Do Artists Use Colour Pencils?

Some materials are treated with a bit of a question mark when it comes to art. Colouring pencils are one such media, many love them but are they considered a serious tool for the artist?

Although many don’t consider them a ‘real’ medium for artists, I think I would have to disagree because I have seem some very impressive work done with them.  I will give some general tips for using coloured pencils and how to use them:

Find a range you like

I haven’t used colouring pencils for a long time so I don’t feel qualified to advise on the best brands.  I do remember trying a few out in the past though, my best by far were always Karisma. They are lovely and soft, come in rich, bright colours and are fun to use. I heard recently that Karisma colour pencils are no longer produced and they sell on ebay for high prices! I am not sure if this is true but if you can do get yourself some.  All is not lost as I heard they are replaced by Prismas which many speak highly of.

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What Type of Paper Do I Need?

This will depend on the type of media you are using (pencil, watercolour, acrylics etc.). Paper is important because if the surface is designed for your media then the results will be better.  The range of papers available is vast and it can be a bit bewildering in the art stores to know what paper is for what.  There are several factors to consider; paper weight, paper texture, paper colour and paper size.

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