The Art of Pencil Crayon Painting 5


The Irojiten (Tombow) pencil crayon - fantastic!!

In my last blog I said I would speak more about this type of pencil crayon once I had a chance to try them out.  I purchased two of the colour dictionaries:  Volumes 1-3 and Volumes 4-5.  I plan on getting the last three volumes soon. 

I have found these pencil crayons superior in many ways to Prismacolor in the depth of pigment and the coverage that they give.  By coverage, I mean that when other pencil crayons stop accepting new layers, these keep on going.  This is a quality I found in Faber-Castells as well.  The Irojiten pencil crayons seem hard and dry, somewhat like Faber-Castells in their feel but they behave a little differently and have a richness of hue that is just exceptional.  They lay down very softly and blend beautifully.  The yellows and greens are great.  After I get more used to them and have my favourites, I will go on to purchasing open stock. 

I am going to do one picture that will be in just Irojiten pencil crayons to see how they behave on their own.  Although I use a combination of pencil crayons from the various makers, I keep them well separated in my jars and make trays of the ones I am currently using on a particular picture.  After the picture is done, the crayons go back to their jars.  Some little rituals that follow a finished piece can be a meditative exercise.    

One thing I really like about the leads in the Irojiten crayons, is that they seem sturdy and less likely to break, a big bugaboo I have with Prismacolor.  I have just met these pencil crayons and I already love them.  I did not have this response with Faber-Castell pencil crayons although I find them a good crayon with rich pigmentation and quite responsive action in blending. 

I don’t wish to give the impression that I am searching for the ultimate pencil crayon. As each of these brands of pencil crayons behave differently I think I will want to keep all of them in my tool kit.  Sometimes the weakness in a product is its strength on the paper.  It all depends on what the piece demands at the time. 

I will flag the Irojiten “only” picture in my gallery when done.