|9/2/21 Gas Works Park (Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils)|
|9/2/21 Derwent Inktense pencils|
Technical note: In the mood to try a primary triad with a different colored pencil line, I brought along three Derwent Inktense water-soluble pencils. Although I know it is popular with many sketchers, the Inktense collection has never gotten love from me. The unpredictable hue shift when activated plus the unnatural palette itself are two factors that keep me from using these much (I haven’t written a full review, but this post has more comments on Inktense behavior). Now I can add a third unpleasant factor:
In the vertical sketch of the gas works (at right), I used my usual Caran d’Ache Middle Cobalt Blue (660) for the sky, but for the rest of the sketch, I used Inktense. The CMYK-based triad I chose worked out OK in terms of hues. Despite the garishness I’ve sometimes encountered with Inktense, these three pencils – Iris Blue (900), Sun Yellow (200) and Fuchsia (700) – made a vibrant green, and I also like the violet of the darkest shadows. But what a struggle to layer those pigments! Instead of blending, successive layers seemed to skid and slide on the previous layers. These pencils might be OK for coloring-book-style spot colors that don’t require blending, but I sure had to work hard to get the darkest value as dark as I wanted when the layers wouldn’t apply evenly. I admit I’m spoiled by the soft, creamy application of Museum Aquarelles, but even so, Inktense pencils feel downright scratchy and dry by comparison.
That’s it. I’ve given Inktense as many chances as I’m going to. It was such a relief to go back to my beloved Museum Aquarelles for the second color sketch.
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