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Koh I Noor Hardtmuth portrait pencils review: Sue Pownall

Koh I Noor Hardtmuth portrait pencils review: Sue Pownall

Posted by Mary on 7th Sep 2018

Many (many!) years ago, Sue Pownall and I both studied graphic design at Plymouth Art College. Since then Sue has had an exciting and varied career, travelling the world, studying history, teaching English... and now she's a full time artist and illustrator. Who better to review these pencils? Over to Sue...

"Having rediscovered coloured pencils a few years ago, it was with great anticipation that I opened a set of Koh I Noor’s portrait coloured pencils. I’ve used their graphite pencils before, which are great, but not the coloured pencils, so I started with a test strip of the various colours.

From the first mark, they were lovely to use with all the colours being soft and easily blended and covering the paper well. On the portrait, the layers built up effortlessly, creating depth and tone. With the lady’s snow white hair, this was important, otherwise it could have looked either washed out or a solid block of colour, neither effect is wanted within a drawing. Instead, depth and tone was easily achieved with the Koh I Noor pencils.

The whole portrait was completed with the Koh I Noor pencils from the portrait set, with the addition of a black for the irises. The set is well thought out for a variety of skin tones, and there was not a colour or shade that I would add to the set. I am looking forward to starting another portrait."

Thanks to Sue for this review and the wonderful portrait; in case you're wondering, it's Sue's Mum.