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Old 01-12-2009, 10:09 PM
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Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

Has anyone got these?, what are they like?, what do they compare too? yes I am looking at more pencil buuutttt compare to some I haven't got many sets at all
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I bought a few open stock Blick pencils, and I do not like them as much as Prismacolors...they don't seem to be as soft and don't go on as smooth. They are a lot cheaper, though.

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:27 PM
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

thanks Char I luv my prisma colors I am looking at Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils as well I have a few of these and like them
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:38 PM
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

Comparitively , as CRYork said , they are not Prismacolors , they have a good color variety , but if you are going to do alot of blending they have the consistency of Crayola colored pencils. It also depends on the color , as with Crayolas , sky blue is much harder than navy , with turquoise in between (in terms of the smoothness of the lay-down) not a good thing if you switch colors to find you are not getting the consistancy you were looking forward to.
Also , Blick's , as do some others , have a relatively high rate of minor impurities , picture this - you're moving along , color's going down nicely , the SCRATCH!!! , an impurity and it has gouged your paper and will not erase.
Just some tips from a colored pencil fanatic , I have just about every brand I have ever found , not knocking trying cheaper names , you never know what you might stumble upon
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:15 AM
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I like them... just used some on colourfix paper and they work well.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:30 AM
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I had a sample set sent to me right before they were introduced- I thought that they were pretty nice pencils- As previously mentioned, I found them a little harder than Prismas. I think that they were a bit softer than Polychromos- Right in between somewhere.

I just didn't really NEED another brand- I've got too many pencils as it is

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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

The Blick Studio Artists's look very much like Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth Polycolor pencils from the Czech Republic! My Polycolors from late 1990s have a thick and soft lead, plenty of pigment, and a pleasing odor; they are not as lightfast as for example Faber-Castells and Caran d'Aches but they were cheap.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:52 AM
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I liked them better when I first started using them, than I do now. They don't just feel harder, but waxier, I think. Some colors worse than others.

They are a good product, but not an excellent one. I give them 5 stars for value, but if you are willing to pay more, you can get a better product.

Sometimes I do not agree with the color labeling. I read a color on the pencil, and when I color with it, feel disappointed, especially for colors that are regular color wheel colors. I like to draw geometric designs and use a color wheel to choose my colors. For example the red-violet is much pinkier than my color wheels, and I have now been using a prismacolor dahlia purple instead.

I have a combination of Blick and Prismacolors, and probably will continue to do so, but will lean more to the prismas and only use a Blick to fill in a color not available in prisma open stock.
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I too was sent some samples in an order when they were being introduced. They seemed very waxy and I much prefer my FC Polys and Prismas. Guess it all comes down to personal preference.
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I haven't been in this forum for quite awhile. Saw this thread and decided to comment.

Myself, I don't like them either. Too hard, do not blend well at all. I think they are in comparison with Crayola Pencils. Not satisfied at all.
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I got a white one recently, and did not make as strong a mark as the prismas on PAPER. Now on sanded paper, might be a different story.
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

Yeah, for the reason people are describing they don't like them... is probably why they behaved well on the sanded support [harder, scratchier etc] I think I'll post my drawing where I used them.
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

Hmm. The Blick Studio Artists's are probably harder than my Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth Polycolors from 1990s. But the hues seem to be exactly the same!
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I am so glad I found this thread.....I was very curious if y'all liked the blick pencils, and if anyone had any idea who actually made them.....I trust maned wolf's knowledge on this and suspect that indeed Koh-i-noor is the manufacturer. I think blick's has their name brand items made by some other company who agrees to let them put a personal label on them. I know of one manufacturer who wanted his product to be a blick brand, but they do go for the cheapest it seems to me a lot of the time, not the nicest, but the 'bargain' brand....although their paint brushes are some of the very best!
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Re: Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils

I have done tattoo flash with them and they blended nicely using the Prismas colorless blender. They are harder and hold a point well. They layer nicely but you need a light touch with them.
My avatar was done with Blick pencils.
I still primarily use Derwent and Prismas
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