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Derwent Pencils

Updated on August 24, 2010

Derwent Pencils have been around since 1832, which makes them one of the earliest producers of graphite and water colored pencils. A derwent pencil is considered to be the most widely and commonly used pencils amongst most artists. As a bit of a artist myself i was very interested when i came across this site. And i learn't about the different types of mediums one can do with a variety of pencils and products they have to offer. With all the different types of pencils that Derwent has for the amateur as well as the professional artist it is no wonder that they have been a brand name in the art world. Derwent have been around for a very long time stretching as far back since the discovery of graphite, in the borrowdale era in the 1500s .

Derwent colored pencils:

Derwent coloured pencils can be purchased in tins of 12, 24, 36 and 72 different range of colors. Derwent will also give the artist the opportunity to purchase them in a range of wooden presentation boxes which i think is very convenient if giving it as a present or gift to that someone special. You can also purchase them in sets of six which are intended to be trial packs, which is good if you want to give it a test drive before you buy. Derwent have since expanded their range of pencils from when they originally started selling them in colors of 24 to 72 in 1939, and then 72 to 120 since 1996. They have certainly come a long way since then.

Derwent watercolour pencils:

Derwent watercolor pencils are still available in their original 72 colors. In 1994 Derwent Pastel pencils is another one of their creations, which at one time or another we have all used these pastels, they also now have introduced ordinary stick pastels.
Their newest and latest innovation is what they call the Signature range of light fast pencils, which are available in 60 colors.

Signature Watercolor pencils come in a wide range of 40 colors, they also make a range of graphite pencils these are known as Graphitone, Graphitint and now charcoal pencils like Tinted Charcoal, as well as introducing specially made items such as Aqua tone, in a range of 24 sticks of pure water soluble.

Derwent Innovation

Derwent has also created a innovative water brush, now this has to be their best invention yet, this ingenious brush houses water in the barrel of the pen itself , which is transferred to the fiber brush through a simple valve, giving a constant flow of water while you put brush to paper.

They have had had much success in manufacturing quality and innovative products and still endeavor to create original quality pencils and colours. Derwent drawing pencils are certainly the favored choice for any artist. Although because of the price of buying these pencils compared to others, will cost you a little more for the quality costing around $1 per pencil which is not that much really if you want the best.


Colored pencils back then were once thought of as a basic art product that any ordinary artist would use back in the day. Times have certainly changed since those early days, works of art that were once created with colored and watercolor pencils, are no longer with oils and acrylics now being worthy contenders. Derwent studio pencils are found to be mostly used for production drafts, office use, architectural drawings and many other professional trades.

Now days artists of every caliber and background, from expert to novice are now choosing colored and watercolor pencils as their medium of choice, and with the way Derwent are creating new ways and being at the forefront of innovation in this field, they have certainly changed the way artist now view their work. So if your a beginner to art than they will surely have something for you to start a career in fine arts no matter what level your at.

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      ConradM 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I didn't know these were still around

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      Ashley Carew 8 years ago

      Nice hub, I used to use these quite a lot in my youth. Just haven't got the time anymore.

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      Emico 8 years ago

      nice hub you have here.thanks for sharing more about derwent pencils!

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