Prismacolor Pencil Set of 120 $ 93.83 Prismacolor Art Stix Set of 48 $ 41.39 Col-Erase Colored Pencils Set of 24 $ 8.77 $ 13.98 +shipping $157.97 total
Considering that the local Pla-Za was charging $135 for the Prismacolor pencils alone, I'd say that's a pretty good deal!
I have a set of Derwent pencils, but they're too hard; I'm hoping the Prismacolors will be easier to use, particularly in sketchbooks. Markers make nice, vivid colors on bristol, and blend beautifully, but I discovered to my dismay at FC that MARKERS + SKETCHBOOKS = BLEED ALL OVER THE PAGE! *cry*
Clean, polished original artwork is still a long way away for me, alas, but having the right tools sure makes a big difference!