Which is the most popular brand of Color Pencils?

by makingamark

Which are the most popular brands of color pencil to use if you're an artist or just like coloring pages? VOTE in a Poll to find the most popular brand in 2011

Introducing the POLL to find the most popular brand of color pencil

The Poll below includes all known brands of coloured pencils used for professional and amateur art - and coloring pages

  • It mixes up artists grade pencils with watercolour pencils
  • It includes brands which are very resistant to fading in the light with ones which are much less resistant.

It's the only poll being conducted which looks at preferences across all the different manufacturers brands and all different types of coloured pencil

Bear in mind that different people like different pencils for different reasons. For example:

  • Some might like a pencil a lot but be deterred by price or performance when being sharpened.
  • Some of the pencils might not get liked a lot because they might not be easy to find
  • Some people need a professional quality product while others just want a more economical choice

Whatever the reason - please only vote if you have used any of the following brands and have a distinct preference for one brand

Check out Coloured Pencils - Resources for Artists if you'd like

  • comprehensive information and advice about the best brands and how to use them to create art
  • to vote - as an artist - in the 2011 POLL: Which is the best brand of artist grade coloured pencil?
  • to vote - as an artist - in the 2011 POLL: What's your favourite watercolour pencil?

COMING SOON! A second poll about color pencils for children

CHECK OUT: 10 things to think about when choosing color pencils for children


POLL: 2011 Which brand of colored pencils do you like the best?

Coloured Pencils - Resources for Artists

This site is probably the most comprehensive resource about color pencils in the world. It provides advice and information about the different brands of colour pencils

Coloured Pencils - Resources for Artists
Find out about coloured pencils and coloured pencil art and artists. This leading resource has information on every aspect of coloured pencils for everybody - from experienced artists to improvers and beginners wanting to learn all they can about how to work with coloured pencils.

Derwent Coloursoft Coloured Pencils

A Set of 72 Colors in a Metal Tin from the Cumberland Pencil Company in the UK
Colorsoft Pencils by Derwent- Set of 72 Colors in a Metal Tin
$113.55  $86.99


A set of 40 pencils in a tin - all the way from Switzerland
Caran D''''ache 40 Color Pablo Set
Caran D'Ache
$116.50  $85.00

Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencil Set Of 76

NEW PENCILS - meet the official lightfastness standard (6901) - will not fade
Luminance 6901 Color Pencil Set Of 76
$375.00  $314.00

A.W. Faber-Castell Heirloom Wood Case of 120 Albrecht Durer Artists Watercolor Pencils

probably the most popular coloured pencil for artists in the world
A.W. Faber-Castell Heirloom Wood Case of 120 Albrecht Durer Artists...
A.W. Faber Castell

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Wooden Box Set, 96 Colored Pencils

made by an American Company and extremely popular in the USA
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Wooden Box Set, 96 Colored Penci...

10 things to think about when choosing color pencils for children

Which are the best coloured pencils for your children?

10 things to think about when choosing color pencils for children

  1. Are they completely non-toxic?  You know those pencils are going to get sucked and chewed!
  2. Do they fit comfortably in their small hands? Fatter and shorter tend to work best with tinies.
  3. Are they resistant to breaking if a child uses too much pressure?  Children very often bear down on their pencils and it can be very frustrating for them if the pencil keeps breaking
  4. Do they give up their colour easily - or are they too dry and frustrate children who like strong colours?
  5. Are they easy for a child to sharpen?  Learning how to sharpen a pencil improves manual dexterity skills
  6. Which length is best - smaller children colour seem to work better with smaller pencils.  Bigger children will want "grown up" pencils
  7. How do you intend to keep them or hold them when not in use?  Do they have a robust tin?
  8. What's the recommended price - and what sort of discount can you get if you buy online?  There are some very significant discounts to be gained by buying online.
  9. How easy is it to replace colours?
  10. Does you child like using a brush and water?  Have you tried the pencils which dissolve in water?


Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluable Pastels

Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluable Pastels (10 Colors)
Caran d?Ache
Only $16.31

Derwent Pencils

Inktense Watersoluble Ink 72 Pencil Tin Set and Derwent Metallic Pencil Tin Set 12
Derwent Inktense 72 Pencil Tin Set
$129.25  $141.22
Updated: 01/09/2015, makingamark
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What do you use coloured pencils for? Why do like the brand you voted for?

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onepagearticles on 12/05/2011

I use allsorts of colored pencils but there are 3 main ones I personally use and they are Crayola, Prismacolors and the Derwent Inktense range especially the Derwent ones as I have 2 large tins of these and they have lasted for a couple of years. All the 3 pencil types I mentioned are great for blending and that's the important factor!

cgreen7090 on 10/17/2011

Very enticing page!. Love it. Love the idea. I don't know enough to participate in the poll, but beautiful page!

Holistic_Health on 07/06/2011

I've seen some beautiful art done in pencil, but I can barely draw a stick figure. I guess every artist has his favorite tool.

mulberry on 05/30/2011

I've never really used colored pencils, I don't have an artistic cell in my body. But, my doodles would have to look much nicer using them.

JoyfulPamela on 05/29/2011

My son is very artistic and he loves to experiment with many different brands.

Dianne on 05/27/2011

I've never worked with colored pencils. I'd like to try them some day.

makingamark on 05/27/2011

The thing is when the books are written by American authors, they seem to recommend the pencils which they find easier to get hold of. Over here in the UK top coloured pencil artists recommend other brands.

Obviously everybody has their individual preferences - but a lot of it is to do with what people can actually get hold of and what the exchange rate is up to!

WordCustard on 05/27/2011

Ah, so Prismacolor are still hard to get hold off for us Brits.... I wouldn't mind but a lot of the books I bought do use them and I have to do some colour matching with my Coloursofts. I had a handy cross-reference guide once between them, not sure whether it was one of yours or I found it elsewhere online but it was certainly useful.

ronpass on 05/27/2011

My children used Faber-Castell - all five of them (children) at school. They (the coloured pencils) lasted very well and had a great range of colours.

nightbear on 05/26/2011

Oh my, this is way over my head, how wonderful to have such extensive knowledge about this particular art. Well done, I enjoyed learning a bit here.

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