Since I started doing reviews on here, my beautiful wife Patrice has been taking interest and suggesting products and buying me things. Recently she asked if she could do some reviews, well who was I to say no? This first one is of a set of coloured pencils I bought when I was attempting to get creative a few years ago. It contains:
24 Art Grip triangular colouring pencils, 6 standard graphite pencils – 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B and 6B, A dust-free eraser and A pencil sharpener.
So the art grips are pretty nice pencils in my opinion. Andrew picked these up a few years ago at Big W for some unknown price and hasn’t used them since. For this reason I have decided to claim them as my own.
I’m a big fan of triangular pencils/pens mainly because they fit nicely into my hands as I’m writing and when you write in a weird way like me it is smoother. The style of the pencils is also quite nice in a typical Faber-Castell way which makes me feel a little less like a primary school student drawing with coloured pencils.
As you can see in the picture, it’s easy to make textured objects appear as such with different pressures and techniques; however I feel that the lead could have been softer to really allow for a smoother line with a lighter hand.
Another drawback for the pencils is the colours. Although they’re nice colours, there really aren’t many of the basic colours; for example, there is only one red however there are three browns, four greens and three yellows. I know, given that they’re ‘grown-up’ pencils you would expect greens and browns to be used more but I really do think that in this set there is an underrepresentation of the fun colours. Also, who uses ‘gold?’ It’s clearly a Faber-Castell mistake as we all remember the dreaded ‘baby-poo’ connector pen that was supposed to be gold but really wasn’t.
That being said, they really are nice pencils and come with plain leads, an eraser, a sharpener and a pretty little box with a slide-y lid that’s good to lean on. As can be seen in the pictures, you don’t have to be great at drawing to have little kid fun with these grown up pencils.
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