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Part of a unique color-matching system that encompasses all Faber-Castell Art & Graphic Products, Polychromos Colored Pencils contain the highest-quality pigments for unsurpassed lightfastness.
The buttery smooth color laydown offered by Polychromos pencils can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights, and transitions. Their break-resistant, water-resistant, smudgeproof 3.8 mm leads are encased in premium California cedar with Secureall bonding to resist breakage while providing sharp, fine lines and permanent, rich color. Pencils are pre-sharpened.
Every pencil contains a lightfastness (light resistance) rating, as follows: ***very good (100+ years), **good, or *reasonable.
All sets, except where noted, are housed in sturdy metal tins. Please refer to the Item Specs tab of this page for complete set contents.
Wooden Box Pencil Set of 120
Polychromos pencil sets are a welcome addition to any colored pencil artist's studio. This heirloom-quality handmade wooden case is finished with a rich stain and features durable metal hinges and a metal handle for easy transport. An easy-open metal knob opens the case and locks it with a simple twist. Inside are two tiers of highly pigmented, brilliant Polychromos pencils for easy access to a total of 120 colors, and additional storage for accessories. The box measures 13¾"H × 22¾"W × 13¼"D (35 cm × 58 cm × 34 cm) when fully extended.
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Set of 12
Set of 24
Set of 36
Set of 60
Set of 120
(All sets of 120 contain the same colors.)
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This product is now my go to for my professional portraits
By AddVentureArt by Heather Wilcox
Comments about Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencil Sets:
I was recently using derwent and made the switch. I think that the pigment is richer with the polycromos and blends nicely with mineral spirits. I do find that the black is the only one out of this set that doesnt give me the richness as the derwent black. Otherwise the colors are true to the pencils mark.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Excellent colored pencils, would definitely recommend
By Amelia F
I am extremely happy with these - rich colors, very smooth, and best of all, the leads are sturdy and rarely break. I wanted to switch from my previous brand because the previous brand would always break upon sharpening, but the Polychromos colored pencils did not disappoint me. Indeed, they exceeded my expectations. Between this and the fact that many of the colors are lightfast, I would highly recommend these for any artist who loves colored pencils and is willing to make the investment. I bought the set of 24, and after taking some painting classes to practice color mixing, I find that this number is sufficient to get most colors just by mixing. But I did supplement my purchase with an individual Delft Blue pencil so I could get better purples and dark blues, and it complements the set quite well.
By Krystal Lynn
from Chesapeake, VA
I recently purchased the 120 set of Polychromos. These pencils lay down color easily and beautifully. I recommend these pencils to everyone from the hobbyist to the professional artist.
I love these pencils!
from Lakeside, CA
These pencils are smooth and creamy and layer very well.
from Kingman, AZ
My daughter and I love them! Excellent pigment in these, colors stay true. They blend very well also. My daughter now understands the quality difference in these compared to the brand she was using. These are well worth what you pay. Would definitely recommend these to anyone.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Love these pencils!
By Peg the artist
Was recommended these pencils by a friend. Haven't actually tried any others but I find these great. I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it.
These pencils are so Good
By Westray Art
from Sautee, GA
I like these pencils I would like to buy them individually. I am mixing them with the prisma colored pencils. They are like painting with butter, silky smooth.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
I really wanted these pencils beacause the color intensity is beautiful. I purchased the set of 36 which was still expensive even at the assume discount that Blick offers. However, I'm more satisfied with the blending I get from my Prisma color Premier pencils. I won't give them away, and I will practice with them, I think it is just a matter of getting use to the feel of the lead on the paper. My recommendation is this.....if you are a budding artist go with the smaller set and use the best first. Then try some other brands. But I highly recommend Prismacolor Premiers as a second choice.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Ms. Papier
from Pittsburgh Pa
This product was suggested by an art instructor. I previously used an alternative brand but find these to be much richer and easier to blend.
Polychromos colored pencils
from Redlands, CA
Very solid set of pencils. Lead is very smooth and almost all colors are lightfast. Leads hold a point well and sharpen easily. Leads are made with fantastic pigment and quality is in par with much pricier brands. Recommend this product to anyone. Open stock is also available so that you can replace the colors you use often. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Polychromos colored pencils are part of a unique color-matching system that
defines Faber-Castell Art and Graphic Products. Barrels are premium California cedar
wood and the 3.8 mm leads are break-resistant, water-resistant, smudgeproof, and
provide permanent rich color. The binder is oil-based, not waxy. Each pencil features
the highest quality pigments for unsurpassed resistance to fading. Color lays down smooth and is
easily blended for layered effects, highlights and transitions.
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