Watercolor pencils are not a medium that has caught on too much among serious artists. Perhaps that is because most of the pencils out there are not artist quality. The pigments are not clearly indicated and their lightfastness is questionable at the very least.
Derwent has a line of pencils that are lightfast and artist quality. They are called Signature. They come in Watercolor and regular pencils. I used those to make this little painting of oranges in a plate.
If you enjoy quality pencils or are an artist wanting to try out good quality watercolor pencils, I urge you to hurry and get some of these Signature pencils. Why hurry? No I am not doing a hard sell for Derwent. The fact is if you live in North America, you will notice that every art store has them on clearance or sale. Why? Because the distributor in North America has decided to discontinue providing them to us.
So get them while you can. I will be writing a full feature about the Derwent watercolor pencil line soon with a focus on these Signature watercolor pencils. Maybe if we all lobby hard, the distributors will relent.
For those of you living abroad and are thinking: "Oh well, North America is not us." Think again. If North America discontinues the line, there is very little chance that the line will thrive elsewhere and still be profitable for the company.
Stay tuned for the article coming soon.