Derwent Studio Colored Pencils Review
A great compliment to the other Derwent lines, these studio pencils specialize in the fine details. Their smaller core and harder wax core mean that the intricate areas such as feathers, grass blades, etc. are where these colored pencils shine. However, they will struggle covering larger areas. Available from singles all the way up to a 72 count set, there is a decent range of color selection for any project. The 3.4mm core is wrapped on a 6.9mm hexagonal barrel.
Visual Appeal – 4/5
As intended, these pencils have a much crisper and precise output to them. They share the same color tree with the Derwent Artists line, although there are some colors not available since the Artists line goes all the way up to 120. The colors are pretty good and can be quite vivid if applied heavily. However, the intention is for these in small details. For large areas that require excessive blending, there are much better alternatives. Attempting to color large areas will not only quickly consume the pencil but also take you a much longer period of time to achieve the desired results.
Usability and Durability – 4/5
The harder core means that these pencils hold up to pressure quite well. This also results in a pretty smooth application. The hard material can be a double-edged sword, however, in that pushing down too hard could potentially scratch the paper. These pencils do not blend well and it really isn’t their intention to. Stick to outlines and fine lines with these and they shouldn’t disappoint. The hexagonal body also means for a generally better grip when working on those fine details.
Packaging and Presentation – 4/5
Sets come in tin cases except for the 72 piece set which comes in an attractive wooden box. The pencils themselves have a black hexagonal body with the color accent on the base of the pencil and the type and color of the pencil written on the side.
Cost – 4/5
Prices are in the premium range with the bigger quantities and the singles tending to fetch a higher premium. We aren’t surprised by this price point due to the quality but still, it is important to understand that these pencils are intended for specific applications and aren’t really universal.
Overall Ranking – 4/5
A nice addition to have with your standard, more “blend-friendly” set of colored pencils as these have a specific role that they do quite well. For the price, you get a well-made and proven colored pencil set that should last you for quite some time. Although the scope of what these are capable of might seem somewhat narrow, what they do, they do well. Not a good choice for someone just starting out but a lovely addition to an already established artist toolbox.