Although they are beautiful, pastels are certainly not the cleanest medium to use. With Derwent's pastel pencil you can enjoy all the beauty of a pastel, but without the mess! These wood cased Pastel Pencils have a soft, powdery texture which produces a velvety smooth finish. The product range features 72 colours which have the same brilliance as a regular pastel, but without their inconveniences! The wooden case makes the pastel much easier to control and apply detail, which can then be smudged and manipulated with precision.
These round 8mm diameter pencils with an extra wide 5mm strip are ideal for soft expressive studies. They are a medium pastel with a slightly chalky feel but also able to achieve a fine point. They have a soft powdery texture which means they can be mixed and blended well but because they are encased in wood you do not get the mess associated with a pastel block.
This clip features professional artist Fiona Peart drawing a boat using Derwent Pastel Pencils. During the clip Fiona shows various techniques including using the pencil point, blending and shading.
You can also download a project sheet where Fiona will guide you through creating a beach scene.
Pastel Pencils are more delicate than normal pencils, so when sharpening them be sure to take care. Keep the pencil in a straight line. Do not insert the pencil at an angle or the point will be subjected to unnecessary pressure and may break. Alternatively you can use a craft knife to sharpen your Pastel Pencil. Always ensure your blade or sharpener is sharp, pastel by it’s very nature causes a blade to blunt more quickly than normal pencils.
1. Tinting. Gently add colour to another and softly rub to merge the 2 colours together.
2. Sfumato. Rub pigment into the grains of the paper to leave a misty effect.
3. Feathering. Stroke or ‘feather’ pastel colours into each other to draw areas of tone lightly together.
4. Overlaying. Layer colours on top of each other to create new colour hues and add tonal depth.