Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils

I finished up my first colored pencil drawing, using the Prismacolor Verithins.

Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils

These drawings take a really long time to make. There’s a lot of detail and a lot of overlap, so it’s just a process that takes a while. The results are well worth it, and overall they’re a lot of fun to create because they change so much as I develop the pattern and add new colors.

Drawing in progress

The leads of the Verithins are rather hard, so I found myself pressing very firmly on the paper to get the color to show up, especially with the lightest pink and green. Because of that, I ended up embossing the paper so much that it’s rippled and doesn’t lay quite flat. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get a good scan, but the shadows are very slight.

colored pencil

I’m going to do another drawing using the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to check out the difference, but ultimately I plan to do a series of these on larger plain paper.

Suffice it to say, I’m very happy with my new colored pencils so far!

8 Replies to “Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils”

  1. Wow! The overlapping colors are so cool! I love seeing your process and I’d love to see where you go with this next. The graph paper is fun for a test sketch, but I’m really interested in seeing what you do on a more substantial plain paper. Maybe a thicker paper will stand up better to the hard lead, too.

    1. I was thinking that too–better paper might work well, plus it won’t have the blue lines which I find interfere with the lightest colors somewhat. I’m also thinking that working larger will actually be easier in terms of maintaining detail and showing the overlap/transparency. I’m excited about how this is progressing and will definitely share the next step!

  2. Hi, Anika! Thank you for your mention. You really have wonderful blog and drawing and illustrations! WHat a very talented artist! Glad to see you via blogshpehere <3


  3. i find with the harder pencils, a harder surface is much better for getting colour onto the paper without killing your hand. If the paper’s in a book, take out the page you’re working on, or arrange it somehow that allows you to have direct contact to the support through a single sheet. It may not emboss as much then.
    Hope that helps 🙂

    1. Thank you! I will try that out sometime. I do remember that the surface I used under the paper had some give to it, so hopefully a harder surface will help!

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