I'm not a colored pencil whiz but Caran d'Ache makes the best watercolor pencils I've ever used. They're a bit more expensive than Cretacolor's (which I also love) but their colors mix incredibly well, even when dry, so you can get a smaller kit with the same results. THeir colors are vivid, they fix well, and they're so soft it almost feels like you're working with pastels.
Yeah my old one where in storage before I moved and then they got jacked up a lot of the lead is broken and something spilled on them or they melted who knows. I'm cleaning them up now so my son can use them. My hubby bought new crayola's for me for now, I'm wanting to get some soft core leads thought too since cray is hard lead. I like having a blend. Walmart was selling 100 pack for 14 bucks! That was a good deal. Got lucky on some cash for them.
I have 4 colored pencils under that brand, was organizing my pencils yesterday and testing them out to see what I wanted. I want both hard and soft leads I think. I assumed prang was a cheap pencil since crayola was more spendy at walmart. I love crayola myself I think if you can learn to use a cheap pencil effectively you can do anything. I just would go too cheap, I had roseart one time and that' all walmart carried out here for a while during inventory and wow. WOW! Crap! Won't even lay color down it soo hard, and its just awful. It was like scratching paper.
I have Crayola, Staedtler Noris Club, and some no-names that were on sale in Staples - Studio Series, which turned out to be quite good, soft, blended well. Prang is made by Dixon Ticonderoga, a venerable old firm. I used them in the past, have a few stubs left, they were very good. Blick carries them at a reasonable price. Why not just stick with Crayola?
I like having a mix of hard and soft leads and all my soft lead pencils got broken in the move. :/ My crayola's apparently something spilt on them in the move as well and compromised the leads and outers, very sticky no matter how much I soaked or washed them. So I need to replace them in general. Doesn't help that before I moved I had no place to go and I stuffed everything in a storage unit. I slept in my car a while... I don't like admitting that. My parents lost there house and did the your on your own thing. No job out here paid enough to put me in an apartment even working 3 at one time wasn't good enough. Housing is expensive out here and the there are hardly any jobs and mostly nowadays only part time. At least back then full-time was an option or things could've been worse.
Things are better now obviously, but not ideal still. I gotta get out of this dumb town. Working on it...
Anyway yeah it would be nice to have fresh reliable supplies.
There's a youtuber by the name of "superraedizzle" who does a bunch of colored pencil related videos. I think overall she favors prisma colors and crayola. She has a lot of videos comparing different brands with realistic drawings.