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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4 Tools That Don’t Have a Place in The Art Room?

I get asked fairly regularly about certain tools by learners who are confused if they are suitable for art.  Often they have been told by previous art teachers that they weren’t tools for artists and in some cases ‘banned’ from the art room.  The classic ones that crop up are:

Automatic Pencil

The Automatic Pencil
The Automatic Pencil

A fine pointed pencil which lengthens when you push down on the top, a bit like a pen, often used for technical art or graphic design.

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