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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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nice strong color
from louisville ky
Comments about Sakura Cray-Pas Specialist Oil Pastels:
I got 2 of these open stock to compare to the expressionist, I felt. I could not tell that much difference in the firmness, felt similar. the color may be a little stronger in the specialist. They both blended very smooth and nice. Dont think I will buy a set of these feel the expressionist for less money are just as good for my needs.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Nice Smooth Texture.
These oil pastels are not seen much but they are much smoother than student grade oil pastels.You can get more colors in open stock.I love the feel of them as I work. And remember they can be used on canvas and stay fixed.
Just the right product for just the right price
By Copper Hare
from San Jose CA
consistency with opacity, depth of color, is good. Using both expressionist and specialist 50 count gives a nice variety of colors. Stay usable even after years--at least 15 for exp set. Having expressionist set and being able to buy specialist rich individual colors made me want to invest in more. High end brand waxed up in box. Cray pas doesn't wax up. Good smooth blending capability. Looking forward to attempting new ways to utilize these products
from Canton, OH
Love the creamy texture and blendibility of these pastels.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Professional Quality Oil Pastel
By Via Von
from Chicago, IL
The Sakura Cray-Pas Specialists oil pastels are a quality professional pastel that is firmer than the better known pastels. This firmness offers a great deal of layering yet still blends beautifully! I did a lot research before choosing this brand as my first time adventure into oil pastels. I am thoroughly delighted with my results!
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Surpassed my expectations!
Because of health issues, I'm no longer able to work at my easel in oils and decided to give oil pastels a try. After much research, I chose the Cray Pas Specialists brand because of its positive commentaries by professionals and students alike. I am not disappointed in the least and got excited immediately with the first blendings! Their extended blender stick is a powerful tool at ones disposal to create beautiful movement of the colors on your surface. I'm thrilled these are not toxic either and have given me the medium I desired to continue creating my art.
(3 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
great drawing and painting medium
from Dickinson, TX
Drawing and painting, what is the difference. Abstract or otherwise, what is the difference. When and where do they merge. No matter. This product is quite nice (though I thought not so at first use) and useful for most any visual art approach, if the artist is open to such and willing to work out of their mental box. There are qualities of crayon, chalk, oil paint, encaustic, and all those traditional drawing media used in art school. Nice abstract or traditional drawings as well as paintings are possible. I use all oil pastel products among these and each other for different reasons. I also incorporat paints and other such media in my works. The final result is my own painting and drawing style. Four starts for fantastic stuff. Five stars reserved for myself!
(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
By Crystal LJ
My orders of the Cray-Pas Specialists arrived today and I played with them as soon as they arrived. These are NOT student grade oil pastels. They are one of the waxiest artist grade oil pastels and are not soft like Sennelier and Holbein, but I still can control them pretty well, especially compared to the very cheap oil pastels I've used in the past. I do prefer the softness of the Sennelier and Holbein, but that's just my preference. For those who like it hard, go with these oil pastels. Also, the wrappers around them have the lightfast ratings (+, ++, and +++).
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Specialists are artist quality!
I don't understand why Blick classifies Specialist oil pastels as student quality. They are far above other so-called student quality brands. The colors are wonderful and lightfast. Their square shape helps you create details better than a round shape. Plus, I find them to blend wonderfully with the extender for very professional results. I recommend Specialist very highly. They are nicer than Cray-Pas Expressionists and on par with Nupastels and Holbein in my opinion.
(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)
A square deal
from Madison, WI
One of the many reasons to love oil pastels is that you can get good quality pastels without spending a fortune. If you are a retired person on a fixed income, a kid on an allowance, or a starving art student, you can still afford a nice set of oil pastels without skimping on quality. I recently tried a set of Sakura's very inexpensive Expressionist student grade oil pastels, and wanted to compare these. The Specialist is also listed by Blick as student quality, but really they seem fine for any level. I bought a group of my favorite colors from open stock and did some test thumbnails to compare the two kinds of Sakuras. (These cost about twice as much as the Expresionists, but are still very inexpensive).I looked at the color intensity, ease of blending, and ability to layer light over dark. The Specialists are better at building layer of light over dark or dark over light. Using the colorless blender stick, the Specialists seemd a little harder to blend than the Ex's. Both had good color intensity, and blend well to create color mixes using just a few basic colors. I like to draw in a sgraffito style, using a sharp tool to carve through the top layers of pastel to expose the base layer. With Specialists, I could do both a base layer and the top layers. With the Expressionists, I had to use a softer brand like Neopastel to get good coverage in the top layers. The square edges of the Specialists can be used for finer lines than I get with the Ex's, or most other brands.Bottom line: Like the Sakura Expressionists, this is a really good basic oil pastel. It's non-toxic, with all the colors you would really need. Not the most soft and spreadable, but you can work around this with a bit of practice. This is a big hefty pastel that will give you a lot of color for the price. A good value pastel that can meet your artistic needs at a low price.
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