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Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T)


Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T)


Soft leads create a smooth color laydown for superior blending and shading. Thick, long-lasting color cores resist breakage and bring bold statements to life. Pigments are slow to wear, light-resistant, and waterproof. A wide array of colors to choose from makes it easy to find a soft spot for these premium pencils. Vivid and intense in one stroke and subtle and soft in the next, they are perfect for any project.

  • Soft leads create a smooth color laydown for superior blending and shading.
  • Thick, long-lasting color cores resist breakage and bring bold statements to life.
  • Pigments are slow to wear, light-resistant, and waterproof.
  • A wide array of colors to choose from makes it easy to find a soft spot for these premium pencils.
  • Vivid and intense in one stroke and subtle and soft in the next, they are perfect for any project.

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  1. 317 of 325 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great starter set if you are just getting into using colored pencils, but you will soon want more!, October 20, 2010
    By 
    ARH (The Shadow of the Tetons) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T) (Office Product)
    I have been doing illustration work for my personal enjoyment since the 1980s, and I have been using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils for nearly 15 years. This 48-pencil set was the one I started with, and it served me well. After using these pencils for a while I soon found that I wanted to expand my horizons and I invested in the 120 pencil set. Now you have the option of 72, 120, or 130+ pencil set. Enjoy!

    I have to tell you that these pencils are a pleasure to work with. I use them mainly for doing biological and scientific illustration, but I use them for other things as well. I was introduced to them by a professional biological illustrator who’s guidance was, use only the best. Of the colored pencils I’ve used over the years, these are the best I’ve found.

    Prismacolor Premier colored pencils have a soft lead, so soft that you need to tread lightly as you apply them, or the lead is easily broken. On the other hand, the soft lead makes these colors much easier to blend once they are on the paper, and allow you to put down your colors layer by layer and produce the effects you are after.

    I find that for my work a good companion investment for these colored pencils is an electric pencil sharpener, because a sharp lead allows you to put the color down onto paper with greater precision, and gives better results.

    I have used these pencils on a variety of surfaces ranging from drafting velum to mat board to Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads – 14 x 17, Bristol Pad, 20 sheets, Vellum, and Canson Mitientes 122 Flannel Gray – 19×25 Inch Sheet which comes in many colors, as well as hot press and cold press board, 300 lb. water color paper, and a variety of other art boards. Of course, colored pencil works best on a surface that has at least a moderate tooth (paper surface roughness), because once the tooth is filled with lead it is extremely difficult to put down more color.

    Word of warning: Make sure that you handle these pencils carefully, because if you drop them on a hard floor the lead can break inside of the pencil, ruining it.

    5 stars all the way! You will enjoy these pencils as long as you realize that you can’t power them onto the paper, and that the lead will wear down quickly because they are so soft. Enjoy!

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  2. 192 of 198 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great colored pencils marred by inconsistent production, February 15, 2014
    By 
    B. Ackley (Douglasville, GA) –

    This review is from: Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T) (Office Product)
    When I decided to invest in a new set of colored pencils for my illustration work Prismacolor premier colored pencils were the first brand that came to mind. I had owned a wonderful set in my school days. Researching the various sets available I learned through other reviews that Prismacolor had been acquired by another company and manufacturing had been moved to Mexico. Reading through reviews by other artists I saw the same concerns about broken cores, warped pencils and off center leads cropped up in review after review. There were too many negative statements for me to ignore the issues and I decided to purchase other colored pencils brands. However, after various degrees of satisfaction I broke down and bought the Prismacolor 48 set on a whim. I have used these pencils for several weeks and felt I should add my comments to the ongoing discussion concerning the quality of Prismacolor pencils.

    First, the bad. The variety of colors in the 48 count set was fine although I would have liked more yellow or greys and the 2 metallic pencils ( silver and gold) were completely a waste in such a basic set. The pencils were packaged in two flimsy plastic trays which allowed the pencils to flop around in the tin. The pencils now come sharpened – a change from older sets and open stock. Upon opening I did a quick examination of the pencils and I must confirm that indeed the quality control at Prismacolor is in freefall. In the set there were 2 pencils where the pencil barrel had been crushed/chipped before the pencil was painted. I found another pencil where the Prismacolor branding, color name and number were blurred/ distorted in a printing mishap. While Prismacolor pencils fall in the more affordable range of artist quality pencils these production issues are inexcusable. A student on limited funds would be upset to have even 1 or 2 junk pencils in the set.

    Now, the good news. Prismacolor pencils still lay down gorgeous, vibrant and fairly lightfast pigment. Having tried Derwent Coloursoft, Bruynzeel design pencils and Faber Castell Polychromos pencils I found Prismacolor to be one of the best performers. The terms “creamy” and “buttery” are often thrown around when discussing colored pencils but in regards to Prismacolor the terms are accurate. The pencils lay down smooth and the color easily blends to create vibrant, spectacular work. Even with the few bad pencils in my set I felt these pencils were a great value. I found myself returning to the Prismacolor pencil set because they were bright, easy to blend and just a real pleasure to use. The pencils did not smudge or smear but could be manipulated to create gorgeous layers of color. The availability of prismacolor open stock at most art stores allowed me to replaced the bad pencils and adding those costs into the overall price the set was still cheaper than competing brands.

    Prismacolor sets and open stock maybe harder to get in Europe, Australia and Asia. If you are a customer who does live in one of those territories you may want to think before you purchase a set.

    Overall, I found myself quite happy with Prismacolor premier pencils. While I do not use them for my commercial work I take them with me on trips to use in my sketchbook. I have not experienced any broken cores and I do advise someone who has never used prismacolor pencils to only hand sharpened the leads. DO NOT USE the Prismacolor pencil sharpener or an electric sharpener. I recommend an Alvin jar sharpener or round brass pencil sharpener if you are not comfortable with using a knife to sharpen. If you purchase a set of Prismacolor pencils examine your pencils closely for damaged pencils. Most hobby shops in the USA offer open stock and the bad pencils can easily be replaced if the pencil is not usable.

    I’m hopeful Prismacolor will heed the concerns of the art community and step up to resolve the issues. The pencils are truly amazing and a brand worth protecting.

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  3. 114 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Supreme colored pencils, November 15, 2005
    By 
    Holly Kennedy
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T) (Office Product)
    Easily blended, brilliantly colored, well crafted pencils. Good for any type of work. Very waxy; if you are heavy-handed, watch out for blooming. They are a little too soft for precision work; buy a few Verithin.

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