Well, hello at last my friends, fellow artists and Google surfers who randomly found yourselves here! I am back after an embarrassingly long absence. I apologise wholeheartedly. I had begun to feel l was repeating myself too much, and in all honesty l write longer Instagram captions at times than l do blogs! But here l am with new pencils. Yes, a whole new, complete set of Caran D'Ache Pablo pencils to be exact, how exciting is that? Well, unless you are a colored pencil artist it is probably not exciting at all, but oh! if you are...... well, you will understand. There are no surprises with the colors (they are exactly the same as the Supracolor pencils), but l didn't mind that as l think the colors are some of the best out there, beautiful pale beiges, unusual greys, some great olives and some really useful odd orangish colours.
I wanted to really just test out the pencils, so l decided to draw something completely different, that was really more an exercise in shading than anything else. I used only the Pablo pencils for this piece and a tiny amount of white ink. I worked on a grey Stonehenge paper. I drew this pretty yellow gemstone.
So, what did l think you are asking? The answer is that l absolutely love them, so much that my Supracolors have been put away. Except for the white, the Supracolor white is still my favourite white for working on top of things. The lay down on these pencils is the creamiest of any that l own, they are so smooth, they just feel like a quality pencil when you work. The coverage is excellent and they layer really well. They hold a very sharp point (though not quite as well as the Polychromos) and so are better for detail than the Supracolor. They also work really well in conjunction with Polychromos. They are not as lightfast as the Caran D'Ache Luminance so that may be a consideration, but they are lightfast rated and in all honesty l like working with them better than l like working with the Luminance.
lf you are here because you are looking to buy your first set of quality pencils then l will say that if you can only buy one set go with Polychromos, they have the edge slightly in holding a point, they are more widely available and are not so expensive, but if you are looking to add to your collection you can't go wrong with these.
So, l have had lots of fun experimenting (and l am experimenting again today, the results of which l may or may not share, it depends how badly it goes!).
Happy weekend to you!