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Richeson’s professional, semi-hard pastel sticks are perfect for underpainting. Their square shape is ideal for shading, and they can also be sharpened to a point if desired.
Choose from a wide range of 120 colors or hand-selected sets. Each stick measures 3-5/8" long × 1/4" square.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Semi hard pastels
from Long Island, NY
Comments about Richeson Semi-Hard Square Pastels:
I wanted these pastels to use with my soft pastels from Blick as well. They added clarity and fine-tuned my work. In addition, they arrived in a beautiful wooden case.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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wonderful range of colors, exactly as description states.
from Sibley MO
I bought the Richeson Semi-hard Square Pastels to add to my collection of Primacolor Nupastels hoping that it would extend my range of color and workability. They are softer than Nupastels,and the range of colors is also different so I was delighted to expand my ability in working with square pastels.
Good for the money
These are harder than Prismacolor NuPastel. I'm using them on Uart sanded paper, and for it they are perfect. Color selection is good but there are not enough dark colors and the ones that are included are not dark enough. I'm using odorless turpentine instead of water to blend them since water does not seem to dissolve them enough. Turpentine works great with these.
Alternative to NuPastel
By Pastel Catherine
from Vancouver, WA
I use hard pastels to block in dark, med, light areas and find these are OK. Some of the stick color varies from what the applied color looks like, for example a medium dark fushia applies much lighter, a dark, dark green applies like a medium. I haven't tried a wet application yet as an underpainting with these. The softness also seems to vary across the colors. Overall, the vibrancy of the color selection is good. I will continue to use along with my Nupastels.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A great deal for the price
By The Art Supply Reviewer
from Twin Falls, Id
I bought these pastels to replace and fillup some of the colors from my nupastel colection. So when they arrived I compared them together. The richeson semi-hard pastel is much harder than the nupastel. The nupastel is creamy, but, does not hold a point. Theses pastels on the otherhand, hold a very good point. For the price: Nupastels are about 1.23 here, but no coupon can be added. Saying that they also work as waterrcolors, is great deal.But richeson pastels, a coupon can be added. So using a coupon, they are cheaper. So if you need a sharp point, this is the way to go.But they do NOT work as watercolors. Layering: these work pretty much the same, except you have to press more on the richeson, but that also does not produce as much as dust as the nupastles. Actually, they pretty much produce no dust, just a very small amount. So, overall, these are great pastels. Just a work of warning, the color swatches on the website are not very acurate.
OK but don't use for an underpainting
from Erie, PA
I often use hard pastels [Nu-pastels] in conjunction with watercolor as an under painting. This brand appears to have wax added to the binder and beads up with water. When used without water, they are fine. The colors are nice, blend well if used dry.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Bothell, WA
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
far better than other brands!
from Covington, GA
Every pastel artist should have these in your set! VERY creamy, doesn't break or scratch as others do-I can do whole painting using these and have very "painterly" effect.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Better than NuPastel!
These Richeson hard pastels are terrific! The "feel" of the pastels is wonderful! Not scratchy. The colors are nice and vibrant. EXCELLENT variety. I like them more than NuPastel and chances are they are much more lightfast too. I HIGHLY recommend them!
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from San Marcos, CA
I debated about buying these as I had not tried them and only read one review. However this was a great purchase. I have always found the other brand hard pastels a little too hard. These are the perfect texture and hardness. The quality can't be beat. They are hard enough for underpainting on a soft pastel painting. They are creamy enough to paint an entire painting with. The colors are beautiful with plenty of greens for landscape and a great selection of colors for portraits.
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