In the Ultramarine corner, all the way from Yonkers, New York...weighing in at .17 ounces is Prismacolor pencils.
In the crimson corner, all the way from Cleveland, Ohio...weighing in at .22 ounces is Polychromo pencils.
Lets have a good clean fight!
|Prismacolor pencils (P1)|
|Polychromo pencils (P2) (drawing in progress)|
With only about 3 hours into my fox drawing with Poychromos pencils I can already tell the huge difference between the two pencils.
These are my observations~
1) I am able to get the fine details that I normally get with my Tombow graphite pencils using P 2. plus I can use my Tombow pencils right along side the colored pencils...all the whiskers are with graphite.
2) My biggest pet peeve was all the tiny wax pieces everywhere with P1, no matter how careful I was! I was scraping off pieces with a razor blade on my swan...you can see slight residue on the actual piece.
3) I would have a beautiful sharpened point on P1 but as soon as I started drawing, it would break...my second biggest pet peeve with P1!! I know I am heavy handed with my pencils but come on! I did not have that issue with P2.
4) My local art store carries both pencils and I noticed that P2 had a lot less colors...altho the whole point of cp is to layer to get a beautiful vibrancy, so I'm not seeing this as an issue...but I am still a newbie at this!
5) Price- A LOT more for P2 than P1, BUT, because of the breaking points, I had to sharpen way more and so I went through 2 black and 2 white pencils on my tiger...I probably would not have with P2
6) I was able to erase the Polychromo pencils!! Because P1 is wax based erasing is impossible.
7) I have about the same amount of layers on both drawings, altho I pretty sure I can go with more on my fox (P2)
8) P2 pencils are wider so they barely fit in my pencil sharpener...I have to tug them out.
9) I had heard that the white P2 pencil did not work well, so instead I just bought a Caran d'Aches Blanc pencil to use and it worked perfectly along side P2
So, despite a few glitches such as price and width, the clear champion for me is the Polychromo pencils!