Drawing Pencils – Singles – Derwent

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The colour palette of Derwent Drawing Pencils takes you right back to nature. The colours are rich and earthy and you’ll find their soft texture and the pencil’s extra wide colour strip a big help when you’re trying to build up dense fur or feathers. Included are some Sepia tones in the range which you will find very useful when you come to draw portraits & life studies.

Soft, creamy wax-based pencils are ideal for wildlife drawings, nature studies and portraiture. Derwent Drawing Pencils are 8 mm in diameter with soft, thick, round leads that have a creamy consistency, making them easy to apply and produce a rich, velvety finish on the paper. The soft, extra wide 5 mm strip is ideal for blending and encourages loose, expressive drawings with subtle tonal transitions.

Colours can be quickly laid down in wide to thin applications. With regards to lightfastness, of the 24 Derwent Drawing Coloured pencil colours, 23 are rated 8 and only one, Ink Blue is rated 7 in the lightfast rating (A rating of 8 is the highest rating and anything below 6 is considered to not be lightfast).

Derwent Drawing pencils are available in the following colours: Light Sienna, Solway Blue, Ink Blue, Smoke Blue, Pale Cedar, Green Shadow, Crag Green, Olive Earth, Warm Earth, Brown Ochre, Wheat, Yellow Ochre, Sepia Red, Mars Orange, Sanguine, Venetian Red, Terracotta, Mars Violet, Ruby Earth, Chocolate, Ivory Black, Warm Grey, Cool Grey and Chinese White.

  • Round 8ply pencil (8mm diameter) with a 5mm strip.
  • Light mahogany stained barrel with colour coded end dip and distinctive angled gold band.
  • Clear white imprint detailing range, colour name and number.
  • The soft creamy texture provides a smooth velvety laydown.
  • Derwent Drawing pencils are available in 24 single pencils, as well as in tin sets of 6, 12 and 24.


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Colour Disclaimer. Actual colours may vary since every computer monitor has a different capability to display colours and everyone sees these colours differently. We cannot guarantee that the colour you see accurately portrays the true colour of the product.

Lightfastness rating (LF) = 3,4 – FAIR, MODERATE | 5,6 – GOOD, VERY GOOD | 7,8 – EXCELLENT
Derwent uses the Blue Wool Scale (ISO 105) to evaluate lightfastness. Lightfastness refers to the chemical stability of a pigment under long exposure to light.
A scale of 1-8 is obtained, with values of 6 or higher being considered to be highly lightfast and, under museum conditions, will not fade for 100+ years.

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1 review for Drawing Pencils – Singles – Derwent

  1. VanessaV

    I received this pencil as part of my Premium Tester Box. I am currently busy with a color pencil piece of an African Wild dog and found this pencil great for adding the slightly less opaque white tips and highlights required on this piece… easy to work with provided you have a gentle hand when laying down this pencil, I tend to have a very strong bold stoke and this one taught me to tap off the accelerator a bit! patience is the key here with this one. I would love to get the full colour range seeing that I do a lot of wildlife art and give them a goI

    I will go as far as to say that this might be an affordable option for those wanting to test the waters to see if they will enjoy colour pencil art because they are great for teaching you the “feel” of how to work to achieve the required colour intensity .

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