FABER-CASTELL sets highest standards in manufacturing its artists' colours. We give top priority to the use of high-quality materials, including light-fast pigments, and the tough leads as a result of our Secural bonding. There are no limits to your imagination when you use POLYCHROMOS artists' colour pencils.
The wide spectrum of colours is based on pure pigments, ensuring high covering power and lasting brightness.
POLYCHROMOS artists' colour pencils have particularly soft waterproof wax leads. Their smoothness and resistance to smudging makes them a pleasure to use.
The leads are not brittle, and can be sharpened to a very fine point; this allows you to draw filigree detail as well as cover extended areas completely with colour.
The excellent covering power of POLYCHROMOS artists' colour pencils means that they can be used on a wide variety of materials such as paper, card, wood, or even fabrics.
This tin contains the full colour range of 120 pencils, plus a free Creativity Academy CD-ROM.
Faber Castell Polychromos Artists' Pencils are best used on 140lb paper with a smooth surface.
I bought a 36 pack of these pencils and, well, coloured pencils are generally similar in in the way they work on the paper. Some are soft, some are very soft and some are harder. They all have varying different characteristics.
Polychromos pencils are different. Their differences are very obvious compared to other coloured pencils. (And here I have to disagree with Ken Bromley here,) Polychromos pencils are not wax based pencils, they are oil based pencils. This makes a large difference in the way they react on the paper. The main difference being that you don't get that waxy bloom/shine, your pictures always keeps a nice matt finish for as much pigment as you can get on the paper. That aside, Polychromos are very highly pigmented, the colours spring off the paper. A drawback (in my opinion), is that these pencils in the smaller packs, i.e.36, are not enough, you need the whole set (120) to use them well. The colours don't mix as well as wax based pencils, hence you can't layer colours so well, you need the nearest colour to what you want from the complete set. I'm ordering mine now, and I'm looking forward to using them. Andy Roberts (Javea, Spain) on 19 Jan 2017
I have never used pencils before, so this is very new to me. They feel very smooth to work with and I appreciate that I need a lot more practice to get the right feel for them. But they felt so nice I am encouraged that I shall produce some good, saleable work with them in future. Tina Bone (Comberton, United Kingdom) on 2 Jan 2015