Originally Posted by Queensoul
Just bought my first set of prismacolour pencils(Yeah, took us awhile in irc before we figured out its called karismacolor in Europe). Set me back €139 for 72. I hear its worth every dime.
Yes they are excellent rendering tools, but like any instrument they take some practice to get used to.
A few tips:
a. when you render with them, use them almost delicately when laying down guidelines, I apply very little pressure and almost let the weight of the pencil draw its own line.
b. prismacolors are extremely difficult to erase once darkened which is why you do (a)
c. don't stinge on them, the leads are extremely soft so sharp tips dull very quickly, generaly for every 3 long strokes, I need to sharpen if I am rendering an edge, so the best thing to do to get mileage out of your pencil is to know where edges are important where they are not, when you have sharpened, work on an edge as long as it hold, once it starts dulling down, work on a shade are where a point is not need until you need to sharpen again, then work the edges again. Thats what I found to be most economical.
d. sometimes, dont know why, but sometimes the leads have fairly consistent carbon deposits in them, that scratch the shit out of your paper, if after 3 or four sharpens you still find the lead has a scratchy feeling, get rid of it, there are some bad batches. Prismacolor pencils should always feel smooth when applying, but with more friction created between tip and paper than regular graphite.