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Author Topic: Soft Lead vs Pastel Pencils  (Read 714 times)


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on: November 06, 2014, 01:55:49 PM

I am about to embark on coloured Portraits, I have been following an artist called Heather Rooney she does very realistic Coloured portraits, however she uses Prismacolor Soft Lead Pencils. I already have a 90 piece set of Pastel Pencils and I am wondering if I can get the same realistic tones with Pastel Pencils ?

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Reply #1 on: November 06, 2014, 02:23:08 PM
I've seen some highly refined work with pastel pencils.
A google image search may help you.

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Reply #2 on: November 07, 2014, 04:38:56 AM
As I understand it, Prismacolor pencils are not the best, they break really easy.  I'd go with what you've got and do some research on colored pencils before you purchase...colored pencils really are not cheap.  Good luck - Marsha
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Reply #3 on: November 08, 2014, 12:41:57 PM
Roman, the concern I would have is the color range in pastel pencils.  I own a complete set of Conte pastel pencils and do portraits with pastel sticks.  I could never get all the colors I use in pencils.  I looked at her beautiful work  though!


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Reply #4 on: November 08, 2014, 10:39:47 PM
Hi, I am venturing time to time into color pencil. I have a 72 Prismacolor Premiere Soft Lead Pencils set. I bought them at Jo Ann Fabrics with a 50% one item + 20% off entire store purchase coupons. It came out very affordable. You just have to have the patience to wait for the right sale. I also purchased a set of 24 KOH-I-NOOR wood-less colour pencils that I use in conjunction with the Prisamcolor. I am very happy with the combination. I have no problem with them breaking. I hope I helped, :coffee:


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Reply #5 on: November 08, 2014, 10:53:32 PM
Hi Thank you all for your comments, I have a 60 Piece Carbothello Set as well as a 32 Cretacolor set but my issue is vibrant colours. Maybe im just not mixing right (my colour blindness doesn't help) I hope the guys will come up with a pastel portrait tutorial maybe that will help me get somewhere.

Again thank you all for helping out with your info and advice :)