Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils

I tried out the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils on a piece of Arches hot press paper.

Prismacolor pencils!

I decided to use the Arches paper instead of the grid paper I’ve been using for previous drawings to see how the thicker paper would hold up, and to see how the image would look without the underlying grid. I’m still working at a small size at this point (about 5.5 inches square).

I took a few in-progress shots with my iphone while I was working so you can see how the image changes with each added color.

yellow & orange
I started with a layer of yellow ochre, followed by pale vermillion.

yellow, orange & mulberry
The next was a layer of mulberry.

yellow, orange, mulberry & process red
I filled in more of the circle with Process Red.

yellow, orange, mulberry, process red, & true blue
True Blue was the first cool color added, followed by a layer of ultramarine blue to finish up the drawing.


I like the final drawing, but I also like a lot of the in between stages as well. I’m thinking about making a few drawings that are more like “incomplete” circles.

The Prismacolor Premier colored pencils were very nice to work with on the thick paper. The color came off onto the paper very easily, so there was no warping of the paper at all. The biggest challenge was keeping a sharp point. I had to sharpen the Premier pencils a lot more than the Verithins, but also didn’t have to press as hard, so I guess it’s a trade off.

The lines appear a lot more wobbly without the underlying grid to anchor them, but I like the look anyway, and I’ll probably get better at drawing straight lines with a little more practice & patience.

8 Replies to “Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils”

  1. I am LOVING this new series and always eager to see your next step and progression. I like the in progress shots as well and I think you’re definitely going somewhere very interesting by not filling in the whole circle.

    I also love that you let your reader know what material you used and give a little review of it. It’s very helpful.

  2. this is giving me the happies! you should totally let me know when these are available on shirts 🙂 love all of them in each stage.

  3. This is my favorite of the whole series! Fun to see your process/progress as you go. I love the way the colors look on the Arches paper. Hope to see more! 🙂

  4. Okay, now you are using my favorite color medium! Love what you’re doing with it. The Verithins are harder “lead” and I don’t like them as much for the work I do. I love working on Stonehenge paper. It’s 100% cotton, very thick and has the perfect tooth for holding many layers of color. It takes longer to complete a piece, lots of sharpening as you said but I do love CP! Hope to see you use it again soon.

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