Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pencil Review :)

Mustang For Sale
(from stock photo)

I was reading the Derwent blog last week and they were having a contest to win their new eco graphic pencils, so I entered not thinking I would win, as lots of people were entering.  Very surprised to see my name on the blog saying I had won a set :)

When reviewing something, I am not one to just focus on only the good, just because it was free. But I really like these pencils. The range of hardness to soft is what you need to finish a drawing, (2H,HB,B,2B,6B). I didn't have any problems with any of the lead not being centred, or having any hard grit in the lead that you can sometimes get with pencils.The pencil laid down smoothly and was easy to erase when needed.

They came sharpened, but I sharpened them to a point, as I like drawing with a really sharp pencil. No problems sharpening them with my hand turned sharpener.

They came in nice packaging (and they mailed them to me in bubble wrap, and they got here pretty quickly, thanks). The paper used for the packaging says its 100% recycled paper.

The hexagonal barrel is easy to hold, and the ends of the pencil are rounded, so you are not going to hurt your palm on the end if you accidentally jab yourself with that end, (it happens, trust me :p). If you jab yourself with the pointy end, well yeah, that is going to hurt. But I've graphite in my hand from grade 3 and haven't dropped dead yet :p

I would buy these in the future when I need more pencils, as long as they are not too much more money then Derwents other graphite pencils :)


sue said...

Well done you!!

Its always great to have meaningful reviews of materials from fellow artists ... I'll put these on the 'wish list' then :o)

Ann said...

Great review and drawing! Congrats on your big win :-)

2paw said...

Congratulations!! I have stabbed myself with both ends of pencils and a curved non-pointy end is a very good idea!!

Vic said...

Congrats on your win...they look nice and well packaged so hope you have fun creating with them.

kaslkaos said...

Congrats! & lovely horse drawing.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Congrats!! I am not surprised that you won. You are so talented.