Monday, June 13, 2016

Comparing Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors: Cobalt Blue, Permanent Rose, Transparent Yellow

What is the difference between some of Winsor & Newton's and Daniel Smith's watercolors? Here I compare Cobalt Blue (PB28), Permanent Rose / Quinacridone Rose (PV19), and Transparent Yellow / Nickel Azo Yellow (PY150).

Cobalt Blue
Pigment: PB28 (both brands)
Characteristics: Semi-transparent, granulating (both brands)

W&N Cobalt Blue is a slightly subdued blue that is fairly weak in mixes. It makes beautiful granulating patterns both on its own and when mixed with other colors and is one of the backbones in my palette. I probably go through these tubes at twice the speed of any other color as it is not a very saturated color! W&N Cobalt Blue is more granulating than DS as evident in the both the green and purple color mixes below. It also has a greener hue than DS, which is slightly redder, brighter, and closer to a primary blue.
Comparing Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors
© 2016 Anna C./See. Be. Draw.

Permanent Rose (W&N) / Quinacridone Rose (DS)
Pigment: PV19
Characteristics: Transparent, staining (both brands)

Despite being a brighter and more dominant pigment, PV19 is one of few replacement options for Rose Madder Genuine. I also find that W&N Permanent Rose is a good magenta option for a mixing triad. It is a warmer magenta than DS Quinacridone Rose, which has a bluer hue. This blue hue is evident in mixes, such as the purple DS mix.
Mixing Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors
© 2016 Anna C./See. Be. Draw.


Transparent Yellow (W&N) / Nickel Azo Yellow (DS)
Pigment: PY150
Characteristics: Transparent, staining (both brands)

PY150 is one of a few good replacement pigments for Aureolin Yellow. As it is diluted, it changes in color and temperature from a burnt or brownish yellow over a warm midtone to a slightly cooler yellow. Although both W&N and DS list this yellow as transparent, I find DS Nickel Azo a bit more opaque. DS also has a browner hue, which is evident in mixes. Both the orange and the green DS mixes are duller and more opaque.

Conclusion
Yes, the same color can definitely look different depending on the brand! In this case, the colors look quite similar on their own, but still vary a bit in terms of color temperature and granulation, for example. This is evident in the color mixes. Be aware that pigments used and color characteristics, including lightfastness, may vary between brands, so it is a good idea to look up this information before investing in a new color. In terms of how they handle, I find that Daniel Smith's colors generally are a bit creamier.

Do I have a favorite? Well, I have used Winsor & Newton for many years and particularly like their granulating and textured colors and how these colors, when mixed, can produce the most beautiful, almost shimmering patterns. One color I especially like for this reason is Cobalt Blue. (Note that colors can be textured without being labeled granulating!) That being said, I am also venturing into Daniel Smith territory when it comes to certain new colors as you will see in subsequent posts.

For more color comparisons, read my posts about Cobalt Turquoise, Indian Red, and Perylene Maroon.


Översättning. Vad är det för skillnad mellan akvarellfärger från Winsor & Newton och Daniel Smith? Jag jämför här cobalt blue, permanent rose / quinacridone rose och transparent yellow / nickel azo yellow. 

W&N cobalt blue är en lite dovare och grönare blå färg som ger vackra granuleringar. DS cobalt blue är lite starkare, rödare och mer klarblå och i mina tester så syntes granulering inte lika mycket. W&N permanent rose är en bra basfärg (och trots sin starka färg ett av få alternativ till rose madder genuine) medan DS quinacridone rose är kallare och blåare. W&N transparent yellow är en mörkt gul färg som går över det lejongula mot en kallare gul då den späds ut (och ett bra alternativ till aureolin yellow). DS nickel azo yellow är i jämförelse lite brunare och mer opak. 

Färger från olika tillverkare men med samma namn kan inte bara innehålla olika pigment utan även variera i egenskaper, inklusive ljusbeständighet, så det är värt att kolla upp detta innan man investerar i en ny färg. De färger jag har jämfört ser lika ut vid en första anblick men varierar bland annat i temperatur och granulering. Färgernas karaktärer blir som mest synliga när de blandas med varandra.

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