Here’s a short little review comic I did about Prismacolor colored pencils, and how sad it makes me that they’ve been declining in quality over the years! I’ve mostly switched over to Polychromos by now (and will be 100% converted by the next ATCF chapter break), and they’re definitely great pencils, but I think I’m always going to miss the old Berol Prismacolors I got to draw with as a little kid.
Incidentally, one of the reasons I decided to draw this comic is because I’ve heard Prismacolor sometimes used my work in promotional presentations they give at comic cons. I don’t mind them doing it too much (I *did* use their products for many years!), but just want to set the record straight that I don’t use their pencils anymore, and don’t recommend them to other artists :/
Also, if anyone’s interested in seeing my mom’s colored pencil work (which I mentioned in this comic), she’s still an active artist and art teacher out in California: http://artof2sisters.com
I used Prismacolor pencils a lot as a teenager, starting around the same year pigeonbits’s comic says they got back into them and found the quality changed. My mom had also used them as a professional and I had to beg and beg and beg to get some for myself since I was finally “old enough” to take care of them!
I remember it working out at first, but as time went on, yeah, the problem with the leads being all broken all the time led me to stop using them as well. I moved onto watercolor at that point so I didn’t search for an alternative, but I will definitely keep this recommendation in mind!
But yeah, I don’t recommend them either. I used to use the markers a lot, too, but I don’t know how those are doing those days. I know they changed the packaging/design of them but I don’t know about the quality.