Why Coloured Pencils?

November 5, 2018

I started drawing at a young age and always enjoyed it, mostly just graphite pencils and occasional attempts at paint. I tried my hand at ballpoint pen art too but generally speaking it was black and white. 


When it came time to add colour I figured I would need to turn to paint. The thing is a paintbrush is a very different tool to a pencil! It takes a completely different mindset and group of skills/ techniques to master and I struggle/d to get the same level of detail that I love into any painting I attempted.


I then discovered water colour pencils and thought this was a good compromise, I could still get some washed of colour but also be able to use them dry to get some finer detail. I fell in love with my Derwent Inktense pencils for a while too. 


 Like many artists I craved learning more and I started to follow lots of amazing artists on Instagram like Bonny Snowden, Jess Fletcher and Jessica Lennox (I'm on there as @sophielouisecreates) and I began to discover coloured pencils! I had tried it in the past with Prisma colors but I didn't get on well with them. After a couple of practice pieces I started to like things and when Amazon had a sale I bought a 36 set of Faber Castell Polychromos and I have not looked back!!