Winged unicorn. Horned Pegasus. Alicorn. Unasis. Pegacorn. UNIPEGASUSACORN! Whatever you prefer to call these guys, it's a super-sparkle magical horse with wings and a horn.
I actually tried out some new colored pencils with this one - they're called Caran d'Ache, and they come from Switzerland. They are. Um. AWESOME. I can honestly say that I am not sure whether I like Carans or Prismacolors better right now. They can handle my mush-it-together technique, as well as a light, layered technique. The leads are more consistent than Prismas, and they keep a point a lot better. The downside? They're twice as expensive as most of the other colored pencils out there. I am beginning to think the Carans may be worth it, though. The results (and the way they feel during coloring process) are wonderful.
So! This is Caran d'Ache pencils on cold-pressed illustration board. I also included a Gilson turquoise stone (it's an imitation stone), and assorted shiny bits.
Original art: sold.
5x7 inches for $10
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches not available
16x20 inches not available
Caran d'Ache is one of those high fallutin' professional brands. They come from Switzerland, and as far as I've been able to find, only Jerry's Art-a-Rama catalogue and the Dick Blick catalogue carry the big sets. I suspect the reason for that is that the big sets are really, really expensive and only crazy colored pencil people like me will shell out the money to get them.
The turquoise-looking thing is called Gilson turquoise. It's a man-made stone that imitates the color and patterns of blue turquoise. Real, natural turquoise is pretty difficult to get these days because a lot of the mines are getting tapped out (real malachite is the same way, incidentally). The small bits that I've run across (NOT in the art and craft stores - that stuff is all fake - but at rock shows) tends to be pretty expensive.
LOL - The little shiny things are, in fact, three-dimensional. The scanner does a good job of picking up certain shapes' highlights and shadows.
LOL - Thanks!
It's not just you... Prismacolor pencils tend to be very fragile. I end up swearing a blue streak at mine at least a couple of times per coloring session.
I found a pencil sharpener that I can adjust so that it leaves a very short, sharp point that does not break quite so readily. It's called a T'gaal - they look like this: www.dickblick.com/products/hol… Dick Blick doesn't have these sharpeners in stock right now, but Amazon and some of the other art catalogues should have them.
If you can afford 'em, I definitely recommend the Caran d'Ache.
The Faber Castell Polychromos are good, but they require a light touch (very hard leads, good for light layering on white or light-colored vellum surface paper) and really can't be used over dark watercolor backgrounds (much to my dismay). I haven't played with the Derwents yet; they're going to be among my next experiments.