August 20, 2009

Prisma lightfast vs Prismas Premier

Yesterday I received my very first Prismacolor Lightfast pencils. Only 5 but enough for trying out and comparing.

My first impression and my later as well is that I like them but they are definately NOT comparable to their little brothers and sisters the Premiers.

Lightfasts are in my opinion much harder and the pigment is not that willing to stay on the paper. I made a diect comparison with Premiers - means nearly the same colors were compared.

Also the solving with both oil and Zest-It was not that nice. And I had problems to apply enough layers to achieve a look I am used to get with my "cheep" prismas.

Maybe it's the colors I used (cobalt blue hue, canary yellow, raw umber, diox. purple hue, neutral grey 2) and I had bad luck to order just the hardes colors but however - after using and comparing these I am sure I'll stand by my Prismas and Pablos - both are much better! Maybe not that lightfast - but I do not care about it because my art is not that good or precious - it is a problem of the future generations to conserve and restore the "masterful artwork" of Mrs Alberts. <--- me. Computer Smileys

In the meantime I've heard that Sanford stopped producing these pencils and the 'lightfast' pencils will be incoorporated into the regular prisma line.


Saera Lin said...

Hi. I used to use the regular Prisma Color pencils, and tried the lightfast ones too. I also love the old ones. They are so much better. I have artworks that have not changed one bit and they are over 7 years old. I can post my site if anyone wishes to look. One whimsical mermaid artwork is over ten years old, in a matte frame, and I have sold them on ebay years ago. None have changed, or faded. Although I have done some lovely work with the lightfast pencils, by Prisma Color, I still find the old ones, which I have tons of, much softer, willing to hold to the artpaper. I use Bristol Smooth 100lb. art paper for most artworks using Prisma Color Pencils. I really love them, but perhaps I will try some others as well. Ive used this brand for a long long time. I have only a few artworks but here is my site. It's so much fun using them.
Saera Lin

Martina said...

Hi Saera,
I would be interested in seeing your Artwork. May I invite you to where you can show your artwork and discuss with many other CP lovers?

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