Monday, January 2, 2017

Prismacolor Pencils 132 Set Color Wheel Arrangement


When I get a new set of colored pencils, pastels, etc. it drives me bonkers that the colors are usually all jumbled up with no way to know exactly what colors I have, much less how to find the particular color I am looking for. To alleviate this problem, the first thing I do with a new set is to arrange them according to the color wheel. Knowing exactly how many colors I have of blue-green, for instance, saves me a great deal of time when planning a drawing , painting, or a color scheme for an adult coloring book page.

Many years ago, I purchased The Liquitex Acrylic Color Map & Mixing Guide. Recently, I looked high and low to try to find one for sale but apparently the company stopped making it. If you happen to find one, grab it with both hands. It has proven to be an invaluable resource over the past 30 plus years of my career as an illustrator. With the map, I can hold each pencil up to the color chips and match it to determine its hue according to the color wheel. I can then arrange all of the pencils, from left to right, in the following sequence: Red-Violet (RV), Red (R), Red-Orange (RO), Orange (O), Yellow-Orange (YO), Yellow (Y), Yellow-Green (YG), Green (G), Blue-Green (BG), Blue (B), Blue-Violet (BV), and Violet (V). Within each of those twelve sections, I arrange the pencils from light to dark.


It does take some time to do this but it is time well spent.  This arrangement makes choosing color schemes and planning layering of colors a breeze. Lucky for you, I am sharing this arrangement for the 132 color set of Prismacolor Pencils with you, free of charge. I hope it will prove as useful to you as it is to me. The downloadable and printable pdf has a close up picture of each of the six trays and includes a list of each pencil's name, number, and color group to assist you in arranging all of the pencils, from left to right, in the following sequence: Red-Violet (RV), Red (R), Red-Orange (RO), Orange (O), Yellow-Orange (YO), Yellow (Y), Yellow-Green (YG), Green (G), Blue-Green (BG), Blue (B), Blue-Violet (BV), Violet (V), and Greys.




You will be taken to my Dropbox for a safe and secure download of the free PDF.