Derwent Artists Colored Pencils

1-120 count pack

Wax core

Hexagonal barrel



Great Color Selection

Vivid Output

Great Blending


 Minor Flaking Issues

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Derwent Artists Colored Pencils Review

These could be considered some of Derwent’s “bread and butter” standard colored pencils due to their popularity.  They come in a wide array of sizes, ranging from singles all the way up to the behemoth 120 count set.  Their wider 4mm core allows for wider brush strokes and can make these viable for landscapes and other medias that require broad applications of color.  The wax core is wrapped in a round 8mm wood barrel, and all of this comes with a rather high asking price.

Visual Appeal – 4/5

The colors presented are vast, especially in the larger sets, so finding the right color for your application should not be an issue.  The posted colors are also pretty true to what you’ll see on paper, so there shouldn’t be a lot of uncertainty there.  Beyond this, the colors are quite vivid and depending on how thick you apply it should fulfill just about any brightness demands you might need.  There is a slight waxy sheen that exists after application but this can be diluted some.

Usability and Durability – 4/5

The pencils excel in blending and their waxy texture makes them great for layering.  A wide range of intensities can be achieved depending on how much pressure is applied to the pencil, so there is a lot of versatility here.  The thick 4mm core should hold up to quite a beating.  There are some minor flake issues but nothing that is too burdensome.  The round barrels might make gripping the pencil a bit harder than the hexagonal offerings but often times that if left up to personal opinion.  There can be some difficulty sharpening with a conventional hand sharpener.

Packaging and Presentation – 4/5

The 12, 24, and 36 packs come in the standard Derwent tin while the 48 and 120 packs come in an attractive wooden box.  If you can swing it, we recommend going with one of the larger sets not only so that you can enjoy a more diverse lineup of colors but also the great wooden storage box.  The round pencils have a green outer shell with the color accent on the base of the pencil as well as the type and color written on the side.  This is a pretty standard look but it comes together quite nicely and matches the high-quality performance of that Derwent colored pencils have.

Cost – 4/5

The price of these pencils fall into the premium price range, but for that, you get a premium pencil.  There can be a lot of price fluctuation due to the large array of set sizes available, however.

Overall Ranking – 4/5

A solid choice for someone looking for a high-quality set of pencils at a reasonable price.  The usability and visuals of these pencils are on point.  In addition, jumping into one of the larger sets should give you just about every color you would need in your artistry tool belt.  And minor complaint with these pencils is trumped by the established quality and sheer color selection that exists.

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