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All these charts were prepared on the same paper ( Fabriano Accademia 200gm )
Scanned on the same scanner ( Hewlett Packard G4010 )
and adjusted to the same settings.
Any variation in colour between one shown on the chart and one done by yourself with the same brand and colour, will show an identical variation through all the charts.
If you have a problem printing, and getting an accurate colour image
Email me at
And I will see if there is a possible cure
Single sheet charts
Faber Castell Polychromos
Caran d’Ache Pablo
Karisma / Prismacolor
This chart initially added June 2011
I Need to re scan to get colour to match the
other charts for accuracy
Caran d’Ache Luminance
A set of charts on one A4 sheet
Charts have not been prepared for the following brands
Daler Rowney Aquarelles,
Derwent Tinted Charcoal
Caran d’Ache Supracolor aquarelles **
** NOTE :
It was intended to include the charts for these two major brands, but to date ( December 2014 ) there has been no request from readers of the site for me to do so. It is over four years since the data was posted, so I assume that the current range of charts meets reader’s needs.
If I do further Aquarelle charts, It is my intention to show any difference between dry colour and wet colour for all aquarelles.
Derwent Studio and Artists pencils share a colour range although the Studio pencils have fewer in the full set.
Brands not included here or not currently planned, have not had full sets of pencils reviewed by the site up to the current date.
MANUFACTURERS PLEASE NOTE
This page has one of the highest readership counts for pages on this site,
with over 5000 readers a month .
If your product is NOT shown here with a comparative chart, and you would like one to be included,
Please get in touch with me.
For your own use
DRY POINT ( Non Soluble ) PENCILS
AQUARELLE ( Watercolour -
Derwent Watercolour ( 2010 )
Cretacolor Aqua Monolith
Staedtler karat Aquarelles
If you have a selection of boxes of pencils to choose from,
how do you know which colour in which box is just a bit lighter
or darker than the one you are using ?
If you are following a tutorial and the tutor is using Prismacolor,
and you have Polychromos or Pablo, how do you know which colour to use ?
We don’t have the perfect answer, but we can give you a clue.
The Charts published below (in 2010) have been prepared from the actual pencils
and worked on a standard chart format on the same paper.
They have then been scanned on the same scanner settings
and colour balanced in an identical way.
They may not print on your printer and paper exactly as they are on the master copies,
but any variation will be similar across all the charts, so picking colours that are either similar, or greener, bluer, redder etc than the one you are working with, will be easier.
If you are planning to buy a new box of pencils, then the colour range may be important.
These charts will show you which brands have the most reds, browns, greens etc.
Watercolour pencils shown ( Aquarelles) also show the dry colour after wetting,
This shows any increase in colour intensity and any change in tint.
Simply print off the PDF file of the chart you are wanting,
cut along the edge of the colour blocks on each side,
and compare the samples.
Two sizes of charts are available, the A4 single sheet chart is the easiest to use as the colour sample is larger. This chart is the same size as the master copy.
The charts described as ‘sets’ are combined so that a set of charts appears on a single sheet.
The colour samples are smaller and these are really more suitable for assessing the colour ranges in the brands than selecting an individual colour
Colour Comparison Charts 2010 versions
Links to PDF Files to download
Some printing tips are shown below to help you get the best match.
when downloading PDF Files
Some are large files and take some time to download,
your screen may appear to freeze
or your Computer may indicate that the download is not responding.
You may need to allow more time than you think.
SOME PRINTING SUGGESTIONS
To help you get the best colour match with the charts
I have the advantage of the original charts
to check the way the copies print on my printer.
( An HP Officejet Pro 8000 machine )
The colour comes off exactly right when printed on to an inexpensive
matt ‘colour inkjet’ paper
From the Aldi Supermarket chain costing less than 2p a sheet.
There can be a difference in the darkness of the colour depending on the paper you choose
and the paper ‘quality and print’ settings when setting the printer going.
In my case I set the paper as ‘Presentation Quality’
If I were to print on ‘normal’ setting, the colour will come out darker.
It also comes out darker using ordinary copy paper and ‘normal’ settings
Gloss Photo paper can produce a colour cast depending on the paper so I tend to avoid glossy paper
It is trial and error, I am afraid.
I suggest you do a sample colour block with a known pencil colour on cartridge paper
and match the colour to the appropriate chart you have printed out.
The best match setting for your sample should be a close match for the others.
Latest revision September 2016
DO YOU HAVE PROBLEMS FINDING THE EXACT COLOUR YOU WANT ?
Different brands have quite different colour ranges
INDIVIDUAL BRANDS & PENCIL INFORMATION
Over the last six years
There have been several books published in the USA that have included
Charts of the different pencil brands
This makes it much easier to compare one colour in one brand with another from a competitor’s range.
I know that readers still refer to these old charts in Pencil Topics
which are featured at the bottom of this page
So this section of the site is retained and the ‘Topics’ charts remain
The old Pencil Topics Charts are NOT perfect
as these charts were prepared several years ago
with the UK manufactured equivalent of Prismacolor -
They also don’t show the effect of the colour on different papers
THERE IS AN UP TO DATE ALTERNATIVE
For an up to date and comprehensive set of charts
Karen Hull has prepared an excellent set which are downloadable
for a modest cost
These are fully up to date as at September 2016
Click HERE for more information
Show the nearest equivalent colour
In a cross section of brands
and also give
the relative lightfastness ratings.
The second set of charts
show the result of working each colour
on different types of paper.
which, as you can see,
can have as much impact on a colour
as using a different brand.
The complete set of 55 pages
Is available as a download in PDF format
Contact Karen Hull Art
If you want to know more about the old Topics charts
|Glossary of CP Terms|
|Introducing step by steps|
|sbs basic shapes|
|sbs fruit bowl|
|sbs polperro B|
|sbs rectory garden|
|The Bowerman Stone|
|sbs to come|
|Price and Content|
|Papers for Wax type pencils|
|Papers for Watercolour pencils|
|Papers for Pastel pencils|
|Papers for mixed media with CP|
|Black Paper Fade|
|Non standard papers for wax pencils|
|Application of colour|
|Density of Colour|
|Results on Different Papers|
|Ways of using Aquarelles|
|Why Underpainting ?|
|Backgrounds with Aquarelles 1|
|Backgrounds with Aquarelles 2|
|A Brush with W/C Pencils|
|Foliage in W/C Pencil|
|Step by Step - Coventry Canal|
|Cottage Garden - Step by Step PDF|
| Italian Street step by step 1|
|Italian Street step by step 2|
|Brokken Bridge Step By Step PDF|
|Coventry Canal 2|
|CP & Pastel|
|CP & W/c Pencils|
|CP & Other media|
|Archway - Mixed Media sbs|
|Cottage Entrance Mixed Media sbs|
|Annecy Reflections 1|
|Annecy Reflections 2|
|working on coloured paper|
|Still Life Points|
|BURNISHING, Blenders and Burnishers|
|Landscape Tutorial- Grand Union|
|clouds & skies|
|Brick, Stone & Tile|
|Brick stone and tile 2|
|Colour and complementaries|
|Boats & Water|
|Form & Space|
|Drawing from Life - introduction|
|using a camera|
|transfering an image|
|keeping a record|
|printing 2 - layout|
|Life Drawing 1 - the basics|
|November 2011 Landscape SBS|
|July 2012 - Kitten Step by Step|
|Old Blog Posts as at Dec 2014|
|Aix En Provence series|
|New input ( from Dec 2014)|