Hi friends, Today we are going to take a look at the Derwent Procolour colored pencils set of 72. This set was sent to me by Derwent for review. I was not paid for this review but I do use affiliate links in this post.
These wax based pencils had me stumped for a while, they have a strong, hard lead yet laydown very smoothly. They have minimal glare and allow me to work fast which is not what I would expect for a hard pencil. These are something a bit different and new. They range in price from $2.89 per pencils to $124 for a set of 72 on Blick which is inline with other artist grade pencils.
Let’s look at the pros and cons.
- Highly pigmented
- Holds a point well and wears down slowly
- Allows layering
- Nice color selection
- Open stock available
- Blends with OMS but I don’t think it is a technique you’d use with these
- Works great with sanded paper
- Non-glare-great for reproduction work
- 77% of pencils are lightfast to 100 years (refer to chart linked above)
- Opaque on black paper
- These are hard pencils, the hardest I own. This may cause issues if you have arthritis and are coloring for a long period of time
Bottom line: These are not for everyone but I think a variety of artists will like them for different reasons and some will not like them at all. I like that I can sketch quickly with them on drawing paper and create a drawing that can be scanned with no glare in a short time while other artists might want to painstakingly layer and layer. The work so well on sanded paper, they act like pastels and are very quick and easy to blend (similar to working with powder blender) but you will probably need to use fixative to build up the saturation and values you want. I think the most common fine art use for these would be to use them for sharp details and highlights the end of a drawing. I’d recommend picking up a few open stock colors that you know you would use for details and maybe some basic colors for refining edges to see if you really like them before buying a large tin, this way if you are an artist who sells originals you can select only lightfast colors. I think this will appeal more the graphic artists and illustrators who want fuss free reproductions.
I hope this was helpful and til next time happy crafting!