Top o'the morning to you all, me darlings. Hope all's well and your creatives juices are flowing abundantly. Mine are kinda dried up but I'm trying to get my groove back and get my pencils busy, they're getting bed sores from the "couch potato itis" they're suffering from these days :)
And since we're on the subject of pencils, I've heard so many negative things about Prismacolors on how they're not as good as they used to be, many of them having way too much impurities mixed in the lead, some aren't even centered properly, making sharpening a headache. Well, I was very puzzled by these statements, my Prismas are just fine, thank you very much! I simply couldn't understand what was all the buzz about it. Ok, I must confess that my Prismas are old, I've had them for about 5 years or so and I haven't really replaced any of the colors considering that I've always used colored pencils as a finishing touch on my watercolor/mixed media paintings so they used to last a long time. However, since the beginning of this year, I've started using colored pencils exclusively and enjoying the properties of this wonderful medium from beginning to end on my whimsical and fantasy art as well as on my pet portraits. Obviously I quickly developed a preference for certain colors and I had to buy new pencils to replace said colors several times in the past few months. And that's when I understood why so many cp artists are complaining about Prismas. Indeed, the quality is inferior now, I've come across several colors that were full of little specks of heaven knows what and some were quite scratchy and I had a heck of a hard time fixing the damages from the scratches.
Ok, so my question is: "What's up with that, Sanford?" What on earth is going on? Is Sanford taking advantage of the fact that, like it or not, Prismas are, not only the most readily available and economical brand of cp, but also, most artists/book authors use Prismacolor in the demonstrations and tutorials on their books. I'm really disappointed at this lack of quality control and the fact that these used to be beautifully crafted, high quality pencils.
I've been steadly using Polys, Lyras and Pablos way more than the Prismas. I find these pencils to be not only far superior, quality wise, but I've also come to like the feel of oil based pencils way more than their waxy counterpants, except for Derwent Coloursoft which I'm slowly getting to like very much, particularly when I use them on Pastelbord.
I'd love to hear your opinions on this subject. Are any of you experiencing the same problems? If so, what brands are you using more consistently instead of Prismas and what about them you love the most?
Also, I got a newsletter from Alyona Nickelsen where she said Caran D'Ache is coming up with their own version of a colorless blender. According to her it's totally amazing and you get a lot more for your money since they are not encased in wood, giving you lots of pure blender. It should be available soon, will be waiting anxiously to get one.
I wish you all a wonderful and creative week and to all of you in the U.S., have a happy 4th of July and enjoy your holiday, hopefully with a nice weather for a great cook-out.