Set of 60 Talens Van Gogh PencilsAn artist wrote to me yesterday commenting on how much he liked Talens Van Gogh coloured pencils but how difficult they were to find in the USA. He'd found a supply at his local art store and this is what he had to say
I must say that now that I've found a set of the Talens Van Gogh pencils, I think I'm hooked. I could only get my hands on a set of 30 but so far they are wonderful. I need the rest of the colors and probably the watercolor pencils as well.That last comment made me really sit up and think.
I found a set sitting on a shelf getting dusty at a relatively local art supply shop. They had about a half dozen. They haven't been selling which may be partially due to no open stock to replace them.
Potential US customers should scour their local art supply stores. They may have them. Also, ask about them. We need to increase demand or they won't come back
When I found a supply at my local store (a US national art supply chain and mail order), the manager said they didn't sell and they have reduced what they are carrying (they no longer carry Lyra). He thought it partially due to price, partially due to no marketing and partially due to so many of the books on CP only mentioning Prismacolor and sometimes Polychromos.
How many people buy pencils on the basis of what other people recommend? Quite a lot I should think. Well if Prismacolor and Polychromos are the only brands which ever get mentioned by artists who write books, is it any wonder they tend to take the lead in all my polls about Which is the best brand of artist grade coloured pencil??
The thing is, I believe people say what they're using is good if they are happy with that brand - even if they've never ever tried any other brands! However to my mind, being happy with what you've got is insufficient grounds for saying that this brand is the best
I've tried every brand of coloured pencils and I think there are pros and cons to all of them. I really like my Van Goghs. They're not as robust as the Polychromos and the pigment strength of the Caran d'Ache Luminance are doing a very good job of wooing me at the moment (one pencil at a time due to how expensive they are due to the exchange rate!). However if it were a straight fight between my Van Goghs and Prismacolor Pencils, I know I'd choose the Van Goghs every time.
I decided to resurrect my 2007 review of Talens Van Gogh Pencils and give it another airing on this blog! So here it is - rejigged into the product review format I use on this blog.
|Product: Royal Talens - Van Gogh Pencils (Artists and watercolour)|
|Summary: Excellent coloured pencils which are difficult to find but well worth the effort. If you ever get a chance to try Van Gogh Coloured Pencils, you'll be very pleasantly surprised. I'm very happy to recommend them.|
|Technical Details: Coloured Pencils with guaranteed lightfastness. They helped set the standard for lightfastness for coloured pencils having participated in the original tests. Pigments held in mainly kaolin/wax provide good saturation with smooth application and good blendability|
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|Manufacturer / Distributor: Royal Talens Sophialaan 46, 7311 PD, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands P.O. Box 4, 7300 AA, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands |
Telephone +31 (0)55 - 5274700 Telefax +31 (0)55 - 5215286 www.talens.com
The website also has a tips section for using coloured pencils and even has an outline and then an approach for using their coloured pencils to draw Van Gogh's famous painting of his room in Arles! You can download it from here.
Note: For general information about lightfastness in coloured pencils and specific information about all reputable brands of lightfast pencils see various links on Coloured Pencils: Resources for Artists.