Colored pencil artwork requires few supplies. Many pencil brands are sold at reasonable prices in art stores and online; however, it's best to purchase artist-grade, professional pencils whenever possible. Student-grade pencils will not produce lasting works of art because the colors tend to fade quickly.

Colored Pencils

There are three types of colored pencils: wax-based, oil-based, and water-soluble. You should purchase a few of each and test them to see what looks best on paper.


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