1. Pencils / Pens
a) Colored Pencils
Colored pencils or pencil crayons are available from many different brands and come in a huge range of colors. They are suitable for almost any paper and can be mixed with each other.
Colored pencils are oil or wax base. This may have an impact on the number of possible layers of color, because an application of oil on oil generally works better than wax on wax. Here as well, the paper quality also plays a role.
A good pencil quality shows among other on the color intensity (higher concentrations of high-quality pigments) and the fun while coloring.
I highly recommend the color pencils Polychromos from Faber-Castell.
Watercolor pencils behave like crayons, but their pigments are water-soluble. Watercolor pencils can apply very different, so I will mention here the three most popular options:
When working with water, it is important that the paper has a heavier weight. I recommend at least 190 gr.
c) Fineliner Pen
Fineliners are good for coloring small details. They are available in many different colors and line thicknesses.
I recommend STABILO point 88.
d) Felt Tip Pen
Felt tip pens are like fineliners more for details and not for coloring large areas, as their finish is quite streaky. They are available with thin and thicker tips and in a wide range of colors. Felt tip pens may bleed through the paper if it is not thick enough.
With chalk-pastels you can create beautiful color transitions, because the blending is so easy. The application is more powdery and blurs quickly. Therefore, I
recommend using a pastel fixative.
I prefer to draw with the STABILO CarbOthello chalk-pastel pencils.
a) Color Chart
It is very helpful to create a color chart for each pencil type because the pencils are often not entirely coated in the exact color of the pencil lead.
You can applicate your colors on a piece of paper with the colors name or number and the brand.
Blending stumps are helpful to create beautiful and smooth color transitions by blending and smudging your pencil. They are usually made of paper. Sandpaper can be used to clean and re-sharpen the blending stump.
Sharpeners are an important tool when you are working with colored pencils. Here it is significant to ensure good quality in order to protect the pencil lead from breaking. I can recommend the STABILO EASYsharpener and the mechanical Helix Desktop Sharpener with which you can adjust five options on sharpness grade.
Erasers are available in many different versions. It is worth to try out different ones to find your favorite. The Faber-Castell kneaded eraser and a pencil eraser for fine work and the Faber-Castell Sleeve for large areas have proved their worth to me. I can also recommend the Derwent Electric Eraser.
e) Colorless Blender
A colorless blender is a non-pigmented, wax based pencil. It can be used to "polish" over your pencil drawing to create a slightly shiny surface. You can also soften hard edges and lighten your colored pencils with a colorless blender.
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