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Specifically developed and formulated to meet the demanding standards of professional artists, these pastels have exceptional color intensity and luminosity.
Using high concentrations of extra fine pigments, Sakura created extremely smooth and soft textured pastels that are highly lightfast and suitable for any technique — from fine detail using their square corners, to glazing and wash techniques with a variety of oil painting mediums. 2-1/2" × 3/8" square pastels, unwrapped.
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Wonderful Set of Pil Pastels
from Bronx, NY
Comments about Sakura Cray-Pas Specialist Oil Pastel Sets:
These oil pastels were the best purchse for me for their price. While the array of colors is not as wide as some of the other sets, the price is a fantastic deal and you can blend them to create new colors. They are easy to work with and add an excellent texture to drawings!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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It only gets better
from dickinson, tx
I just received my new set of 50 pastels. First, I found that of the 50, 4 of the colors (not typically important colors though pretty ones) are rated at ++ light fastness which is good but not great. All others are rated at +++ which is excellent and that is great.I was not as thrilled with this product when I initially began using them over a year ago, but they grew on me. My other favorite brand is Korean and it is not sold by Dick Blick and I with that it would be. I got hooked on the Korean brand 13 years ago when I first went to Korea and was just looking for something cheap to play with. I was hooked for life.I give this product a 5 star rating for the overall picture of the product and not just one aspect. I prefer the four-sided form of the stick for my purposes, and I like the feel of the material as I use it, though each color has a slightly different feel. I would like for the price to be a little less, but when bargain days come around, the price can be about right. Price, in my thinking is very important for an artist and a professional. Every think in life must fit within the economy and wasteful spending and purchase of materials at extreme costs I think is foolish and contradictory to the concept of value. I also like the color choices and feel the raw materials are quality and good value. Most of the sticks last a pretty long time and I use lots and lots of oil pastel. I like to lay it on thick, and in some cases, I do a add-on/removal/add-on like application so there is much usage of this stuff. I mix brands as well as other materials as I am all around very experimental and exploratory with my work.Of course nothing in this world is perfect, but I do think this is overall a great product and other brands that sell for much more are not especially any/much better, but just different, if for nothing more than style and price.
(9 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
let's be frank about art media
Let's be frank about art media: I gave this product a 5 star not because it does everything I desire for every occasion, as my work varies dependent on many factors, but this product is consistant and well made and lives up to its intended purpose (which is true for most of the products offered). Under the right conditions, all pastels break and do other things some claim otherwise and within one product line, no two colors have the same qualities - some are dryer, some are softer, some are brittle, etc. etc. and this is due to the chemical physical properties of various pigments. I even like and use almost every oil pastel available here and elsewhere, and each has its own qualities which I enjoy. I typically use them all in a single work. No two sources are exactly alike, and seldom does a practicing artist do everything exactly alike everytime, hense the human quality of handmade and the media is as good as is the artist who skillfully controls the media to perform as intended. I often like to use the ones (such as Specialist) with more wax and I do a lot of build up with heavy force applied, and sometimes the wax pigment media peels revealing the ground. This is a reason I like to prime the paper lightly with a lite gesso (sometimes I add calcium carbonate - ground marble powder for tooth) and then paint a concentrated later of watercolor/gouache - usually a dark color, and then begin building up the oil pastel. I begin with light pressure scumbling about the surface and then with heavier force getting oil paint impasto and encaustic like effect. I offen finish up with another light scumbling of finishing touches, burnishing in the media in getting smear like marks and texture and blending of color. I play with it, but with control. I do not concern myself so much with lightfastness as most colors in any reputable source is good, and basically all earth-like colors are good; it just is not too feasible to offer inferior colors in todays market with an aware public; an artist knowledgeable of pigments/chemicals and media making pretty much knows what is useable or not, and for those not in the know, a little study would be adviseable. Regarding softer pastels, it is a nice feel, but as the more oily ones never dry according to their makers and so I worry about their permanence - again I use them all in combination for different effect and purpose. Price/value is another issue, and I avoid higher costs of all art materials when possible.
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