Polychromos


Prismacolor vs. Polychromos Pencils (DIFFERENCES):

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PRISMACOLORS vs. POLYCHROMOS
PRISMACOLORS POLYCHROMOS
Wax-based Oil-based
Very fragile (brittle lead) Harder lead; seldom breaks
Wooden casings sometimes split
(which leads to lead breakage)
Lead is bonded to wooden casing
White Prismacolor layers better than Polys Easier to get finer detail
Lead can be sharpened to a finer point
Gets wax-bloom
(pigment stops sticking to previous layer, which equals to lesser possible layers)
Can place more layers; more flexibility
More choices in color Even though less colors, can mix more colors due to layering and flexibility
Need a paper underneath hand, due to pigment lifting off paper onto hand
Moderately priced More expensive (usually +25-30%)