Happy Friday! I thought l would like to share with you today my second completed piece using Schpirerrfarben pencils. Two reasons l wanted to do an update one being that l wanted to see how they worked when layered with other brands that l use and the second being that l have read reviews on the net and there are a few things l would like to add.
This piece was completed using over 90% Schpirerrfarben pencils, l used just a few of my Holbeins, Luminance, Pablos and Faber Castell simply because l wanted to see if they layered and blended well with other brands that l use. They did, l had no problems at all. They really are lovely pencils to use.
The second no reason for the update was l have a few thoughts after reading reviews, the biggest concern brought up in reviews is lightfastness and my previous blog post discusses that so l won't repeat it here. But one thing l noticed in a couple of reviews was people saying they had a bloom appear like a wax bloom. I really want to say that l layer in the extreme (and l have used no blenders in either of the Schpirerrfarben pieces l have completed) and l have seen no sign of any bloom whatsoever. They layer to a beautiful burnished sheen so l don't know if these people have just been unlucky, but l have certainly had no problems with bloom. And they blend more easily than some of my more expensive brands.
A number of reviews mention colors, not enough of certain colors. Now of course l would like more colors, who wouldn't? But l have out on my art desk over 600 colors and l never have the exact color l want! That aside, l never really think it is fair to take a set of pencils and say there aren't enough of this or that color because it really depends what you draw. And these pencils blend beautifully so you should be able to mix most colors you could want.
And yes, it would be nice to have names as well as numbers and for the paint on the barrel to match the core, but l also think we need to remember the price of these pencils. Ultimately they are incredibly affordable and comparing them with brands that cost up to ten times more is a little bit unfair. What l really want from a pencil is for it to perform well, and these pencils with their tiny price tag perform as nicely as some far more expensive pencils. If a number rather than a name helps to keep them affordable and means that many people who could otherwise not afford a set of pencils can experience the difference that working with a nice quality pencil makes, that to me is worth the hassle of making a color chart or remembering a number.
If you have a set of these l would love to hear your thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend and create some beautiful art.