Derwent’s first oil-based coloured pencils are 100% lightfast and with a smooth texture, it is a real joy to work with.
Derwent Lightfast pencils are oil-based, smooth and creamy with a beautiful laydown of rich colour. They are easy to blend and layer and can also be mixed with other mediums to create new colours or to create a painterly effect when dissolved. Being oil-based they are compatible with oil mediums. The innovative thick core gives a dense colour application, which brings vibrancy to any drawing. Derwent Lightfast pencils are not water-soluble so cannot be mixed with water. As an oil-based pencil, they can be mixed and thinned on the page with a solvent-based medium just as with oil paints.
It is available in a range of 72 lightfast colours. The vivid colours are specially formulated to combat the effects of UVA radiation, 100% lightfast and guaranteed to last 100 years under museum conditions, it complies with both the ASTM D-6901 and Blue Wool Scale ISO 105. Strict testing for international lightfast standards is done in Arizona, US.
A note about lightfastness, this does not equate permanence, as other factors can affect the permanence of work such as humidity, temperature, atmospheric pollution, the reaction between chemicals and pigments, the paper being used, etc.
Being ideal for works on permanent display it is perfect for professional artists as well as hobbyists who exhibit their work. Colour names and numbers are embossed in blue on each pencil for easy identification. The Easy-to-grip round barrels feel nicely in your hand and will fit standard pencil sharpeners. Handheld blade sharpeners work well with Lightfast, providing the blade is sharp.
For optimum performance of the pencils, note the following guidelines:
Use high-quality pH neutral heavyweight paper
Create strong, even layers and avoid damaging the surface
Avoid direct sunlight when exhibiting your work
Consider mounting your work behind glass
Lightfastness might be compromised if mixed with other media
Here are award-winning US artist Jesse Lane’s thoughts on the Lightfast range. He designed the awe-inspiring eye on the Lightfast packaging!
“These lightfast pencils are Derwent’s first oil-based pencils. The firmness of the lead is a good balance between soft and hard. It can make a fine point without breaking immediately, while still maintaining a bit of the smoothness of a creamy, soft pencil…What I love about the Lightfast colour selection: some colours are almost, but not quite, black. I find this super helpful when creating subjects fading in and out of a shadow.” Jesse Lane