I'm not a colored pencil...
December 28, 2014
I'm not a colored pencil artist in any way, so this is coming from someone who
uses the color red for correcting. Typically, I use 3 colors as I do that many
passes over a draft: red, blue and black. Red is the first color that is used as
the biggest changes usually come with that pass. Blue is just further
refinements and black is small adjustments.
This means that the red does have to be RED and noticeable. Something that
actually pops off the page. My preferred writing paper isn't bright white
either, it's Strathmore's 24lb Woven Natural White, which is easier on my eyes.
On this paper, even red pens tend to become a tad darker or dull.
This pencil, though, is a different story. I was rather impressed how well it
pops off the page. And it really is red. Not a red hue or red tinged, but red
red. After writing a test sentence I colored a block and it's just a fantastic
The lead is very smooth and creamy. While it doesn't bite or scratch at the
page, it drags due to the afore mentioned qualities. The drag isn't too
horrible, but it is noticeable. This is probably a lead that won't stand up well
to the slamming usually involved with users that write quickly with print, but
for those who have honed their penmanship it will work well.
I can't wait to use this pencil on the current draft that is well on its way to
being finished. For once, maybe the drudgery of proofing will be dulled a bit!