Sargent Art Colored Pencils

12-56 count pack

Wax core

Round barrel

Budget-priced

Pros:

Pretty Good Color Accuracy

Nice Variety on Color Wheel

Good Price

Cons:

So-so Intensity

Not very Good Blending

 

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Sargent Art Colored Pencils Review

These colored pencils are targeted for beginners and have a good price point to support that.  There are 12 to 56 count sets available, so on the upper end there is a good color selection.  Color application can be a bit weak so you might have to be pretty aggressive with these to get the tones you are looking for.  However, they are relatively strong so they should be able to handle a decent amount of abuse.  The 3.3mm wax core is wrapped in a round wood outer shell.

Visual Appeal – 3.5/5

The colors seem to be pretty accurate for the most part.  In the higher-piece sets there is a pretty good variety of choices for most applications.  Intensity levels are about average and if you really press down you can bump them up a few notches.  Blending ability is not very good so don’t expect a lot of color exploration.  There is also a small issue in that different pencils will put out various levels of clay and pigmentation.  Some strokes from one pencil might feel a bit chalky while another will feel much smoother and this could affect how the strokes appear on the paper.

Usability and durability – 3.5/5

These are relatively strong so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about breaking them when applying your typical pressure ranges.  As mentioned earlier, different pencils might have a slightly different feel to them during use.  Also, blending with these is quite laborious and it is not really recommended.  Finally, extra care should be taken while sharpening these as the various characteristics of the core can result in lots of breaking issues if a conventional sharpener is used.  It also would have been nice to see a hexagonal outside instead of the round but this is a minor complaint and come often be up to personal preference.

Packaging and presentation – 3/5

These pencils come in a thin cardboard box similar to many other budget offerings.  It keeps the pencils in place but doesn’t do much in terms of extra protection and isn’t all the aesthetically pleasing.  The pencils themselves are a typical round exterior with color-coordinated paint and gold stamping.

Cost – 3.5/5

Prices for these are in the budget range which is normal if not slightly below the average you’ll expect to pay for most beginner pencils.  At this price there are no complaints on the cost front, and the performance and color selection you get is definitely acceptable.  We’d like to see a bit better color and blending ability but for the price you just can’t complain too much.

Overall Review – 3.5/5

An all-around “good” pencil that should check all the boxes for a beginning hobbyist or student.  These will hold up to abuse quite well and the color, while nothing magnificent, is plenty acceptable for this range.  Decent color choices means that most artistic endeavors can be accomplished without too much outside help from what is available in this set.

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