Lyra Rembrandt Colour Pencils
- 12 Grey Tones
- 12 Assorted
- 24 Assorted
- 36 Assorted
- 72 Assorted
- Prestige Set
Since 1806, LYRA has been known for its unique, high-quality pencils. Pencils like their Polycolour and Groove pencils not only excel in the quality department, they also set a new standard for pencil design and functionality. Shop our selection of LYRA products and you’re sure to find something that appeals to your aesthetic sensibility.
The artist has numerous arrows in her quiver when it comes to selecting the medium in which to practice her art. For the illustrator, the arrow of choice is the coloured pencil, owing to its ready availability, portability, relatively low cost, and the range of artistic purposes with which coloured pencils can be put to use. Indeed, when applied correctly in the hands of a talented artist, coloured pencil drawings can take on the lustre, colour, and beauty of a painting.
The Importance of Pigment
While the origins of coloured pencils are somewhat ambiguous, by the first quarter of the 20th-century their use saw widespread adoption by professional artists. At its core, coloured pencils are simply wooden shafts filled with a coloured pigment. This pigment is held together with a binder that when spread over a surface transfers the colour to the medium. It is these binders that determine how a pencil performs on a given surface area. The three most popular types of bindings used in colour pencils include wax, oil, and water-soluble based pigments.
Wax pigment—using wax to bind pigments allows for the creation of either hard or soft pencil core. The core is the coloured part of the pencil. Wax provides excellent coverage however; it shows a predilection towards quicker wear, breakage, and the leaving of debris. Additionally, wax usage produced a bloom, which is a coating of powdery film that mars the composition after the colour’s application.
Oil-based pigment—somewhat harder than wax-based colour pencils, vegetable oil based pigment hold together better, and these pencils exhibit a longer life span as a result. Further, for those struggling with the “bloom effect” of wax-based coloured pencils, their oil-based counterparts eliminate that problem.
Blending in with Colour Pencils
One of the reasons that artist favour the use of colour pencils is the wide range of applications that can be mastered with their usage. Two popular techniques that are utilized with coloured pencils is layering and burnishing.
Layering—typically used in the beginning stages of a composition, layering requires the patient, gradual application of tones that are built up using numerous layers of primary colours. This technique exposes the tooth of the paper and generally results in a fuzzy and grainy finish.