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CarbOthello by Stabilo
When it comes to colored pencils, I love these chalk-like pastel pencils by Stabilo. They come in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60. I find that my set of 24 is just enough to achieve any color I need for my drawings, but I don’t really use them for detailed and realistic work. If you are more into creating realistic illustration and paintings you may consider getting one of the big sets.
The pigment is intense and vibrant. They are easily blended together (dry or by adding water) so you can achieve a whole palette of colors in any shade. The possibilities are endless.
I like to use the pencils to add color to my ink drawings. It really makes them come to life.
The pencils may be a little advanced for a complete beginner but will prove a great product for mid to high-level artists.
For a quick demonstration of how you can work with the pencils, check out the video below:
Copic Sketch markers by .Too
These are my all time favorite colored markers, especially useful when coloring in comic style. Copic markers are very popular among comic and manga artists.
They come in various sets and are also sold separately. There are 358 colors in total so you can find any color and shade that you need.
They are dual tipped with a fine tip and a chisel tip, so different results can be achieved depending on which one is used.
I have been using Holbein watercolors for years and I really love how beautiful they look on paper. The colors are intense and in a set of 24 there really are no limitations to the palette that you can build with them.
The pigments blend well and once dry the colors are smooth and beautiful. Even after the paint dries on your palette, you can re-liquefy it and it won’t get crusty.
I would recommend these to any artist, on any level. I used these watercolors back when I was just starting out and even though I had no skill, they were easy to use and I was very happy with my results.
Winton Oil Paints Winsor & Newton
I decided to include one product from oil paint category even though I do not paint with oils anymore. Still, back when I did Winsor & Newton brand was my favorite choice. Oil paints can be very expensive and this brand offers a very good price for their quality pigments.
The paints can be used by beginning as well as professional artists. If you don’t have anything against synthetic pigments (and most people won’t see any difference) then you should definitely try these out.