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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Derwent Graphitint pencils, the tin of 24.

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Derwent/Graphitint
  • Item number: 0700803 (Set of 24)
  • RRP at time of writing: £35.75

Purpose

Quote from Product packaging:

  • Used dry Derwent Graphitint is a hint of colour but adding water transforms the tint into rich vibrant shades.
  • Available in 24 colour tints ranging from Soft Greys, blues and greens to glowing russets plums and browns.
  • It is ideal for landscapes, animal studies and portraits.

Reason For Buying

When dexterity allows, I’m getting back into pencil sketching. Although I like pure graphite sketches, when I heard about these I just had to try them. I was getting my sketching supplies together, when I dug out a little set of 6 of these that I forgot I had! They were great. So I invested in the whole range of 24.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • The round casing on the pencil makes it comfortable in the hand
  • Great colour coverage either on its own or over other graphite
  • Works well on a variety of surfaces. Lovely on smooth paper but for more textured projects try using on rough watercolour paper.
  • Colours are subtle and you can add highlights to a drawing using them dry
  • Colours activate well, and when the water is added the colours really pop.
  • Add more water to blend away pencil marks, or only just touch the surface gently to keep the original drawing. Depending on the style you are creating.

Cons

A yellow or lighter ochre would have been a nice addition to the palette. Also I find the lids have a tendency to drop off in transit, so I always secure them with an elastic band.

An old soap box grumble, I find the lids of these tins to have a tendency to drop off if you store the box in a sketching bag. This is a shame as the 24 tin is a great one to take on field trips and to classes. I like that the lid is fully and easily removable and that you can sit the pencils back in the lid, so if you are short on space its ideal. Their wooden boxes are superbly designed and hold everything secure, which are available for other products in the range. Perhaps if the lid was hinged and had a catch it would solve this issue. I have a work around, I always use elastic bands or other ties around the tins, at all times. Even if I’m not going out and about with them, the water-soluble cores are more delicate and need respect and TLC.

Build Quality

The pencils themselves are superb. Quality wooden casing, colour core is superb and a joy to work with, whether you are using them on smooth or more textured surfaces. The colour is super smooth and has great coverage. Delightful dry or used wet.

Value for Money

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Graphitint Pencils. Tin of 24

Excellent. These aren’t the cheapest pencils but they are top quality and well worth the asking price. I haven’t seen any other make produce a product that looks like graphite with just a hint of colour, let alone one whose colour transforms like this does, when wet.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. I have the full range now, but the pencils are available individually which is great so as they wear out I can replace them.

Summing up

If you enjoy sketching in pencil, do give these a try. The colours are really subtle when used dry and would be a very gentle accent to a project. Adding water really makes the colours pop. If you aren’t sure you can buy individual pencils to give them a try.

Derwent Graphitint are available in individual pencils, blister packs of 6, tins of 12 and 24.

Have you used Graphitint pencils? I’d love to hear what you think about them too.

Links

  • Derwent Pencils Manufacturers website, colour charts, product lists, tutorials and so much more. Check it out!
  • Derwent on You Tube Tutorials on a selection of their products and previews of the DVDs
  • Graphitint pencils Manufacturers page about the Graphitint pencil range, and link to PDF colour chart.

Suppliers

Great places to buy your Derwent Graphitint pencils

For more details please check out my Art – supplies tab at the top of the blog.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Derwent Inktense pencils.

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Derwent/ Inktense
  • Item number: 0700929 (set of 24)
  • RRP at time of writing: £35.75

Purpose

Quote from Packaging: Derwent Inktense combines the brilliant intensity of pen and ink with the versatility of line and wash. Apply pure, vibrant dry colour then wash the pigment out completely to leave a translucent ink like effect. Once dry the colour is permanent and can be worked over with other media. The possibilities are endless.

Reason For Buying

I went for these set of 24, for the wider range of colours. These pencils appealed to me for the fact they say once dry the colour doesn’t re-activate. I love water-soluble pencils but have struggled when using them, as when I try to overlay colours the earlier layers wash off. I hope to use these for mixed media work as well as quick sketches.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Love the colour range
  • Super smooth application of colour
  • Colour mix beautifully if applied in the same layer.
  • For a glaze of another colour let first layer dry and new layer will keep its own colour and not blend with earlier ones.
  • Able to layer with more colour without disturbing earlier layers
  • The 24 are a great mix of colours which you can blend for even more colour options. A great size for location/classes
  • The round pencil casing is comfortable in the hand for sketching for longer periods.
  • Useful that the lid comes off completely and will sit neatly under the box, while in use. Handy if you don’t have a lot of room.

Cons

The only issue I have with Derwent is the tendency for their lids to come off when you don’t want them too. I took a tin like this out in a sketching bag and when I opened the bag the tin had opened and the pencils were loose in the bottom of the bag.

This was on a different tin but of the same design, by the same company. Now I always err on the side of caution and always use an elastic band around the tin to keep it secure. The lid is easy to remove but it would be nice if it was more secure for travel, as this 24 pencil set is a great size for on the move.

Build Quality

Superb, the colour core is fantastic quality and the wooden casing is top quality and from sustainable forest.

Value for Money

Excellent. Like with anything of top quality not cheap, but the quality is well worth the price tag.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! I bought the 24 set thinking that would be plenty, but the pencils were so good, like the colour magpie I NEED them all. MIL gave me a donation for my birthday so I’m saving the difference and going for the LOVELY wooden box set of the full range of 72.

Summing up

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

Derwent: Inktense Pencils. Tin of 24

These pencils are wonderful, the niggles I had about water-soluble pencils are solved by these Inktense ones. I love the versatility that you can use them like regular pencils dry, add water for a vibrant ink/wash effect and work over the colour without disturbing earlier layers. The quality is fantastic, if you are unsure if they are for you, the pencils are available individually so you can get just one to see if you like them.

I highly recommend the set of 24 as the colour range is more versatile than that of the 12s, the pencils are available in the following sizes

Individual pencils, blister packs of 6, tins of 12, 24, 36 and 72. For a special present there is also a wooden box of 72. I have had other wooden boxes and HIGHLY recommend them, not for travel but they are the most beautiful storage and take care of the pencils. Full sets are an investment, its worth a little extra for the wooden box for the security of the case which doesn’t drop open and looks and feels delightful to use.

Can’t wait to see all the things these pencils can do, really enjoying experimenting with them to find out. There are colour charts available on the manufacturer’s website. If you haven’t used water-soluble pencils before there is also a DVD of hints and tips available separately. It’s a great introduction to the media and you will truly get more from the pencils if you watch it.

Try these pencils, even if you can only get just one. They are a joy to use and will take your art in a new direction, maybe even tempt you to sketch outside (if the weather allows). A great partner product to these pencils is a set of waterbrushes. I use the Pental ones. Ideal for use on location and less fuss than carrying lots of kit.

Links

  • Derwent Pencils Manufacturers website, colour charts, product lists, tutorials and so much more. Check it out!
  • Derwent on You Tube Tutorials on a selection of their products and previews of the DVDs
  • Inktense pencils Manfacturers page about the Inktense pencil range, and link to PDF colour chart.

Suppliers

Great places to buy your Inktense pencils

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a sketch that I drew using Derwent Inktense pencils.

Rose in Derwent; Inktense pencils

Rose in Derwent; Inktense pencils

This was my first sketch using these pencils, other than random scribbling, and I was really impressed with them. The idea behind them is that although you can use them like regular coloured pencils, they are water soluble so the colour can be washed out to give a watercolour like effect.

I have a habbit of A. Overworking pictures and B taking FOREVER to draw/paint them. So to help me get over this and to try a looser style of working I tried for a 3 minute sketch. I admit I didn’t complete this whole thing in three minutes but I used commercial breaks between a film I was watching to sketch in the main image, go back with extra colours for shading and finally to add water to blend areas out. The only ‘fiddling’ was to touch in areas here and there once the paint had dried to put a little detail in. Here is a close up of the picture

Rose in Derwent; Inktense pencils

Rose in Derwent; Inktense pencils

The best thing about these pencils over other watersoluble pencils is that once the pigment has been washed out with water, the effect is permanent. You can go back over that area, once its dry with more colours and the earlier colours won’t move. Brilliant, I adore my Faber Castell Abrecth Durer watersoluble pencils but you have to think ahead and make sure you don’t over work an area or risk lifting colour out rather than adding it. Once I found out that the inktense pencils were permenent, after they dry again, they were top of my list to try.

Love the vibrancy of the colour, you need to plan ahead to blend colours by laying the various tones you want to mix n blend down in the same layer. This takes a little practice to perfect but a waterbrush is definately your best friend here as it doesn’t dry out on you.

Rose leaf in Derwent; Inktense pencils

Rose leaf in Derwent; Inktense pencils

I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with these pencils and there will be a full review of them coming soon.

Getting photographs of sketches is proving difficult as the dark wet days aren’t making it easy. I do take the pictures into Photoshop to help with lack of lighting but this can throw off the original colours of the painting. For comparison, here is a picture of the same sketch without the lighting enhancement from Photoshop.

Rose in Derwent: Inktence pencils. Quick sketch

Rose in Derwent: Inktence pencils. Quick sketch

Last week I posted a review of the Inktense pencils, which included links to where to buy them and Derwent’s tutorials using them too. I know funds are tight just now, but treat youself to just one of these pencils in your favorite colour, they are amazing and I’d love to hear what you think of them too.

Links

  • Inktense Pencils. My review of Inktense pencils (Will be published on friday, will add link)
  • Derwent Pencils Manufacturers website, colour charts, product lists, tutorials and so much more. Check it out!
  • Derwent on You Tube Tutorials on a selection of their products and previews of the DVDs
  • Inktense pencils Manfacturers page about the Inktense pencil range, and link to PDF colour chart.

Suppliers

Great places to buy your Inktense pencils

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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