Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils

1-120 count pack

Oil core

Hexagonal Barrel

Premium-priced

Pros:

Intense Colors

Great Control Capability

Perfect for Large Areas

Awesome Packaging

 Cons:

Can be Pricey 

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Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils Review

Faber-Castell’s primary watercolor line, the Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils are an excellent premium offering.  With sets ranging from singles all the way up to 120, just about any color desired can be achieved.  These colors come off in a lovely thick, somewhat chunky application and with the addition of a little water, fantastic blending can be experienced.  Like other Faber-Castell lines, these come at a premium but for those wanting some of the best you can’t go wrong with these.  The thick oil-based core is wrapped in an attractive hexagonal wood exterior.

Visual Appeal – 4.5/5

There are many great hues with these watercolor pencils, especially in the larger sets.  Color comes off as intense, vivid, and great control can be had with a combination of applied pressure and water.  Blending is a breeze if a color is desired that isn’t already in the larger sets.  Very good deep purples and reds, but really every color is well-established in the larger sets.  There are minor color gaps in the smaller sets but nothing too extreme.

Usability and Durability – 5/5

Application can come off thick and textured, but after a bit of moisture is added it becomes very buttery.  These are professional-level watercolors but even a novice could easily experiment and come up with some lovely color presentations.  The thick, oil-based core can handle repeated use and sharpening isn’t too burdensome.  The hexagonal exterior helps with user control.

Packaging and Presentation – 5/5

The smaller sets come in either a sturdy metal tin or a thick cardboard box.  The tin has corrugated grooves for individual pencils while the box has pouches.  For the 73 and 120 piece sets there is an optional high-quality wooden case.  All three options provide very good protection and also look quite stunning.  The pencils themselves have color-coordinated exteriors with attractive gold lettering and banding on the base.

Cost – 3.5/5

To enjoy the high quality you’ll receive, expect to pay.  These will generally be premium-priced, with the optional wooden case set potentially running more.  This might push these out of many people’s desired budgets, but for those willing to pay you are getting some of the best watercolors out there.

Overall ranking – 4.5/5

A great professional watercolor pencil set that will check all the boxes for even the most demanding critic.  Great color, blending, and stroke control make these a must-have for anybody wanting to get into the premium market.  The strong, oil-based core makes for a durable drawing medium and the high quality and attractive case is a nice touch.  To really capture all of the wonderful color offerings it is recommended to go for the 72 or 120-count set, but be ready to pay.

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