Derwent Coloursoft Pencils Information and hints

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The massively popular Derwent Coloursoft range have a velvety soft core with rich, dense colours.
  • Layer up the colours to create rich, deep tones
  • Use a blender or a white pencil across colours to add highlights or further define detail
  • Colour glides on smoothly over a wide variety of drawing surfaces.
  • 72 beautiful, rich colours with the possibility of blending many more shades and hues.

    Top tips from Derwent's Karen Coulson
  • Try out every colour on the paper you are planning to use and keep it for future reference.
  • Shade each colour from dark to light.
  • Coloursoft is soft and waxy so perfect for blending. Practise blending the colours together. Alternate the order of layers e.g. red over yellow, yellow over red.  Write beside your blended colours exactly what you did. You may not remember!
  • Try blending brown and indigo to make a soft warm black.
  • Use black for the pupil of an eye or the very darkest marks.
  • Use white as a wax resist for areas such as veins of a leaf.
  • Use the blender pencil to soften and even out layers and use a burnisher pencil to add a shine or photo-like finish to your drawings.
  • Experiment with Coloursoft over a watercolour or Inktense wash. A great depth of colour and subtle shading can be achieved.
  • Remember temperature can affect your pencils. A warmer environment can help your pencils blend

The velvety softness of the core releases rich, dense colour at a stroke and is perfect for mixing and blending. Despite its soft texture, Coloursoft sharpens to a fine point and works equally well for detailed illustrations or bold, contemporary still-life drawings and portraiture.