I sat down last night to sharpen my color pencils. They had gotten in such sad shape that I hated fighting with them.. I sharpened everyone with a small hand held sharpener, you know like the grade school kids have. Well, I got a blister on my finger after all that. I had to throw away about 8 pencils that the lead was broken all the way through, more than likely where they had fallen to the floor. I managed to save four of the damaged pencils by sharpening the opposite end.
I have found it difficult to sharpen the color pencils (prismacolor is the only color pencil I like) using an electric pencil sharpener. I have had some success when sharpening in an electric sharpener by sharpening a graphite pencil after every second or third color pencil. In the studio right now are three damaged electric pencil sharpeners, all from color pencils.
I love working with color pencils and I store them in a silverware utensil carrier, like for picnics. One compartment houses warm colors, one for cool colors and one for neutrals. Mine has a forth, so I put a pencil sharpener, extenders, blenders, xacto, etc. I've also keep a sketchbook with high quality paper to draw on.
If anyone has any suggestions for sharpening color pencils, I would love to hear from you. Thanks, jf
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.