View Full Version : Colored lead brands?

01-20-2015, 01:09 PM
Hey I'm looking for some recommendations on colored pencil lead? I've been coasting off a Uni assorted pack for quite a while, but it's very quickly running out.
I've really only used Uni before since I love it to bits, but it's becoming way too difficult to find refills for a reasonable price (over $20 for a red or orange 10 pack??? You gotta be kidding me.)

So I'm wondering if anyone has any good alternatives to Uni?? The main thing I like and need is for it to be erasable. I know for a fact Pentel isn't, which is unfortunate seeing as it's the easiest to get. );
Also 0.5mm would be ideal but if I have to settle and adjust to 07.mm then I will. Preferences, preferences.

01-21-2015, 06:34 PM
I've been working with colored pencil leads recently. Getting a 0.5 mm is a problem. :[ But from what I've tried I can recommend Pentel Color Eno. They look like this (http://i.ebayimg.com/10/!BuFC4+g!2k~$(KGrHqQH-CwEvqtH0GN+BL-yWyKCFQ~~_35.JPG) or like this (http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDgwWDY0MA==/$(KGrHqNHJBUE8e7z,CI+BPN+O,kRF!~~60_59.JPG?set_id= 880000500F), they're 0.7 mm and you can erase them to some point. They come also in red and orange if you're specifically looking for these colors.
The only and major issue is that these colored leads are usually not lightfast and will fade quickly, my first sketches lost about 50 % of the saturation in 2-3 days. Good for sketchbooks, bad for serious work.

01-22-2015, 01:55 AM
Ohh that's actually quite helpful, thank you! I'll keep those in mind. Sucks that they're 0.7mm but what can ya do.
Luckily I only really use this stuff for sketching just cause something about the color makes drawing feel better to me. I'll try these out and hopefully they'll solve my problem for a while.