Derwent Pastel Pencils Derwent Pastel Pencils
These wood cased Pastel Pencils have a soft, powdery texture which produces a velvety smooth finish, ideal for mixing and blending. And because they're pencils, they're clean and easy to control.
  • Reformulated in 2011 to have a softer texture and smoother laydown
  • It also makes it easier to move the colour around your drawings using a paper stump, or finger!
  • The Pastel Pencils sharpen beautifully either with a sharpener, knife or sandpaper block so you can achieve a good point for finer detail
  • 72 vibrant colours are all fully blendable to create a wide range of different hues and tints

    Derwent's Carole Massey's Top Tips
  • Use the side of the pencil for broader areas of colour and the tip for drawing and detailed work.
  • To blend pastels you can use a paper stump, a rubber shaper or your finger.
  • Blend several similar colours together to enhance or heighten a colour e.g. two or three blues or greens.
  • Apply diagonal lines (hatching and cross hatching) of pure colour without blending, this also helps prevent colours becoming ‘muddy'.
  • Always work with sharp pencils. Use a pastel pencil sharpener or sharpening stand and craft knife to sharpen and a sandpaper block to hone the tip to a fine point.
  • Hatch large areas with one colour to create an overall harmony or to bring several areas together.
  • Create interest by varying the marks you make. Use both smooth blended areas as well as directional hatching marks.
  • Follow the maxim ‘light against dark, dark against light' to increase tonal contrast and bring life to your drawings.
  • Dab with a kneadable eraser to remove excess pastel or shape it to a point to lift out highlights.
  • White is more effective used directly on the paper, not over other layers of pastel.