Colored Pencil Info
 
 
 
Soho Urban Artist
 
About the company
 
Soho Urban Artist is a brand of Jerry's Artarama. Soho Urban Artist Colored Pencils are made by Cretacolor of Austria. They come in 72 colors, in a dry pencil form. In close comparison with Cretacolor's regular colored pencils, the Karmina, the Soho Urban Artist appears to be basically the same pencil. The color names have changed slightly between brands for some pencils, but the colors look the same with the exception of violet. The cores appear to be the same thickness, and the same degree of softness. The pencil numbers are essentially the same if you drop the first 2 digits of the Cretacolor Karmine number.
 
While the Soho Urban artist pencils appear to be just a redesign and rebranding of the exterior of the Cretacolor line, they have twice the number of colors in the new Soho line. Cretacolor Karmines only had 36 total colors, and Soho Urban artist has 72. These are a very good pencil for the money, and have a nice design. The cores are coated so that they do not slip out or break easily, something found in much more expensive brands like Faber-Castell.
 
 
 
 
 
Soho Urban Artist
Professional Colored Pencils
 
  • Artist quality traditional colored pencils
  • 72 colors
  • Sets and open stock
  • Pencils are pre-sharpened
  • Sets come arranged in color order
  • Lightfast
  • Made in Austria
  • 3.8 mm cores
  • cores securely glued
  • Hexagonal shaped exteriors
  • Black with endcaps matching the color
  • Sold by Jerry's Artarama
 
 
The Soho Urban Artist pencil comes in the standard tin that Cretacolor uses for virtually everything. That 'generic' tin is wrapped in a cardboard wrapper, which was impossible to slide off without tearing it up in the case of one of our sets. The removable tray in the 72 set is made of the most flimsy, thin plastic to be found. It makes it very easy to spill the entire top tray of pencils with the large amount of buckle. They use a thin paper 'lifter' to help, and this thin paper can slide away from the tray very easily.
 
The pencils are hexagonal in shape, and the flat black exterior is very elegant looking. Endcaps match the color of the core. The color names are printed on the pencils in an easy to read white font, instead of the usual difficult to read metallic font.
 
The Soho's go down on paper well, and blend very well. They do not seem to have a problem with hard streaks, and they do not crumble on the page.
 
These would make very good 'workhorse' pencils for the first few layers in particular, while you save your better pencils for the upper layers.
 
For smaller sets, you can match the colors with the Cretacolor water-soluble pencils.
 

Pencils
 
The outer cardboard wrapper
 
The tin containing the pencils
 
Soho Urban Artist- 36 color set
 
 
Soho Urban Artist- 72 color set
 
 
 
Soho Urban Artist (top) and Cretacolor (bottom)
 
 
 
Color Charts
 
We did a quick comparison chart for the set of 12 Cretacolor Karmines vs. the Cretacolor SoHo to see if this was indeed a totally new product. Other than the Violet, they colors looked and behaved essentially the same. The left contains the Cretacolor Karmina color (they all start with a 27) and to the right of that is the Soho color.
 
 
Soho Urban Artist 36 Color Set
 
 
101
Permanent White
153
Cerulean Blue
105
Lemon Yellow
158
Light Cerulean Blue
107
Cadmium Yellow Medium
181
Permanent Green Light
108
Cadmium Yellow Deep
182
Moss Green
111
Cadmium Orange
184
Permanent Green Deep
113
Cadmium Red Light
191
Olive Green
115
Cadmium Red Medium
178
Permanent Green Medium
116
Carmine
177
Emerald Green
117
Crimson
176
Turquoise
131
Coral
201
Naples Yellow Light
134
Magenta
202
Naples Yellow 
135
Cobalt Violet Light
203
Indian Yellow
128
Rose
209
English Red
138
Cobalt Violet
215
Sanguine
156
Periwinkle
221
Burnt Umber
162
Indigo
250
Ivory Black
155
Ultramarine Violet
235
Medium Gray
161
Prussian Blue
232
Light Gray
 
Soho Urban Artist 72 Color Set
 
 
101
Permanent White
183
Cadmium Green Light
105
Lemon Yellow
187
Light Olive Green
107
Cadmium Yellow Medium
180
Cobalt Green
108
Cadmium Yellow Deep
188
Sap Green
109
Indian Yellow Light
182
Moss Green
112
Permanent Orange
184
Permanent Green Deep
111
Cadmium Orange
178
Permanent Green Medium
113
Cadmium Red Light
176
Turquoise
114
Vermillion
177
Emerald Green
115
Cadmium Red Medium
179
Viridian
117
Crimson
190
Hookers Green
131
Coral
191
Olive Green
128
Rose
189
Oxide of Chromium
125
French Violet
192
Green Earth
135
Cobalt Violet Light
201
Naples Yellow Light
134
Magenta
130
Yellow Ochre Light
132
Pink Coral
116
Carmine
136
Mauve
202
Naples Yellow Light
126
Rose Dore
204
Mars Yellow
140
Dioxazine Violet
203
Indian Yellow
138
Cobalt Violet
209
English Red
156
Periwinkle
212
Venetian Red
155
Ultramarine Violet
145
Burnt Sienna
162
Indigo
213
Alizarin Crimson
161
Prussian Blue
215
Sanguine
163
Blue Lagoon
228
Warm Gray
159
Manganese Blue
216
Raw Sienna
154
Cobalt Blue
218
Sepia
153
Cerulean Blue
220
Raw Umber
157
Phthalo Blue
221
Burnt Umber
151
Urban Blue
231
Urban Gray
150
Light Turquoise Blue
232
Light Gray
158
Light Cerulean Blue
237
Cool Gray
164
Phthalo Turquoise
235
Medium Gray
185
Yellowish Green
236
Lamp Black
181
Permanent Green Light
250
Ivory Black