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Old 08-19-2008, 01:49 PM
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Derwent Signature pencils

I ordered a slew of these on clearance at dickblick yesterday. Price was good, but after I ordered I looked for info on them (I should have looked before I ordered ) and only found negative things about them. Are they really that bad?
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:47 PM
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Re: Derwent Signature pencils

I don't know, what did you find? I have them too, from ebay (because theyre almost gone everywhere). They're a little hard, like Derwent is known for (except for their Drawing and Coloursoft line), but I personally like them a lot.
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:58 PM
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Re: Derwent Signature pencils

I don't think they're all that bad. I think in the past some people didn't like them because they are harder than the softer type pencils like Prisma's... but if you enjoy hard or sanded surfaces (like me), harder pencils work wonderfully. That's why I enjoy Pablo's because they go down really well on rougher & harder surfaces. On Stonehenge they would feel slightly different than the way softer pencils go down.

From what I understand... and just confirmed with a search... Derwent Signature line has been discontinued, that is why they are on clearance.

I don't think you made a bad purchase... even if you run out of a color and can't order another exactly the same, you'll probably be able to find a similar color match with a different brand. The more you use colored pencils - the easier it'll be to recognize your colors and mix and match brands.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:13 PM
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Re: Derwent Signature pencils

Well, I feel better about this now! Thanks!

I could only find a few things about them, but one person hated them and was giving them away, another hated them and was giving them to her kids, you get the drift. The only specific things they said about them that made them unlikeable were about the hardness and the blendability (which surprisingly enough I found conflicting information about!). I found only one positive comment about them in about 5 pages worth of a search, so, I was starting to worry.

I do like to play around with different surfaces, so it's nice to know that they work well for that. I wanted something that was different from the Prismas I have but didn't want to spend a ton of money and at $.79 a pencil, I just couldn't resist. Glad you both have positive experiences with them!

Flame Lily - I'm in N. Texas, too! The rain and cooler weather is nice for a change!
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:00 PM
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Re: Derwent Signature pencils

Sounds like you got a good deal, Peanut Butter!

I use Derwent pencils and have always enjoyed in particular their sketching watercolor wash pencils. They let me build up values more organically than when I use markers in many situations.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz204/04/ <- Good deal. I needed to buy some in a hurry before, and they were $1 more than this.

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