Artsits coloured pencils are the original coloured pencil of Derwent, one of the leading pencil brands in the world. This set has the most pencils of any in the Derwent range (120) and have a hard wax core.
The barrels are chunky and round shaped for a comfortable grip, with a colour dipped end that is generally true to the core shade. Each pencil is a a dark teal green in colour with a silver strip near the top. They are stamped with gold debossing which includes the brand name, the colour name and colour number. The pencils feel substantial in the hand and have a dense 4mm lead which seems very strong and solid.
Value & Availability
These pencils are not for the majority of colourists; they need time to get the right technique otherwise the very hard leads will ruin the paper in most books. That being said, if you can tolerate harder leads you may be able to produce some stunning works of art by lightly layering the huge 120 colours that you have to choose from. They definitely live up to their name- in my opinion these are for artists who sketch coloured drawings rather than for use in colouring books. For something a bit easier to use, try Derwent Coloursoft.
These pencils were given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find them on Cult Pens with FREE UK DELIVERY here.