Koh-i-noor Polycolor greyline pencils review and demonstration — Drawing The Batman
Today I am going to review and demonstrate
the Koh I noor polycolor colored pencils. They are oil based colored pencils like the
polychromos pencils from faber castell. And they come in a total of 72 colors. They are
available in sets of various numbers. And there are some special sets such as the brown
line , grey line and portrait colors. Here I have the grey line with me, which is a collection
of 12 different greys. On opening the box you get some booklets describing
the pencils. And when unfolding it you can see almost all the products that are available
from the brand koh I noor. They produce a whole lot of art products apart from these
pencils . Their water color pencil range and the pastel range are also famous for their
quality. Eventhough they are oil based pencils like polychromos they are a lot cheaper than
polychromos in many countries. So coming to the pencils, here we have 12
different greys. Most of them are warm greys and they have slight greenish tinge. We don’t
have a black or white in this box but the darkest color is almost as dark as black and
the lightest is almost as light as white. The pencils are thin and hexagonal shaped.
But the leads are thick. Almost as thick as that of prismacolor pencils.. They have their
brand and color code printed onto their pencils and the entire pencil is colored according
to the lead color. They have a golden colored cap at the end.
For the demonstration I will draw the batman because he is mostly in greyscale. For the
small part of the face that is showing through the mask I will use Derwent coloursoft pencils.
As you can see I am using the darkest grey for most of the areas in his face mask. I
immediately noticed how easy it was to lay down the colors with these pencils. They feel
a bit harder than the polychromos. But we can achieve a uniform shade without any difficulties.
The pencils felt sturdy except for a lighter grey I used later in this drawing which kept
on breaking while sharpening. So I am continuing to layer the dark greys
in his face mask. It was really easy to blend the colors together and it was not that difficult
to achieve a smooth gradation with these pencils. They have a more controlled approach to layering.
And They have that perfect consistency for layering. Its not as soft as polychromos but
not as hard as Derwent Artists range. I am planning to use baby oil as a solvent
to blend and smoothen the drawing later. So I am not bothered about the grainy look of
the drawing now. I used to use distilled turpentine for blending colored pencils but now I use
baby oil instead. they are actually better than distilled turpentine in many aspects.
Like they have a pleasant smell and because they are more viscous we get more control
while blending. I am taking a small quantity of baby oil into
a flat brush and then I will wipe off the excess with a paper towel. And just like using
the dry brush technique I will rub the brush over the drawing until it smoothens out. This
way you will never damage the paper or drawing. Now I am drawing the rest of his body by blocking
in the lighter colors first and then layering the darker colors on top of that. I am enjoying
layering with these pencils. Its fast and easy and gives you a smooth result at the
end. So with these pencils you can definitely make some great drawings.
Remind you I have only their greylines with me. I don’t know the properties of their
colored pencils, but I hope they are good as well.
So coming to the pros and cons, overall I really liked these pencils they are great
for layering and covering large areas with ease. They can be easily sharpened to a fine
point and detailing is really easy like with the polychromos. And they work really well
with solvents like baby oil. coming to the drawbacks, they are not as soft
as the polychromos or prismacolors. Some colors tend to break easily, and the color tends
to smudge a lot. Its even worse than polychromos in that aspect. So care must be taken not
to accidentally smudge and ruin the drawing. So this is a short review and demonstration
of Koh I noor polycolor pencils. And I hope you like it.
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