Colored Pencils vs Oil Pastels: All You need to know
Oil Pastels vs Colored Pencils: What is the difference between the two?
Oil pastels and woodless colored pencils are two of my favorite creative media, and I wanted to share what distinguishes them from each other, and what similarities they have.
What are oil pastels?
Oil pastels are made from a pigment that is bound together using wax and a type of drying oil such as linseed oil. Because of this heavy oil consistency, oil pastels create a more painterly look than that of a “soft” pastel.
What are woodless colored pencils?
Woodless colored pencils are solid color lead sticks with a lacquer coating. They have five times the amount of color lead as a regular colored pencil.
What are the differences between Oil Pastels and Colored Pencils:
- Colored Pencils allow you to have more control and you can create more precise details as they have a sharper point.
- Colored pencils typically have a wider color range as compared to oil pastels.
- Colored Pencils offer you more variety in terms of mark-making - you can create delicate, fine lines and loose, broad strokes, and blend colors together.
- Oil pastels are blendable as well, just in a different way. You can create different textures with mark making, but some oil pastels don’t blend as well as others.
- Oil pastels can be messy, and can leave your fingers with a waxy film.
Here is a quick video of a few examples of mark making and blending using oil pastels and woodless colored pencils.