I haven’t quite jumped on the coloring bandwagon until recently. I got a set of Irojiten colored pencils from Tombow. I didn’t have an adult coloring book to give them a try with, I only have coloring books for my son and they aren’t really that inspiring. Anyway, I’ve been seeing mandalas all around the internet and thought “I could make one of those and then use my new colored pencils to color it”. I drew a circle and began to draw…
Yeah… so thats how that went… So, plan b… illustrator. I made a few mandalas in illustrator, see that post here.
Once I picked my picture to color, I opened my new colored pencil set and they weren’t sharpened. Not that that’s a problem, but so you know, you’ll have to sharpen 12 colored pencils. The sharpener and a sand eraser are included, so you have everything you need.
So, about these colored pencils. They are amazing. I was only familiar with the mass market colored pencils, Crayola and Rose Art, these are in a league way above those. One of the things I loved about these pencils were that they were so smooth when coloring. You know how a regular colored pencil sounds kind of scratchy when you’re coloring. These don’t, they are so smooth and glide over the paper. I also liked that the color is super rich and you can build upon them. Sometimes when you’re coloring wth other colored pencils, the color you see is the color you get, layering and blending aren’t really an option. These, you can layer and blend and give your coloring dimension. You’ll notice in my picture that I colored, you can kind of see the pencil marks. I think that probably has more to do with the paper than the pencils. Next time I’m at the craft store (the nearest one is 1.5 hours away) I want to get a blending pencil to see if I can get those to smooth out.
In this particular set, there is such a range of colors, and with layering and blending, you can color just about anything. My favorite color has to be the surprise red because its not quite pink but not really red either, its very nice.
As you see, the set comes with an eraser and pencil sharpener. A note about the eraser. It is a life saver. It is the Mono Sand Eraser, it can erase almost anything. It does that by being abrasive and essentially sanding the top layer of your paper away. It may not be the solution to every mistake, but its usually worth trying to see if it will save your work.
So, without further ado… my masterpiece!
Yeah, I need to work on my lighting…
What do you think?