In today’s post I will be reviewing;
- Manufacturer/Brand; Faber-Castell/ Polychromos
- Item number: FC110012
- RRP at time of writing: £20.75 for set of 12
Reason For Buying
The one’s in the picture were a gift from my friend but I have since bought the larger 36 pencil set. I wanted to use these for looser drawings like doodles and perhaps some colouring images
- Comfortable diameter in the hand
- Smooth feel of colour, feels a bit like a wax crayon as colour goes down
- High wax content means they can be tricky to blend
- Results vary considerably from surface to surface
Faber-castell have always been excellent quality and these pencils are no exception. The tins are well designed and hold closed well, yet are still easy to open.
Value for Money
Good, these pencils aren’t cheap but they are pigment rich and fine art quality so worth the investment
Would I buy it Again?
After getting used to the 12 set, I went for the 36 set to increase the choice of colours. I am considering adding a few individual pencils for certain colours but I’m not looking to invest in the 72 set.
These pencils are an acquired taste, they are smooth like crayons, but the high wax content have made them tricky to get used to. If you are interested in them but not sure weather they will be for you, I’d highly recommend buying few individual pencils and try them on the surfaces you most use to see if they work well for you.
Have a look around the web, there are a lot of talented artists that achieve fantastic results with these pencils so I feel it is my lack of skill rather than any fault of the product that I found them a bit of a struggle to use. My dexterity let me down with these as I think the trick to them is layering and burnishing, which I couldn’t manage.
- Faber-Castell UK site but links to other countries from there.
- Polychromos pencils on Amazon UK
- Set of 12 on Amazon UK
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon