UPDATED: June 11, 2020
The Prismacolor Premier coloured pencil range has a total of 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils.
After looking closer at the 150 coloured pencils in the Prismacolor Premier range. We found that of that range, 25 have a lightfast rating of III, 14 have a lightfast rating of IV, and 26 have the lowest lightfast rating of V.
We’ve explored the coloured pencil sets from our post comparing oil-based and wax-based coloured pencils. Following our analysis of the lightfast pencils in the Prismacolor Premier range, this post looks at the range’s non-lightfast coloured pencils. Lightfast ratings III, IV and V are considered to be non-lightfast.
A continuation of a question….
This post expands on the original colour pencil comparison post, and closer looks at the Caran d’Ache Luminance, Prismacolor Premier, Caran d’Ache Pablo and Faber Castell Polychromos sets. It will be useful for you to refer to the coloured pencil type and lightfastness comparison chart developed for the colour pencil comparison while you read this post. You can access the charts from the button below.
Also, further to this analysis, we had closer looks at the wax-based Derwent Drawing pencils and Prismacolor Art Stix woodless coloured pencils; water-based coloured pencils – these being Caran d’Ache Museum and Caran d’Ache Supracolor, as well as other mixed media – the Derwent Inktense water-soluble ink blocks; and the Caran d’Ache Neopastel oil pastels.
Read this disclaimer on the analysis.
The pencil names and numbers are highlighted on the pencil. However, the lightfast rating is not. This rating was listed separately on the Prismacolor Premier color chart, and were transferred to match each pencil. The manufacturer’s colour chart is also available here.
Let’s have a look at which pencils they are.
The non-lightfast Prismacolor Premier Coloured Pencils (III, IV and V)
This post has images that includes the colour name, lightfast rating together with a colour swatch for each pencil in the range.
When looking at the set as a whole, all colours (including in the colour wheel family colours and neutrals) are shown clockwise in the chart below.
The charts represent a total of 65 pencils, of which 3 are neutral and 62 are colours that belong to colour wheel families.
Now to get a closer look, let’s separate these colours into two groups – the colour wheel colours, and the neutral colours.
The colour wheel colours
The 12 colour wheel family colours available in the 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils are shown clockwise below:
The Colour Wheel Clock
The colour wheel moves clock-wise around the wheel. The image below shows the colour family positions on the clock.
Of the colour wheel colours, the make up of each colour family is outlined below. While the colours are of varying shades and tones, the predominant base colour belongs to the colour wheel family in which it has been placed.
Red – 12 o’clock
Starting with red at the 12.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the 65 non-lightfast pencils include 4 red colour family pencils.
Red-Orange – 1.00 o’clock
The next colour family group is red-orange at 1.00 o’clock. This shows that the 65 non-lightfast pencils include 2 red-orange colour family pencils.
Orange – 2.00 o’clock
Next colour is orange at 2.00 o’clock. The 65 non-lightfast pencils include 3 orange colour family pencils.
Orange-Yellow – 3.00 o’clock
Orange-Yellow sits at the 3.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the 65 non-lightfast pencils includes 1 orange-yellow colour family pencil.
Yellow – 4.00 o’clock
At 4.00 o’clock sits Yellow. The 65 non-lightfast pencils include 2 yellow colour family pencils.
Yellow-Green – 5.00 o’clock
Yellow-Green sits at 5.00 o’clock. The image below shows that the 65 lightfast pencils include 8 yellow-green colour family pencils.
Green – 6.00 o’clock
The colour family of green sits at 6.00 o’clock. The 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils includes 1 green colour family pencil.
Green-blue – 7.00 o’clock
Green-blue is at 7.00 o’clock. The image below shows that the 65 non-lightfast pencils include 4 green-blue colour family pencils.
Blue – 8.00 o’clock
Blue is at the 8.00 o’clock position. The 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils include 12 blue colour family pencils.
Blue-Violet – 9.00 o’clock
Blue-violet sits at the 9.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the 65 non-lightfast pencils include 6 blue-violet colour family pencils.
Violet – 10.00 o’clock
Violet sits at the 10.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the 65 non-lightfast pencils include 11 violet colour family pencils.
Violet-Red – 11.00 o’clock
Violet-Red sits at the 11.00 o’clock position. The 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils include 8 violet-red colour family pencils.
Colour wheel colour family – Summary
As you can see from the above images, the 65 non-lightfast pencils in Prismacolor Premier coloured pencil range include pencils in all the colour family colours. However, most pencils are from colours that belong to the colour wheel family. Additionally, violet and blue both have 10 or more pencils in its colour family. (see bar chart below).
Let’s now look at the neutral colours included in the Prismacolor Premier non-lightfast coloured pencils.
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Of the set of 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils – 3 are neutral. These are shown clockwise in the pie chart below.
The breakdown of these pencils are as follows. First there is 1 neutral-cool beige pencil.
Finally, the other neutral colour is neutral-warm beige with 2 pencils.
As you can see, the 65 non-lightfast coloured pencils are made up of a variety of colours and neutrals.
As noted above, the selection of colour is subjective and the reviewer has chosen colour by looking at the actual coloured pencil swatches. Nevertheless, you may find that particular colours belong in different groups or families.
Make your own colour chart
For your knowledge, it’s advisable to draw up your own colour chart so you can get to know the actual colours of your coloured pencils. You will then be able to see how your pencil performs on the papers that you use for your drawings.
However, it takes a long time to make your own chart, and it usually is something that we don’t get around to doing.
Interactive non-lightfast Prismacolor Premier colour chart
To help you with this, the colour charts used in this post were rearranged into a sortable and searchable format. The 65 non-lightfast pencils in the Prismacolor Premier range is outlined in an interactive colour chart you can access by clicking the button below. This should help you choose your coloured pencil colours. It will also help you get a better understanding of what non-lightfast pencils are available in the Prismacolor Premier coloured pencil range.
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