I’ve been meaning to get some aquarelle pencils or crayons, and I even tried out a couple of different types recently. But when I was trying to decide which ones to buy at Blick the other day, I got completely distracted by these, Irojiten Color Pencils:
I didn’t realize that Tombow, my favorite drawing pencil brand, makes colored pencils. I had no plans to buy regular colored pencils, as I never had much luck with them as a kid, preferring the forgiving nature of water-soluble media. But as usual, the Japanese have a delicacy in product design that is irresistable.
And oh, the colors! I love delicate colors like these, and the Woodlands set especially would be an excellent palette for the kinds of subjects I like to draw. If you’re interested, the Seascape set above includes fluorescent colors that I’ve heard actually fluoresce under black light.
The only problem with the Woodlands set is that there are no intense cherry reds, which I love to use. This would have been a problem before, but Tombow has recently made them open-stock (which means you can buy the pencils individually) so I can add any colors I choose.
(By the way, just because every video on YouTube had it wrong, the proper pronunciation of the product name is ee-ROH-jee-ten. The expression means “color dictionary.”)
I don’t know if Tombow could completely woo me away from aquarelles (Tombow, how about making a line of those?) but I think I have room for at least one set of these charming pencils in my collection.