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"Irojiten" is the Japanese expression for "color encyclopedia." Available in 90 colors, these beautifully crafted pencils are grouped by subtle color ranges into nine different "editions" and then published in unique paper color editions containing 30 pencils each. The three editions per set include Pale, Vivid, and Deep tones.
The editions have an outstanding look and feel and give the impression of being a high-end “color encyclopedia.” The exquisite enamel finish of the pencils, the packaging, and the high quality of the product have made Irojiten an all-time classic in Japan. These sets are perfect for the artist as well as the collector.
Irojiten Color Pencil Set of 30, Rainforest
Volume 1, Pale Tones include: Orchard Pink, Coral Pink, Shell Pink, Narcissus, Lettuce Green, Ice Green, Aqua, Forget Me Not Blue, Lilac, and Pigeon Gray.
Volume 2, Vivid Tones include: Cherry Red, Tangerine Orange, Dandelion, Chartreuse Green, Parrot Green, Peacock Blue, King Fisher, Lapis Lazuli, Iris Violet, and Ivory Black.
Volume 3, Deep Tones include: Crimson, Chestnut Brown, Autumn Leaf, Maple Sugar, Olive Yellow, Elm Green, Forest Green, Midnight Blue, Mulberry, and Taupe.
Irojiten Color Pencil Set of 30, Seascape
Volume 7, Fluorescence include: Plastic Pink, Surprise Red, Equatorial Orange, Sunset Orange, Dazzling Sun, Firefly Yellow, Lightning Yellow, Neon Green, Flash Green, and Vigorous Green.
Volume 8, Very Pale Tones include: Cameo Pink, Almond Blossom, Ecru, Eggshell, Asparagus, Opal Green, Cascade, Horizon Blue, Lupine, and Verbena.
Volume 9, Dull Tones include: Cedar Wood, Cinnamon, Oil Yellow, Sage Green, Verdigris, Hummingbird, Jay Blue, Hydrangea Blue, Heather, and Tyrian Purple.
Irojiten Color Pencil Set of 30, Woodlands
Volume 4, Pale Tones include: Rose Pink, Apricot, Gamboge, Straw Yellow, Spring Green, Mint Green, Turquoise, Celeste Blue, Hyacinth Blue, and Crocus.
Volume 5, Deep Tones includes: Plum, Maroon, Terra Cotta, Bamboo, Mustard, Moss Green, Cactus Green, Spruce, Teal Blue, and Indigo.
Volume 6, Light Grayish Tones include: Fawn, Cork, Sallow, Wax Yellow, Willow, Mist Green, Quartz Green, Porcelain Blue, Campanula Blue, and Sea Fog.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Irotjen Colored Pencils
from De Pere, WI
Comments about Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils:
I like the these pencils. They go on smoothly and the colors are an addition to my pencil colloction. They blend nicely. The pencil boxes are unique and very handy. Blick's service was quick and well packaged.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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These are really nice hard pencils
from Verona, NJ
These are really good hard-core pencils. A lot of art pencils have soft oil based cores or if they are hard they're sort of chalky or too waxy. These give a nice solid color but can be sharpened to a fine point.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Must get more of them
While a harder core that makes precise lines, they still blend well. Keeps a sharper line. Lovely colors. Using them with other softer pencils.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely to work with
from Spanish Fork UT
These pencils have true color, a smooth texture, and are a joy to use. Seriously, I thought I'd never find anything I like as well as Prisma, but I like these better.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Love them! Creamy great colors and very elegant look.
I did not expect to like them more that other pencils for the lack of reviews, but compared with Caran d'Ache, or Faber-Castell they are right there with them. They are a great set to have for coloring or drawing, they feel well made and color really easy. They do not scratch the paper and do not hurt the fingers trying to color and the colors are just beautiful.
(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
A little disappointed with colors that I ordered
from Seattle, WA
I only ordered 7 pencils (maple sugar, hydrangea blue, tangerine orange, verdigris, sage green, lupine, and cascade) so I can't speak for all the colors. I felt that the colors were dull with a grey undertone. I wouldn't purchase these pencils again. It would be helpful if Blick had color swatches that were actual pencil on paper to see the true color. I felt that in this case the colors that I saw on the site were very different from the pencil colors. These may grow on me, but my initial thought was that they're not worth the extra cost compared to other colored pencils.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Hard but still vibrant
I use these Irojiten colored pencils on Strathmore vellum paper or board. The process I use to do my artwork (starting establishing the soft base tone) is compatible with these colored pencils. They are hard but still vibrant, the colors are very interesting, I love all of them. They are wax based, but they aren't as creamy as Luminance or Prismacolors. You can really achieve great results if you know what you're doing!
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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
The most beautiful packaging
I am a hand renderer for over 30 years and have used most brands of pencil crayons. The packaging and colour range on the Tombow are beautiful and a welcome addition to my collection of colours. These pencils are white with colour coding so they stand out in my collection, and I almost don't want to take them out of their boxes, they are so nicely presented.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
from Nowhere, NM
I bought just Rainforest set, but after trying them ordered the other two sets. First of all, the quality of these pencils is remarkable. They are wax based, but harder than Prismas, and maybe just a little harder than Polychromos. Because of that medium hardness, Irojiten is good for both applying color to large areas (color lays down very smoothly), and detailing. I think they are perfect for botanical drawing, or for drawing animals (fur and feathers).The colors blend very well.If you want more or less balanced color set with primary brights, pastel soft, and darker colors start with Rainforest set. If you can afford all three - go for it. The colors are really beautiful, and many a unique (some darker muted colors, and some light ones), but there aren't many brights. The color selection is ideal for those who does landcapes. Love Irojiten!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely Colors, But Too Expensive Now!
While the quality of these pencils isn't quite as great as the Prismacolor ones (which is hard to achieve), they're very nice. The main thing I love about them is the colors, and the color names. So beautifully evocative. And it seems that most of them are lighter, paler, softer shades, and that's why I most wanted these, to augment my Prismacolor collection. I have all three of the 30-pencil sets, and returned to purchase them all as a gift, but was shocked and so disappointed to see that the price has been raised to quite a drastic degree, so unfortunately, I will not be purchasing them now unless there's a major sale to the point where I can get a HUGE discount on them. Such a shame. But I do absolutely recommend these pencils, mainly because of their soft, beautiful colors and because, while not the best out there, they are absolutely of very decent quality and highly enjoyable to use.
Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils are beautifully crafted inside and out. These richly colored, wax-based, pencils allow artists to achieve smooth blending and layers of color without waxy build-up.
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