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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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Blending can be hard
Comments about Sakura Cray-Pas Specialist Oil Pastels:
I do not like these oil pastels nearly as well as my Van Gogh's, my Neopastel's, or my Senneliers'. On some surfaces they are very hard to blend and the results are not as good as I like. I do like the square shape, especially for massing in plein air, though.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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By Cathy art teacher
from south Jersey
Ive use the student brand-Expressionist for years. Tried a few of the colors from the Specialist brand. there was more colors available, but they did not cover very well. They were more transparent. For the extra money I expected better quality.
variable quality from one color to another
from Land of Enchantment
I ordered a few colors from open stock to try this brand. I love the Mars Violet and lavender, and the white is decent, but the blue violet pale and the lilac are hard and their pigments clump rather than blending well. The two earth colors I got are the ugliest colors imaginable and can't be used with anything! Looking at the pigment codes explains why: their sepia has 7 pigments and the raw umber has 5, which result in bilious colors that look even worse next to anything else! I would have given these 2 stars, but gave an extra star for the square shape, which I wish all oil pastels come in. How we use media determines our opinions, which makes a review useless without some info on technique: I use oil pastels on gessoed surfaces by themselves or over acrylics, and love the look of skimmed layers of broken color (which is as close as I can get to a soft pastel look, since my asthma will not let me use soft pastels). For my needs, the best student brand is Van Gogh, and I do splurge on some Senneliers for colors I want to blend and scrub into the surface with perfect smoothness.
from San Antonio, TX
Good quality for the money. These oil pastels produce a great finished product, layer and blend well.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
not good at all
These are way too hard. They don't feel nice going on and they don't blend. Plus the colors I tried are dull. Pentel oil pastels (Dick Blick carries them for a great price) are much, much better quality and less expensive, overall. I use oil pastels primarily for sketching and working out compositions and color, so am interested in student grades for that reason, but have inadvertently made a few nice pieces with the Pentels.
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I use oil pastels when I take a break from acrylics. I love them because of the rainbow of colors that comes in such compact,easy to use sizes. These are smooth and creamy and easy to use and produce brilliant results.
My Granddaughter Loves Them!
They were a Christmas gift to my Granddaughter. She loves them and has created several beautiful pictures with them. She's thrilled.
Good product but not mine
Not so nice as Sennelier oil pastels, but recommendable, it depends on what you are looking for.
Love the medium
By Mr Bees
from The Villages Fl
I really love this medium and Blick really makes it easy to buy in open stock. I will be buying much more.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
nice strong color
from louisville ky
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.
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