Who Dosen’t Love New Pencils!

Some new pencils arrived at my local art shop. Although I have heard of Mitsubishi pencils before… that set of 100 in that unique looking display box… I have never seen these ones: Uni No. 888. After some internal debate and a few web searches that revealed nothing much I decided to purchase them with a voucher I got for Christmas.

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So far I’ve only done a test swatch in my colour swatch book (mixed up the colours a bit… light flesh should be with the oranges and the very lovely coral red needs to be in the reds.).

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The colours are very bright and smooth. Initially they feel very similar to Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. Stand by for a proper review when I can finish a few pieces with them.

27 Comments

  1. Paula

    They look lovely. I’ll be interested to hear how you find them. You have mentioned that Faber Castell Polychromos are your favorite pencil, I’m curious what your other top favorites to use are? I notice you use Derwent Artists a lot, are they your next favorite? How do the Derwent colors differ from polychromos?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Paula, my ultimate favourites are my Faber Castell Polychromos in regards to performance. But my preferred colour range goes to Derwent Artist/ Studio pencils so I use them in combination. Derwents are much harder pencils and need a lot more layering. Polychromos are medium hardness which is perfect for my style. Derwent colours are targeted more at botanical and naturalist artist so the pencil colours are slightly more earthy. Polychromos are middle of the road. For contrast look at asian pencils such as Marco Raffine or Colleens, and apparently these ones which have significantly brighter colours and more pastel shades… very suitable for manga style pictures popular in Japanese culture. It depends on what i am working on as to what pencils I choose to use. I have a soft spot for my Micador ColouRush which I stll feel are the best low budget pencils I can buy locally. Colleens are amazing soft and bright but, like prismacolors, are prone to breakage which makes them somewhat frustrating to use at times.

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      1. Paula

        Thank you so much for your reply, Peta. I wish Derwent sold their pencils open stock here in the states. I love my polychromos, but I would like to supplement with another color palette for more options.

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        1. Chaypeta (Post author)

          Hi Paula… Good news! DickBlick in the states sells Derwent Studio pencils open stock through their online store. The ‘Studio’ pencils are identical in colour and formula to the ‘Artist’ pencils I use. the only difference is the barrel of the pencil is hexagonal instead of round. Check out the link. 🙂 Derwent Studio Single Pencils at DickBlick
          My favourite ‘bluegrey’ is at the top of the list.

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          1. Paula

            Eeee! I had no idea the studio pencils had the same cores as the artist line. So thrilled to hear it. Thanks for letting us know, Peta. I’m heading over there now. 🙂

          2. Samantha G.

            According to a review I read on deviantart, the studio pencils are harder than the artist pencils. Do you have some of both and do you find them very different from each other? I only have the colorsoft and really love how buttery soft gher are.

          3. Chaypeta (Post author)

            Hi Samantha. According to the Derwent site they make the Studios and Artists cores identically. The only difference is the shape of the barrel of the pencil. Artists are round and Studio’s are hexagonal. I have both Artist and Studio pencils and they are the same. I don’t know how the Deviant reviewer could have come to her conclusion unless maybe she had pencils from different eras as the formula for the cores has altered slightly with more modern production techniques.

          4. Samantha G.

            Thank you for clearing that up for me!

    2. Joyce Mathis

      I really love the bright colors. Thanks for the review and videos. Here is how I store my pencils. I have about 50 from sets leftover from my childhood and my children. I got the lid from a blank (50)CD box. I lined it with a mouse pad then filled it with milkshake straws from the dollar store. I cut these to 3-5 inches. For very short pencils I split a straw piece and taped it closed with electrical tape. I sharpen my pencils easily with an iPoint orbit from Costco for $20.

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      1. Chaypeta (Post author)

        Great storage idea, Joyce. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Pam Love

    I notice they included gold and silver metallic pencils. I’d rather have 2 different colors than metallics. Generally, they aren’t very metallic. If I want shiny, I usually reach for a gel pen.
    Pam

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    1. Annie

      The thing about metallic pencils though is you can a) vary the intensity with layering and b) erase them! I wouldn’t be without my Faber-Castell gold pencil.

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    2. Wesmoms

      Pam, prismacolor actually has a lovely gold and silver! With either a bit of pressure or 2 or more layers, you can get a very shiny, great metallic color. Both the verithins and the premiers work well. If you come across open stock prismas, or have a set, you might try them-they could surprise you. 🙂 again, though, I’ll stress that it will take more than one light layer-though I usually do one layer with heavy hand pressure, or 2 or more light hand pressure layers. (The bronze probably works well, too. I just haven’t tried it).

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    3. Chaypeta (Post author)

      The gold and silver in this set, particularly the silver, are one the softest of any metallic pencil I have ever used.

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  3. Joyce

    I think you are trying to get me in trouble ?

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  4. Pauline Kluske

    They look lovely Peta. Very tempting. 🙂 Can I ask whereabouts in Australia you bought them please?
    Thank You,
    Pauline

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I bought them at Cavalier Art Supplies in Geelong.

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  5. Desera

    Do you know of where I can get them in the states? I am only finding them on eBay and they would have to ship from Japan.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I’m afraid not. I’m shocked to find them here is Australia. they’re very new, it may take time for distributors to pick them up. Maybe ask about them at you local art store.

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  6. Rachel

    Hi Peta
    I was wondering if you and anyone on here has tried out the Bruynzeel Expression Coloured Pencils (36 Pack Multicoloured). They sell them at Spotlight stores and I have seen them at 30% off. But if they don’t blend well, no matter how money you save, they still have to be worthwhile. I couldn’t find any reviews online.
    Thanks Rachel

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      I haven’t tried these but I’ve seen them at my local art supplies. they look like a cheaper brand of Bruynzeel Design pencils which are quite nice. I can’t comment on their performance, sorry, as I don’t own any.

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  7. Cleo Fraser

    Peta, i don’t know if my question ever got to you but i was wondering how you would rate your Derwent Artist brand pencils vs Derwent Signature brand pencils. I have a chance to buy the Signatures but don’t see them on Blick’s site.

    Also, have you heard of Brunzyeel brand pencils?

    Lastly, how would you rate your Lyras?

    I would love these new pencils. But, shipping would kill it for me to Canada, if they’d even ship them. I love their brightt colourrs, going from what i can see. Can’t wait to see how they lay down on the paper. Watching for an email fromm you of your comparison.
    I’m up to Part 4 on the Duck Pond now. Thx for those videos, as they’re wonderful! I love watching how you colour. You make it look so easy. Lol.

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Cleo. Derwent Artist pencils are quite hard and many colourists don’t like them because it takes a lot longer to get a dense smooth layer. Also the colours are a little more earthy as they are designed for nature artists. I can’t comment on Derwent Signatures as I’ve never seen them. We get Brunzyeel here and they are nice very nice pencils. i have several friends who love them. Lyra’s are great pencils that I would happily use if I didn’t have my Polychromos. they have rich, dense colour and layer well.

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  8. Cleo Fraser

    Peta, i can’t find those new pencils anywhere. Guess they’re too new.
    If you don’t mind me asking, what does this set run for cost?

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    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      They were $49 Australian but i have seen them for a variety of prices… $39 to $79.

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    2. barb

      hi Cleo
      I saw them on amazon.co very briefly this morning they were around $25-30 . weren’t in amazon.ca though. if we bombard the amazon search for they it might encourage them to get them . Bar

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  9. donna

    Bruynzeel Expression pencils are available at Mary Maxim in Canada. $34.99 for a set of 36.

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