Monday, November 26, 2018

Consumer Crafts - pencil prices and a sale!

I just wanted to add a special post about Consumer Crafts - they have really upped their game in the Art Supplies department! They have added thousands of artist grade items, many at much lower prices than I've been finding elsewhere.

Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off sitewide + Free Shipping at $25

Of course I checked the pencil prices, since I'm often needing to restock certain colors in my full sets when I do portraits - here's a price comparison for Polychromos open stock - and these are their regular prices, not with the discount above! 

Blick: $2.19 per pencil (no discount)
Consumer Crafts: $1.49 per pencil 
(discount available - 30% off today makes them $1.04!)

...and Prismacolors:

Blick: $1.27 per pencil (no discount)
Consumer Crafts: $1.09 per pencil 
(discount available - 30% off today makes them $0.76!)


Blick: $2.77 per pencil (no discount)
Consumer Crafts: $2.16 per pencil 
(discount available - 30% off today makes them $1.51!)


I also had the chance to check out the new line of Lightfast Pencils from Derwent - I was sent the set of 12 pencils, and I thought I'd challenge myself to do a quick drawing using only the pencils I was given. It's an interesting collection, not your typical set of bright rainbow colors...


When the line is complete, there will be 72 colors to choose from (there are 36 now), all formulated to be 100% fadeproof and lightfast.


I tried to work quickly, but still do what I could to match the colors in my reference photo with the small set of pencils I had to work with - the blue was a little more difficult to match, since the blue in the set is more of a sky blue, but I managed, with some combinations of purple, green, and brown. It was a fun challenge!


 I added a quick background with some mixed watercolor from the lid of my palette. Not bad for a quick little exercise - this probably took me 1.5 hours to complete.


Overall I liked the pencils, and look forward to adding more colors to my collection! With my pet portraits I've gotten used to the harder cores of the Polychromos pencils, and these were softer, but I was still able to get good detail in this small sketch. I ran the pencils through some typical tests, and they proved to be highly pigmented, responsive to varying levels of pressure, and blended well with other pencils as well as with a solvent. I was able to layer them to build up the texture of fur and hair. They'll work well with other brands as well. I did experience a little breakage issue with a couple of the pencils - the core of the black pencil was broken in a couple of places - but otherwise, not too much of an issue there.

With a lightfast rating at 100% and their great blendability, these will be wonderful pencils for portrait work, and I'll look forward to working these into my collection as the set is completed next year. And I'm loving this little bird!


Remember Consumer Crafts when you're ready to restock your pencil collections - and be sure to take advantage of the 30% discount today! The code is CYBER18.

Thanks for stopping by!




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7 comments:

  1. Great review on the pencils! And I love that little bird too! Is he going in your shop?

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  2. Adorable bluebird! Love your work

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  3. Thank you for the comparison! And that wee bird is precious!!

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  4. Dearly love this little bluebird!

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  5. I love this quick drawing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  6. That little bird is amazing especially for a quick drawing. Oh, the talent that you have!

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  7. Your bird is so beautiful! Thank you for comparing Prismacolor pencils.

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