Adventures in Pencil Land

22 January 2012

I’d say I’d been very bad yesterday but I really haven’t, I earned it…

Derwent Studio Pencils

I’ve been coveting a nice set of colouring pencils for a while. My Carb0thellos are great, but it’s impossible to get small fine details out of pastel pencils so I have to leap in with a box of Crayolas to save the day on the tiny bits. Last week I struggled to colour something purple with my one shade of deep dark violet, and decided to take a look to see what else was out there. I did a bit of research and was shocked at how much these pencil sets cost.

Enter Hobbycraft’s January sale; it’s not often you wander into a store and find exactly what you’re looking for at half price, or spend an hour trying to decide which set to go for before finding these tucked away at the back of the store. They were marked down at £10 cheaper than that Artist’s range, which I can only assume is because they’re less popular. Most artists look for something soft and highly blendable so while I found a sea of reviews praising Derwent’s Coloursoft range, those wouldn’t quite fit what I was looking for. In the end I narrowed it down to two ranges; Derwent Artists and Derwent Studio. The “lead” core of the two pencils is identical, but the Studio line is thinner with a hexagon shaped barrel, so they’re marketed as being for fine detail work and sound more like what I was after. Plan A was to pick up one pencil from the different ranges, give them a try and see which I liked best, but I was unlikely to find a set like this for £25 again so I just went for it. After a quick play it seems these’ll do the job just fine for me. :)