- Made in the Czech Republic. -The only pencil company in the Czech Republic is the Koh-I-Noor company. Just saying. 😉
- They come labeled as either Blick Studio Artists’ Colored Pencils or Utrecht Premium Colored Pencils.
- Oil based.
- California Cedar castings.
- Highly pigmented, smooth laydown.
- Color name on both ends of the pencil.
- Developed utilizing feedback from Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) artist members and teachers.
- A total of 91 colors.
- Sets sold in 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72.
- Also sold as open stock.
- Special sets offered: Portrait set of 12, Landscape set of 12, and Greys set of 12.
Scan of the finished painting:
“Solitary Song” Western Meadowlark 8 x 10 inches, Blick Smooth Bristol Blick Studio Artists’ Pencils, Derwent Drawing Pencil 7200 – white, and Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 – BuffI have also tested these pencils out on other papers and I am extremely happy with them! I’ve purchased some Strathmore 400 Bristol Vellum and Strathmore Medium weight (80lb) tan toned paper for upcoming drawings with these pencils. I will definitely been doing more color work with these! OK, I’ve told you the “pro’s,” but are there any “cons?” Yes.
- I did experience a little breakage when sharpening. It wasn’t as bad as I have heard Prismacolor users experience, only two pencils seemed to have issues.
- Not enough colors. Seriously, I would like to see the colors expanded.
- Along with that, I would like to see a set that contains ALL the colors made. The 72 set is missing several other colors that are available.
- Too many pencils are lower on the lightfast scale. I would like to see more 4 & 5 stars and no 1 star pencils. A total of 17 pencils in the set are less than satisfactory with lightfastness, of those 7 have only one star. Most of the poor lightfast quality pencils are in the pinks, violets and blues.