no expert and have a limited budget. =)

I love polychromos and lyra rembrants, I am not fussed on prismacolors although a lot of people rave about them,  I have heard that the Caran d'ache are even better again but honestly I can't afford to try them.


Do you find that you would want better?

Stacy Woolsey said:

I prefer the Prismacolor Verithins, but I am no expert and have a limited budget. =)

I was thinking of trying something more expensive this time so I've been asking around what other artists think. FC comes highly recommended as one of the great colored pencils companies in most articles I read. It's a shame that most people can't afford expensive tools then again I believe that most people buy stuff that they don't really need. A lot of wannabe artists who think that just buying gear will make them an artist.
Jess said:

I love polychromos and lyra rembrants, I am not fussed on prismacolors although a lot of people rave about them,  I have heard that the Caran d'ache are even better again but honestly I can't afford to try them.

Sorry darlin I am on a disability pension so when I say I can't afford them I really can't, I saved for months to buy my polychromos, the lyras I bought one or two at a time at my local officeworks store. Money only stretches so far, maybe when I am selling my work I might be able to afford better but right now, decent art supplies are a struggle to afford, and cheap art supplies are rarely worth having. All the best with your purchase, though its sounds like you can afford to try out a few and make up your own mind.

That's unfortunate. : ( Have you considered getting into digital? A lower end graphic tablet is around 50-80 dollars and will last you for years.

Jess said:

Sorry darlin I am on a disability pension so when I say I can't afford them I really can't, I saved for months to buy my polychromos, the lyras I bought one or two at a time at my local officeworks store. Money only stretches so far, maybe when I am selling my work I might be able to afford better but right now, decent art supplies are a struggle to afford, and cheap art supplies are rarely worth having. All the best with your purchase, though its sounds like you can afford to try out a few and make up your own mind.

Hands down, has to be Prismacolor, any type they sel,l whether just regular colored pencils, watercolor pencils or even their pastel chalks that they have in pencil form....I am just a Prismacolor fan all the way!

I have been using color pencils for a few years and always seem to end up back with Prismacolors. I have sets of Caran D'Arche, Lyra and FC but as I said always drift back to the Prismacolors. HI recently purchased a set of 48 Blick in house brand color pencils and like them a lot? In six months I may change my preference to Blick if they continue to perform well for me. For watercolor pencils I go to Derwent. Pastels pencils I only use Caran D'Arche.

I just started using colored pencils, and I am enjoying Prismacolor because of their blending quality.  Blick pencils didn't have the pigment color saturation which I wanted.

Enjoy, and it's a process even obtaining supplies, isn't it? 

All the encouragement, and best of luck.

I've been using Prismacolor colored pencils for years. I love them and won't use any other brand. They blend so nicely. Also I like that I can go into the art store near my home and buy them individually whenever I just need a few certain ones.

I recently bought a set of Caran Dache museum aquarelles - and they are simply in another class. I use the Faber Castell polychromos for non-water colour work. use Lyra Rembrant aquarelles in my travel kit. A brand you might also like to try is Koh-I-Noor. I have them in both versions too - the woodless kinds. They are very easy to sharpen, and produce excellent colours when water activated.

Prismacolour is not an easy brand to find in this country, although I have seen many artists use them in online courses.

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