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Gisele Grenier: Update 5/20/2014 - I'll be doing another updated video shortly. I picked up some fresh pencils and they are much nicer then the ones in the video review, so I'm thinking I had a bad batch of Prismacolour pencils.

Gisele Grenier: Sarah, with the new batch of Prismacolours I picked up, they have a really nice feel to them, so the old batch is more than likely a "defective" one. Sent the bad ones to the manufacturer, never heard back. The Coloursoft are lucious, to me they do not feel hard, which is why I used the studio pencils (similar to verithin in hardness) to make hard detail lines if necessary. I've never had any Coloursofts crumble on me, but would assume they would break inside the wood casing if they were dropped. The only pencils I've been able to drop and not break inside the casing are Staedtlers. I've done some blending with Prismacolour clear blending markers, almost like an airbrush effect. 

Reshma B: Oil Water Pastel Blendable Normal Hard 

Gina Oliva: I read some reviews that the quality of Derwent Studio has changed. I have a lot of "old" colored pencils, most are Prismacolor -- I have found, assuming from age, that the Prismacolor keep breaking. I can only sharpen them a wee bit to prevent the breakage. I love colored pencils and love the old Derwent Studio (only have ONE). Gisele...I am glad you will do another video. I will wait a bit on ordering.. Thank you!!

cdncopper: Thank you for replying so promptly. I have the same trouble with open stock as I do with the first boxed set I purchased. They are all the same I think. Some people say put them in the microwave to reseal the centre core but others say don't. I have never tried this. Have you? I love your videos by the way. You take the time to explain what you are doing which is most helpful unlike the speed drawing videos so prevalent on Youtube. Some of their work is beautiful but you can't learn a thing from them. They make me quite dizzy watching them. Thanks again. 

cdncopper: I am trying Prismacolor and as you said earlier, I am very disappointed with the wood they use for casing. It splits and cracks when trying to sharpen the pencil no matter what type of sharpener I use. For the price of them it is absolutely abominable that they should use such cheap wood to make them. Since they are now made in Mexico their quality has gone way down. No sense complaining they don't reply anyway. It's annoying when, after only two or three drawings you only have a third of the pencil left.

Gina Oliva: You got me running to Michaels to see what they stock in pencils. I did look at the "Intense" sticks. I am sort of a newby at Art but always dreaming up stuff. My current project is a collage with a poem my sister wrote when she was all of 15 - "Dreams and Golden Sun". I started playing with this while attending an art journaling workshop where they used Acrylic paint to cover an 11x 14 sheet of paper and then we collaged on top of that. I think I would enjoy blending with the Intense sticks more than acrylics. Two questions: If I were to use the "intense sticks" can I use Smooth or Vellum Bristol, or should I use watercolor paper? Second, Will I be able to use letter stamps (eg, ink) or black markers on top of the (dried) "Intense" color???

Joe Andrew: Hi, I bought a set of 36 Derwent artist pencils and whenever i use them they end up creating a waxy substance on the top that stops me from being able to add any more colour. Could this be the type of paper I'm using or is it something i'm doing. Thanks in advance.

BaronBrownB: Hello! Thank you for helpful video! I want to buy some colored pencils for sketchbook drawings. Which type of pencils would you recommend?? I wish i could buy Prismacolor but there in Moscow its impossible to get any=(( I was thinking about faber-castell polychromos there is a lot of them=)

Heidi Engel: Really informative and helpful, you've answered a lot of questions for me =). Thank you <3

MrNever theire: any one know where i can buy some these pencils for a cheap price

Visty 6: Good instruction :) Thank you, Gisele. Greetings from Czech Republic

Sarah Cavaliere: I really enjoyed your video! I am a regular Prismacolor user, and I'm debating whether or not to buy Derwent coloursoft. I'm a person who loves blending a lot and Prismacolors are really good at that, but I was wondering what coloursoft feels like when you use them. With Prismacolor, it feels smooth and glides well. I know the coloursoft is oil based so do they feel smooth or hard? Do they crumble or feel like pastels? 

jules dakota: Thank you for this great demo. I just found out about Derwent & went through their catalogue. I have used Design brand Watercolor(Line) pencils,(which are opaque not pastel as most people think when you say "Watercolor") for years. They are my favorite thing to work with. They quit making them years ago. I tried Stabilo brand's Aquatico line on a suggestion from an art store but they are nothing like the design pencils. I dip the tips in water for one effect and wet the tip of my finger and blend colors for another. I have been searching for a long time to find something similar so your demo of these different pencils was fantastic. I too need to buy in open stock as I use up certain colors frequently. Thanks again & happy creating!

Christinia Peake: I've used and have some of all these pencils. You are absolutely right the Verithins don't give a lot of color. They are good for out lining and details. Sometime I use the varnishing technique. I didn't know it was a name for this lol. I usually do it with skin tones. I use a blender pencil to. Sometimes both sometimes one or the other. This video has been very informative and I really enjoyed it

chinimasse: Hi! Could you help and tell me what you mean by hard and soft? I don't like dry pens because they don't mix/blend very well with other colors and with me they tend to rip paper in spots where I erased a bit too much. I like the ones that feel greasy when you color. Is that when you mean by soft? Thanks!

LEAH BOOKSANDART: Would u recommend getting derwent colour soft pencils ? 

Betty Tolbert: I enjoyed your demo on Derwent Colorsoft..if you get the pickle Blick catalog they have open stock on Derwent, Prisma and Faber-Castell pencils. Blick art materials--PO Box1769--Galesburg IL 61402-1769 or pickleBlick.com tolbertlock@aol.com

xl292005: Thank you very helpful. 

Duvdev: Great review mmmmmmm'k

Aly DVG: Thank so much

Heritage Nova: Enjoyed the video. The differences between these pencils is: Colorsoft is a professional grade (more light fast) vs. studio which is a student grade (less light fast). Unsure what the binder is. Prismacolor prem. is a professional grade whose binder is beeswax and gives the pencil a softer stroke. They verithin (read very thin) binder is a clay binder making the color harder, Stays pointed longer and allows very fine details the perm. cannot. Verithin is a supplemental set to the perm.

perry art: Hi, thanx for this review. i just learned about the Very Thin colored pencils From ReviewingRicky. love theses. Can't wait to get some....

elisabeth nerolk: i think i would love to work with the verithin!

Paola Estrada: Suggestion, if anyone is thinking of using a colorless blender use Caran d'ash full blender It has uv protection built in and since it's woodless you can use it like a pencile or like you would use the prismacolor artstix blender, it's the smoothest blender out there. A little goes along way This is only if your using wax based color pencils, if your are not sure if your pencils are wax or oil check out CPSA they have a nice list of which is which. 

kriss BOUMBAD: thank you so much

Ryo wazza: Thank you very much for this video!

BHBsings: I have some Derwent Studio pencils and tried to use them on very fine smooth paper ( like Bible stock) and couldn't get them to lay down any colour with the pale shades. Do you think Coloursoft would do better? Thanks

MikeC19100: This is a very nice overview of these 4 types of pencils. I actually own all the types you demonstrated, but never looked at them with this kind of detail. Your examples also showed me a couple things I wasn't aware of and hopefully they will enable me to make better progress in the future. Thank you!

swiv2d: The are more for a black a surface, they are very chalk like. Derwent does a bunch of colour pencils, artist pencils And the pastel pencils I think are more like the prisma.

Joey Dudek: How much were them. I'm really interested!

PaperManga: Thanks Gisele! This really helped me pick which colours I would want to buy.

Gisele Grenier: you may want to try again, the video is fine.

Gisele Grenier: thanks!

diecast jam: I just got a set of coloursoft, and I have been really disappointed by them, my favourite pencils are prismacolor premier, which are quite hard to open stock get here in the UK. I thought the coloursoft are really scratchy and not soft at all compared to prisma, I have tried several different papers, Stonehenge, or Bristol board vellum and smooth, but I just didn't like them compared to prisma.

Sharon Cullen: Iam waiting on my prismacolors to come from Amazon (best price) but use Derwent and I am not thrilled with the vibrancy. I used the watercolor pencils. They are okay but the prismacolors are so vibrant. I am buying regular premier soft core.

Singing Catfish: Excellent video! I only have Prisma Premiers, so it was nice to see how the Derwent pencils and the Verithins work. I was under the impression that the Derwent pencils were less vibrant, but I guess it was just the way they were used in the illustrations I've seen. Thanks for clearing that up.

Ryan Hendricks: i have used both brands and i would have to say that i like prismacolor much better. i think the wood casings are great and maybe they were cracked because the way the store handles them maybe? now that doesnt mean that derwent isnt good their colored pencils r good i just use prismacolor way more.

fr3dobernardo: very helpful video.. thank you!

smoovefishing: i can buy the premier pencils in single pencils at hobby lobby

spacebunnies23: Thank you so much! im new to coloring because i prefer my art in black and white, so this has been very helpful.

Sherrie Roberts: Thank you Gisele, I am pretty lucky! pickle Blick Utrecht partners offer open stock on tons of these pencils. However, I never feel overwhemled at ordering a 6-24 pencil set. which I think would suit you. Because you like to have the already mixed Oranges and Purples and other secondary and tertiary colors. I think no more though than 24 color sets if the open stock is not available.

annezca: Thank you. I have derwent, but these are pastel pencils. It's like a vibrant chalk (i actually don't know how to use these so Its sitting in my desk). I just bought prismacolor premiere, and i like how soft it is and how you can layer it. I havent heard about Derwent Coloursoft so this is intriguing for me.

Gisele Grenier: thanks! the type of paper has alot to do with it too, with how many layers it will take. Here is something funny... for my 3 year old grand-daughter, I picked up some Staples brand coloured pencils.. they are made by Staedtler. I tried them out when I got home and was quite impressed on the quality. To compare, they were close to the Verithins.

Gisele Grenier: I would contact Derwent then, because the coloursoft pencils are soft and should not be scratchy. If I need a harder pencil for tight details, the Studio line is what I go to. My problem with Prismacolour, especially what I've been seeing lately, is the cheap casing on them. The casing is cracked and the stamping for the lettering looks like it was done with a hand stamp. An indication of poor quality. I've contact them twice and have not received any reply.

Gisele Grenier: you are very welcome!

K Fu: If you like Prismacolor premier, chances are good you may prefer Derwent Artist colored pencils which are less money than Studio. Derwent makes 2 basic colored pencils Artist and Studio. Artist blends more smoothly, it's their orignial pencil 120 colors, studio is firmer and slightly less vibrant and they cost more. If you can't get prismacolor easily Derwent Artist are sold individually so it won't cost much to try one. Before giving up on them check out their website, it will help. :)

Celepalooza: This is very helpful. Thank you for your time in reviewing these products and offering such great tips!

SuzanneMonster: there's a problem with your video..once I started watching it but had to stop and now I cannot watch it. no sound no picture I can see nothing... :\\

nokia6630videos: I have both Derwent Studio 72 pack and Derwent Watercolor 72 pack. Unfortunately they both suck. I believe Derwent is for kids, don't waste your money on them.
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Comparing Derwent & Prismacolour Pencils 4.7 out of 5

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