Thursday, 4 April 2019

Derwent Pencils from childhood

I have always loved colour, so it is no surprise that all I wanted as a child was coloured pencils, markers, pens, paint and other art and stationary materials. This set of 72 Derwent Pencils was my pride and joy at the age of about 7. I use water-soluble pencils much more often these days, so have created a couple of blog posts about those, but as it was National Pencil Day in the US last week, I thought I'd share these old friends. They have travelled with me to over a dozen different housesin three countries over the years yet here they all are - all 72. They don't have any fancy colour names, just numbers, 1 - 72.

Derwent coloured pencils from the 1970s.
 I like the colours of the Derwent (and Faber Castell) pencils as they are very realistic and usable, with a good range of earth browns and interesting greens.
Derwent coloured pencils from the 1970s drawn out.
Happy drawing :-)


  1. I had a set from my childhood but only 12 and I'm afraid they are pretty stubby now but I think they are still around. They came in a tin and I think I still have the tin too.

    When I was looking at Inktense pencils for fabric work, I decided to also invest in a good set of watercolor pencils. I dithered around trying to decide between Derwent, Faber-Castell and Caran-d'Ash. The Faber-Castell won but I don't remember why. I bought the Albrecht Dürer 120 in a tin. I tried a few but haven't really used them as I'm not that familiar with the techniques of using watercolor pencils. I bought a book but haven't had a chance to read it.

  2. What beautiful pencils and to think you have brought them with you everywhere is admirable! They do have lovely shades, I use my watercolour pencils quite often in my paintings, they are getting a little short in length but still hold pride of place, I share your love of colour!

  3. I had a 24 set in the late seventies and always wanted more. A few years ago I came across the full set on quite a good special and couldn't resist them : D