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Derwent Coloursoft Pencils Review, 4mm Core, Metal Tin, 72 Count (0701029)

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, 4mm Core, Metal Tin, 72 Count (0701029) In Few Words (Mini Review)

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils are rich pigmented coloured pencils that blend easily, which allows you to create new colours quite easily. While the smaller sets of 12 or 24 colours offers you a quite a range of colours. I highly recommend you to get the 72 colours set if you are serious about your art. Is that set will allow you to get excellent results giving the variety of colors you will be able to product with it.


  • Very soft pencils, which allows you to blend colours to create new ones, or to lighten them.


  • The cores of Derwent Coloursoft pencils are thick, which may result in them not fitting in your pencils sharpener.


  • Velvety soft core is perfect for mixing and blending.
  • The perfect mix of a colored pencil and a pastel.
  • Rich colour hues.
  • The pencils barrels are sturdy, which makes it easier to grip them.
  • Lightfastness ranges from 2 to 8 (which specifies how the colours get affected by light).
  • Durable metal tin includes 72 pencils, each of a standard colour range.
  • Also available in 12, 24, 36, 72 colours packs.
  • Coloursoft pencils are acid-free and tested for lightfastness.
  • Color tab at the top of the pencil matches the color core for easy identification.
  • Pre-sharpened, so you can get to work right away.
  • Each pencil has a thick 4 mm core at the middle.
  • Used by Claudine O’Sullivan & Ivana Prokopovic (According to Derwent website).

These coloured pencils are most suitable for

  • Coloring & blending.
  • Drawings that don’t require much precision.


These coloured pencils are not suitable for

  • Precise drawing & outlining, if you want that, I recommend the hard ones (reviewed here).
Derwent Coloursoft pencils are designed mainly for colouring, they are pigmented so richly that they will kinda feel like pastel pencils. They are so soft that colours blend easily, which allows you to create many new colours other than the ones you have by painting a layer of colour over another. So even if you got the 12 colours pack, you will still be able to obtain a wide range of colors this way, let alone the 72 set, which I recommend that you get if you are serious about your art, and as long you can afford them of course. As they will allow you to get a wide range of colour values.
Derwent Coloursoft pencils are lightfast, which means they won’t be affected by light. The lightfastnes depends on the colour you use. Lightfastness of these colours range from 2 to 8 on the Blue Wool Scale, the lightfastness scale in the uk, where 8 is the highest in the scale (I tried to provide a chart for the lightfastness for all the colours available, but I couldn’t, so I apologise for that :( ).
The gritty nature of Derwent Coloursoft pencils means that they may not be the best coloured pencils to be used for detailed illustration or thing like that, which is why they are called colour soft. If you want something hard, then I recommend Derwent coloured pencils, which I reviewed here.
One thing I need to point out is that Derwent Coloursoft pencils are bigger than many other pencils, thanks to the 4.0 mm core, which mean you may need to get a new sharpener that will fit them. Like these sharpeners that Derwent itself makes.
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils
The cores of Derwent Coloursoft Pencils are 4.00. Which makes them not fit into regular pencils sharpeners.

Come in many kinds of containers.

Derwent Coloursoft pencils usually come in a tin box or a wooden box. The tin box is the affordable way to get them, unless there is a huge discount on the wooden box. Which sometimes happen on Amazon.
The tin box of Derwent Coloursoft pencils come in 12, 24, 36 & 72 colors respectively. The 72 pack has two trays, each tray contains 36 colours. The other tin boxes come only in one tray, which contains all the colours in the correspondent pack.
Kindly find the tin box pictures for all the 12,24,36 & 72 colours consequently:-
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The wooden box

Derwent Coloursoft pencils wooden box, which comes much more expensive than the tin box is a nice way to get the colours in, as the tin box is kind of flimsy compared to the wooden box. The wooden box is hinged, with colours lined up in each side of the box. There is a wooden stick that holds the pencils in their place and prevents them from falling while you open or close the box. It is a very nice way to carry your pencils around in case you don’t like Derwent tin boxes. The problem is, the wooden box is usually more expensive than the any of the tin boxes.
The wooden box is available in both 32 & 72 colours set.
So here is a tip:- A good way to save on money is to get the wooden box, then reuse it again & again every time you renew your Derwent coloursoft pencils. That way, you won’t have to pay the wooden box premium every time you buy yourself new colours. ;D

What colours will you get in each pack?

To get to know which colours you will get for each of the tin boxes. The following diagram illustrate the colors included in each of the packs. Not the 72 colours tin contains all the colours of the other packs.
Click on the picture to view it in full size.
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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the lightfastness values of each colour diagram. And it doesn’t include the colours included in the 32 colours wooden box. :(

And finally

Derwent Coloursoft pencils is an excellent way to to get fresh colors on your paper, which allows you to get more range of colours than you already have. Which is a useful way to get rich colours on your drawing. They are colours I totally recommend trying to anyone who is series about their art.

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I am an anime artist, and huge fan of digital art. I love drawing with pencils too. But I rarely do that anymore nowadays. Since some aspects of digital art can be tricky, I try my best to explain the concepts as easily as possible.

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