Like or dislike? Like them, definitely. Compared to the Polychromos? Hmmm... Yes, I think I like them better than the Polychromos, but I am not tossing the Polychromos. I am getting accustomed to the creamy feeling of the Prismas. They feel a lot like an oil pastel, I would go on to say they are almost an oil pastel in a wooden case LOL.
I love the diversity of tones of the full Prismacolor catalogue. I can't wait to explore more tonal ranges. Just like last year, you'll be seeing a lot of colours from me. As usual, I will do black and white occasionally, but most of you know I am a colourful artist. The "Bath of Light" drawing was meant as a way to acquire experience with the medium. That objective is being achieved well. I just wish I could advance faster with the pencils. Too bad I have experiments to finish, a poster to make and papers to read. That leaves me about an hour to draw daily. I am still a newcomer to the colour pencil world, so I am trying things and learning. Hopefully I will start advancing faster in the next few days.
What, you haven't seen my "Bath of Light"? Head over to my scrapbook to see the WIPs I've got so far.
So far I have had a grand total of one (kind of) broken lead, just out of softness. That is after more than 100 sharpenings. I keep my blades sharp though. I have the same impression about the soft leads that I wrote about in my first journal on the subject.
A few notes on my findings. I have found that the weakest point of the Prismas is the black pencil. Not dark enough for me. Fortunately I have Polychromos. Also, the white Polychromos seems to be a better blender than the white Prismacolor. The white Prisma is a wonderful white, but it whitens whatever tone you have underneath. In other words, it's pretty opaque, unlike the white Polychromos which is much more transparent. That is not necessarily bad, indeed it is very good if you are looking to bleach the colours underneath. Well Prismacolor offers the colourless blender pencil. I have found that one should be careful when using it, and definitely one should be careful not to abuse it. One should not use it until the very last moment, when all the layers underneath are already in place. Also, one should not press too hard with it, because when I do, it clears out the tones a little and if you apply too much of it, it leaves a grainy texture that may result undesirable. Also, no further layers of pencil can be added, it ends up acting like a kind of varnish. But if you avoid that, the colourless blender pencil works alright. I have also found that the Prismas respond better than the Polychromos to being blended with a stump. And it is best when the layers to be blended make a good coverage of the paper.
I am still learning, so don't take my words as law. What I really recommend is for you to go in your own journey of exploration.