Review: Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils
There aren't as many color options with Polychromos as there are with Prismacolor, but the blending more than compensates. Being oil based, the color of previous layers shows through, and I can mix a greater number of colors with fewer pencils. It also seemed that I had greater control over the lines on the paper than I had with the Prismacolors. I suspect this is also due to the oil-base.
That said, my work on this piece was met with frustration not because of the pencils but because of the paper, which leads me to the second part of this review.
Review: Stonehenge Paper
Now, most of the artists who recommend Stonehenge use wax based pencils. I have not tried it with wax based, so I can't say one way or the other if it would be better that way. As I trust the experience of these artists, I'll take their word for it until I can try it myself with Prismacolors.
The first, and biggest, problem I had with Stonehenge was that it just flat was not durable enough for my techniques. I have what many refer to as a "Heavy Hand," meaning that my paper takes a lot of punishment. I found that the Stonehenge didn't take the layers I would have liked to put on it. It became saturated with color far too quickly. There were a couple of places that began to give me trouble as well as the paper became overworked. It just didn't work for my style.
So this is a very long-winded way of saying that I love the Polychromos pencils but not with the Stonehenge paper. I find myself more than willing to shelve my Prismacolors for the rich depth the Polychromos pencils bring to my work.