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Faber Castell Polychromos Color Pencil Set - Tin of 120
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- High quality pigments of unsurpassed light-fastness and brilliance
- Smudge-proof and water-resistant thick oil pastel lead
- Break-resistant due to SV bonding
- Part of Faber Castell's unique color matching system
- 120 colors in metal case
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Faber Castell Polychromos Pencil Set of all 120 colors in a tin box. They are made with superior pigments of unsurpassed light-fastness and brilliance. Thick leads are smudgeproof and water-resistant. Intense colors go on smoother than the average color pencil.
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I have a set of Prismacolor premium pencils that I love but I wanted to diversify my colors. After TONS of research I decided to save up for this 120 piece set. Like Prismacolor, they have deep saturating color. The difference is it takes much less pressure to achieve that saturation. They are soft and easy to color with but they are also harder...It's hard to explain. Less color comes off the pencil but it is just as deep as Prismacolor. They will last longer because of this. No more sore fingers! The leads spread color like butter but doesn't disintegrate doing it. They feel smooth and stable gliding across your paper not dry and scratchy or rubbery and sticky. They also keep a nice point. They do not cover up black outlines with a cloudy waxy build up. They can be sharpened with a regular pencil sharpener although they are slightly thicker than my other colored pencils from other brands. They have a more substantial feel in your hand. If I find myself using another brand for a while and coming back to these, I immediately can feel the more dense and solid feel of them. They also come in a beautiful tin box with nice, solid, stable dividing trays. I thought nothing could get better than prismacolor, but these Polychromos do. I'll be using both sets together. They do mix well but the palette are different so you add more to your pallet.
Here are some pictures of what you get in this set and the range of colors. Keep in mind I got 1 duplicate, so 1 color might be missing. If you like these colors you will love this set! Smooth and creamy, easy to sharpen with Faber Castell's Sharpener or Prismacolor's round sharpener. Nice fine tips for details can be produced to broader sturdy tips for artist's techniques. Faber Castell makes their colors totally interchangeable for mixed media projects. So the Albrecht Duerer watercolor pencils, the Pitt Artist pens, the Art Grip Aquarelle's etc with the same name as the Polychromos will match each other. Keep this in mind if you think you are expanding your colors and already own these other sets of colors, you are not expanding colors, just abilities or range of techniques.
I have the larger set of Prismacolor's and the Verithins and the Poloychromos. They are all different in their own way. Most people will probably be happy with any of them. These Polychromos are oil based the Prismacolor's are a wax base. The Prismacolor Verithin's can make a hard sharp tip but there aren't many colors available. You can buy the Poloychromos and Prismacolor's individually if you want to try out the difference at Dick Blick etc. The Poloychromos Black is the best "darkest" black available in my opinion and is a great one to add to any collection. The Polychromos are "special" in how they feel (like cream or butter spreading on a page) and they sharpen easily to a nice reliable point. I managed to get my Poloychromos set from outside the country for close to $160. My set didn't come with a DVD like it sounds some sets might have. A helpful tool for me along the way for comparing my color choices available has been a wonderful template found at Prismacolor's website. Go to products, colored pencils, and scroll to the bottom right hand side of the page to the green pencil and look for the "Download Here" area. Here's a direct link you can copy and paste too.
Update: Again I'm NOT an artist, but the Polychromos "help" me be better by layering nicely. He's a picture I colored from Sheri Baldy's CD "In The Garden" that I printed out from the disc. I liked the cover picture on so much that I am attempting to copy the colors (Thank You Sheri Baldy) that she chose. I am not finished blending or working on her yet, but these Polychromos are "helping me" do better. He's my (close to finished), work in progress. I still love these pencils the most! ;)
Another feature I appreciate is that, if you make a mistake, you can easily cancel the line in a second with a soft eraser.
The variety of colors is excellent, and the shades are rich and very easy to match.
If you are not sure... Trust me: get these pencils, and you will never regret it.
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I like the way they blend together. Perfect for any CP