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Derwent Procolour FAQs

Derwent Procolour FAQs

The smooth pencil with exceptional fine detail, intense bright colour. Interested in trying out our Procolour pencil range but you have some questions?

Read our FAQs below to find out more information on these amazing pencils.

  • What are Procolour pencils like to use?
  • Is Procolour oil or wax-based?
  • What size is the pencil core?
  • How many colours are in the Procolour range?
  • Who created the artwork on the tins of Derwent Procolour?
  • Are Derwent Procolour Pencils Lightfast?
  • Can I use Derwent Procolour with my other Derwent pencils?
  • What techniques can I use my Procolour pencils for?
  • Can I digitally reproduce my artwork?
  • Can I blend Procolour pencils?
  • Are Derwent Procolour pencils gluten free?
  • Are Derwent Procolour pencils vegan?
  • Are Procolour Pencils safe to use?
  • What sharpener should I use with Derwent Procolour pencils?
What are Procolour pencils like to use? Chevron Icon

Derwent Procolour pencils are strong, smooth, clean, colour pencils, with highly pigmented colour laydown. There is no dusting, chipping or smudging of the product and you can achieve excellent gradation from very light to strong.

Is Procolour oil or wax-based? Chevron Icon

Derwent Procolour is a wax-based product but when used it has a covering like oil. 

What size is the pencil core? Chevron Icon

The Procolour pencil core is 4mm.

How many colours are in the Procolour range? Chevron Icon

We have a range of 72 carefully selected shades in rich and vibrant colours.

Who created the artwork on the tins of Derwent Procolour? Chevron Icon

The artwork was created by Alexis Marcou, who also worked on our Derwent Graphic range.

Are Derwent Procolour Pencils Lightfast? Chevron Icon

72% of the Procolour colours will remain the same for up to 100 years under museum conditions

Can I use Derwent Procolour with my other Derwent pencils? Chevron Icon

Yes, Derwent’s Procolour range has been formulated to be compatible with other Derwent pencil ranges.

What techniques can I use my Procolour pencils for? Chevron Icon
Our Procolour pencils are suitable for a wide range of pencil techniques. As the product has a strong point it can be used for finer detail work but also easily lay down large areas of colours. Cross-hatching is also possible due to the sharp, strong point.
The pencils are also suitable for layering and after 12 layers you get excellent coverage and a smooth finish.
Can I digitally reproduce my artwork? Chevron Icon
Procolour is ideal for its digital reproduction quality. We struggle to tell which is the real artwork and which is the print!
Can I blend Procolour pencils? Chevron Icon

Our Procolour pencils are blendable and blend beautifully with a range of mediums and artists accessories, including blending pens and paper stumps .

Are Derwent Procolour pencils gluten free? Chevron Icon

All our pencils are gluten free and free from wheat allergens and dextrin.

Are Derwent Procolour pencils vegan? Chevron Icon

Our Procolour range contain no animal derived materials/ingredients but we cannot guarantee that the raw materials were not tested on animals.

Are Procolour Pencils safe to use? Chevron Icon

All our pencils are made with ingredients that are safe to use and comply with ASTMd-4236 standards.

What sharpener should I use with Derwent Procolour pencils? Chevron Icon

As Procolour has an extra coat of exterior lacquer, it works well with our Super Point range. For more information on sharpening, view our sharpening guide.

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