Reported by Lisa Fulmer
Above I drew some simple line art on textured cardstock so you can see how dusty the pencils are, like drawing with charcoal. It’s really fun to smudge the colors with your finger or a paper stump.
This little tree is on a smoother lined paper. Colors blend really nicely together on any surface, and it’s easy to erase mistakes. You do have to be careful where you rest your hand as you draw, so you don’t smear your work. I spray my finished work lightly with a fixative to seal it in.
Carbothellos are heavily pigmented, which is most noticable on dark paper – they are very opaque and bright!
Each color has a rating for light-fastness, indicated with asterisks on the barrel (1 star is less resistant to fading over time in bright light; 5 stars is more resistant to fading over time in bright light).
You can blend colors with a damp brush also – painting watercolor effects is so much easier for me with pencils.
Here are a few more of my Carbothello drawings – as a “seasoned beginner'” I find these pencils really easy to work with, especially as I practice different styles of drawing.
- you get the look and feel of pastel crayons, but in a pencil that you can sharpen
- you can achieve a variety of looks with blending, smudging, or adding water
- full color palette
- costs only about $1-$2 per pencil depending on where you shop and whether you buy them individually or in sets
- takes some time to get used to drawing without accidentally smearing your work
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Have you used Carbothello Pencils? Any tips or ideas? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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