Faber-Castel 24 Piece Polychromous Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin
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- Polychromes Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin 24pc
- This 8-3/8x7-3/8 inch metal tin contains twenty-four polychromes colored pencils
- Polychromes artists' pencils are valued internationally by professionals and semi-professionals for their unsurpassed quality
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Faber Castel-Polychromous Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin. Polychromous artists' pencils are valued internationally by professionals and semi-professionals for their unsurpassed quality. The high quality standards of the Polychromous colored pencils shine through whether they are used for graphics artistic free style or for the exact rendition of plans. This 8-3/8x7-3/8 inch metal tin contains twenty-four polychromous colored pencils. Imported.
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First, if you are coming from Prismacolor Premier pencils, these are superior. No doubt about it.
But if, like me, you're coming from other oil-based sets, like those made in the Koh-I-Noor factory in the Czech Republic, you may wonder what the big deal is.
From what I can tell, a key difference between these and Koh-I-Noor, Blick, and Utrecht colored pencils is the color variety. The first three really don't offer the difference in colors that you can get here, and even let many similar colors into their collections. This is disappointing. So I was pleased to hear that the Polychromos line has a nice color spread.
Another difference is in the lightfastness. But if lightfastness is really that important to you, have a look at other expensive products too, because superior lightfastness can be achieved. To me, lightfastness is of practically zero importance until I have a paying project or family project that expects longevity. At that time I will just go out and buy the most lightfast set that fits my need, and the price premium will be already taken care of in my estimate or in my overall project considerations.
Another thing to mention is the fit and finish. These are really nice-looking, nice-feeling pencils.
The case has actually been pretty annoying to me. Why would I want it to open up vertically, on a hinge? The hinged lid finds a way to make itself unwanted pretty fast, because there's usually something in its way. Ditch the case and use another method of transporting these. I use a Nite Ize Gear Tie.
Finally, this particular 24-color set contains a strange assortment of colors. No purple, excessive reds, and warm blue hues that I wouldn't have picked. The purple, not a big deal--blend it up. The blue hues though, well that's actually pretty annoying. I can't just blend up a nice light cool blue. But when I'm ready to dish out another $35 or so for some open-stock additions, this should make a nice set. I thought about buying a larger set, but a) some colors I want only come in the very large sets, and b) I don't like very large sets right now because I don't want to lug them around all the time, between home and office, home and vacation, etc. Also I like trying different types of pencils and find variety more fun.
If you are really budget-conscious, and are not really an experienced colored pencil artist, and are wondering if the actual experience of using these is worth it vs. the generic Czech pencils like Blick or Koh-I-Noor or Utrecht (now owned by Blick) offers, I really suggest that you start out with a small set of these Polychromos or just order a large set of the Czech stuff first.
If your expectations are that these will blow your mind and that you'll be in love from the moment they touch paper, prepare for some potential disappointment. They are just colored pencils, and while the Polychromos name does have that cool cachet, it's really got to match your personal circumstances and needs to be worth it.
I'm including a small drawing...that could be done with just about any colored pencil set on the market. :-) But still, these are nice pencils, and you might like them.
The Polychromos are hard enough to use for detail but they still are soft enough to blend together easily, and I found you can build layers with these better than you could with say... Prismacolors (which I still love as well, but these have that advantage over them. Using the two in conjunction may be fun, though!) I'll continue to compare them to other colored pencils I use and that are pretty well-known. They're are a less waxy pencil than the Prismas (for obvious reasons - the core ingredient in this is an oil and the core base of a Prisma is wax), yet they feel more 'waxy' (although oil based) than Derwent Coloursofts (which nearly mimic a pastel pencil, just slightly harder). They are more pigmented and glide better than Derwent Artist/Studios (also a wax-based pencil), while in use they feel like a super-version of Derwent Artists in how they perform despite having different bases, but the visual outcome is not the same (these, as I said are bolder). I am yet to experience any significant issue with blooming or loosing the tooth of paper underneath layers of the pencil. I do see these quickly becoming a favorite/staple and requiring an upgrade to a larger set in the near future.
Now, I can almost guarantee I'll get a thumbs down for this but I don't care. I know there's a seller feedback section but I feel it's important to include on the product review any issues with shipping damages etc. because 9/10 times, this is what people are looking at before buying a product. They're not weeding through seller reviews until they find shipping feedback on the product. That being said, I was not impressed with how the pencils arrived. They came in a thin bubble mailer with minimal protection. The case is.. wrecked and disfigured. It's dented and the hinges are broken. It doesn't open close properly which is a bummer because the storage is useless to me now. I can't put these in a bag and go away for a weekend because it'll bust open and the pencils will go everywhere. It also makes them hard to store in general since the metal is warped and putting anything on top of it (I stack pencil sets in a drawer) will slide off. So, this is a HUGE downfall to me but I've rated the product itself 5 stars as it deserves. Also, I've ordered from TCP Global Corp in the past with no problems, so this probably is just one unfortunate fluke. I just wish they'd better packaged a relatively expensive product that ALSO had a shipping cost.
Black, White, Warm Grey II, Warm Grey V, Light Ultramarine, Dark Ultramarine, "Helio" Blue, Phthalo Blue, Dark Phthalo Green, Emerald Green, Light Green, Earth Green Yellowish, Cadmium Yellow, Orange, Pale Geranium Lake, Deep Scarlet Red, Dark Red, Magenta, Walnut Brown, Burnt Ochre, Chrome Yellow, Light Yellow Glaze.
It is a small set; considering this I question the inclusion of Raw Umber, Burnt Ochre, Light Yellow Glaze, and Chrome Yellow. There is not one purple pencil in this set! The closest thing to purple is the Magenta, and the color I see on the page does not match *my* idea of magenta. (The value isn't right - too dark.) And nothing even close to pink is included.
I would have appreciated a better range of blues, purples, and reds. I find the range of four blues in this set to be quite odd. As for the reds, the Pale Geranium Lake is *not* pale, and the Dark Red is nearly brown in appearance. Also, no Venetian Red was included in my set of pencils.
Okay, I'm not a professional artist - I just do what I do. Maybe "what I do" will evolve and I will find colors like Light Yellow Glaze more useful in the future. (It's possible, I suppose!) Anyway, I've just ordered a set of 48 pencils made by Bruynzeel, so I'm looking forward to playing with those. I hope that I'll be able to use the Polychromos pencils in combination with my new ones.