Reviews for coloured pencils, papers and art tools

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    Caran d’Ache VS Faber-Castell Polychromos – Pros + Cons – Which is Better?

    Two super popular coloured pencil brands, two of my personal favourites. But which pencils are BETTER? Whether you’re a professional looking for the highest quality materials, a hobby artist just intrigued to try something new, or a beginner wanting to get your first coloured pencils… BOTH these pencils are awesome options. There are, of course, many other options – these are just two I have a lot of experience with. So, read below for pros and cons, in-depth details about price, colour options, blending ability, quality control, and my personal top tips for using both these pencils for amazing results. This entire article is obviously purely my own opinion and…

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    Clairefontaine Pastelmat and Polychromos?! (An Artist’s Honest Review)

    Pastelmat… the name kind of gives it away, right? This paper is originally designed for pastels – I also discovered that it works quite well with coloured pencils! I’ve been using Clairefontaine Pastelmat with my Faber-Castell Polychromos for over six months now, mostly for detailed portrait work. I feel it’s time for an honest review so you know a bit more about what to expect and whether it’s right for you 😊 You can read my review of Faber-Castell Polychromos here.   Paper Thickness PROS The first thing I noticed when I opened my first pad of Clairefontaine Pastelmat was how thick and heavy the paper was. It’s pretty thick,…

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    Bluntly Honest Review of Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils

    After months of research, asking numerous other artists online, and clicking them in and out of my online shopping basket, I finally took the plunge and invested in a set of 60 Faber-Castell Polychromos. I’ve had them for four months now, created many artworks and a few portrait commissions with them, so I feel I can give a bluntly honest review of what I think about these oil-based beauties.   If you’re an eager beaver and can’t be bothered to go into the details, here are my top Pros and Cons:   PROS: Good choice of colours, lots of vibrant shades Super great for fine detailed work Allow for the…