Derwent Drawing Pencils

1-24 count pack

wax core

Round barrel



Perfect for Earthy Tones

Great, Smooth Application

Strong, Thick Core


Small Color Selection

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Derwent Drawing Pencils Review

Another unique offering from Derwent, these colored pencils go for a more “earthy” feel in their color selection.  The creamy core is great for wildlife and landscapes, but general applications might leave you having to dig into other sets for the right colors.  They are available in singles up to 24 packs and have an extremely thick 5mm core and round 8mm barrel.

Visual Appeal – 2.5/5

The colors available have a nice, earthy tone.  Some would say almost rustic.  This is great for certain applications such as drawing a wild fox or the bark on a tree but for a lot of works, you will find the color portfolio quite lacking.  Looking for much in the way of purples?  What about varied blues?  Greens?  You might have to look elsewhere.  However, the colors available do a great job on showing fine details such as fur or skin.  This is what happens when you only offer small set sizes.  This makes these sit (even in the largest 24-pack option) more of a complimentary set rather than a standalone set.

Usability and Durability – 3/5

These are some of the softest pencils you will come across.  They could be compared to the Derwent Coloursoft line in that they almost feel like pastels from time to time.  The relatively low-wax residue means that applications will have a heavy, smooth feel to it with little in the way of wax bloom.  The thick core means that these take to pressure quite well and very broad or narrow sweeps can be made, depending on the applied pressure.  We’d prefer to have a non-round barrel for the more intricate details but this is a minor complaint.

Packaging and Presentation – 4/5

These are available in a single up to a 24 pack tin.  There are no options for wooden boxes that we’ve come across, likely due to the much smaller quantity.  The outside is painted an earthy red that is a nice representation of what sort of feel the entire set has.  The color is displayed on the bottom of the pencil and the color and pencil type are stamped on the side.  The look is a classic one and we don’t mind that one bit.

Cost – 3.5/5 

At the mid-priced range these fall pretty well in line with other Derwent offerings.  The difference being that these by themselves will not get you near all the color ranges you need for most applications, so if this is your first purchase of pencils plan on spending some extra to get the other colors you need.

Overall Ranking – 3/5

These introduce some really interesting colors that you might not have an easy time getting or have difficulty in emulating through blending with other sets.  The application itself is buttery smooth and the extra wide core allows for some pretty interesting variations in brush width.  These are a great addition to your artist tool belt if you are into wildlife pictures or landscapes, but should be down the list some if you are looking to start from scratch.

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