If you're serious about getting started with drawing, and you want to use color pencils, then the important thing is to have the right materials. Because of course you want to achieve the best possible result. I myself like working with Prismacolor pencils. Read more about my experiences with this brand of pencils.
Buy color pencils
At the end of 2016 I got back to drawing a lot with color pencils. Of course I had the usual Bruynzeel pencils lying around, but actually I find these too hard for the illustrations I create. On Instagram I saw these beautiful sketches coming by with much nicer gradients, and much less scratches. I wanted this for my artwork as well, so I started researching what would be the best color pencils to work with. Eventually, two brands remained: Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils. These are not your average pencil sets, so I would not let your creative toddler play with them... Because next to the fact they're not average, they're not exactly cheap either.
Color pencils for adults
Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils are actually meant for adults. I bought my first set of professional color pencils during a holiday in Florida. At the local Blick Art store I bought my first set of Prismacolor pencils.
I don't have any experience with Faber Castell color pencils, although I'm not ruling out trying them out in the future. I'm also quite curious after the Holbein color pencils.
Professional color pencils
I bought a set of 48 pencils. The first thing I noticed when I started drawing with them was how easy the coloring is. You don't have to use extreme pressure to achieve a nice result. This is because the lead of the pencil is much softer, and it contains more pigment than your average color pencil. They also promise to be lightfast and water resistant. I haven't checked their resistence to water yet, and regarding the lightfastness, only time will tell.
But every time it's an absolute joy to pick up my Prismacolor pencils again. The colors are bright and they blend easily, especially when they're in the same color range. And of course, my hand won't hurt because they're so soft and easy to handle.
Recently I expanded my collection of Prismacolor pencils with neon tones. Momentarily I only use these as accent colors, to give my illustrations just that little extra it needs. An example is my drawing 'Falling Apart', which you can find in my series of Contemplations.
And soon I will even be adding more tones to my pencil collection. I ordered again with Blick Art. I couldn't help myself... I ordered a blender as well, so hopefully my colors will blend even better on the paper.
Unfortunately Blick Art does not ship to the Netherlands, but I'm lucky to have an American address. Now the only thing I have to do is wait... Although my white color pencil is now really running out...
As you have read, I'm very happy about the Prismacolor pencils. I highly recommend them. Here on my site you'll find plenty of examples of drawing and coloring with Prismacolor pencils.