Are These Artist-Quality Pencils the Answer to Your Colored Pencil Prayers?

Find out whether a set of Blick Studio Artists’ Colored pencils are the tool you’ve been dreaming of.

By Jasmine Lim

If you’re looking to upgrade your colored pencils but feel overwhelmed by the options, we’re here to save you a little stress with this review of one great option: Blick Studio Artists’ Colored Pencils. (Note: You can also find these colored pencils under the Utrecht brand name. They’re available at both Blick Art Materials and Utrecht Art Supplies in stores and online.)

Blick Studio Artists' Colored Pencils
Credit: www.dickblick.com

To help you figure out whether to add these babies to your wish list, we’ve put together a full run down of the pros and cons. From the price, to pigment richness, to blend-ability—read on to see what these colored pencils are all about.

The Review

Blick Colored Pencil Blending SampleFirst and foremost, the ability to blend colors together is an absolute must for coloring. We found that these pencils make it super easy to put down thin layers of pigment, which gives the artist control of how many layers they want to work with—and makes blending a whole lot easier! The lead in these wax-based colored pencils is fairly soft, but the tips are pretty durable (so you don’t have to worry about pesky breakage when adding pressure!). We found that each color we tested was vibrant in color and easy to apply to our pages quite smoothly. Plus, the 72-pencil set we tested included a wide variety of hues to choose from.

Like other higher end pencil brands, Blick and Utrecht do sell these pencils individually, which makes it super easy to replace colors you’ve used up or add new colors to your collection one-by-one. Unfortunately, Amazon and other popular retailers don’t carry these two brands, but fear not! Both the sets and individual pencils and sets are readily available on the Blick’s and Utrecht’s websites. (Plus, they have dozens of stores across the country if you don’t want to purchase them online.)

Blick Colored Pencil Swatches

Now, Blick compares these pencils to the uber popular Prismacolor Premier line—both are high-quality artist-grade pencils that perform well for their price points. While we haven’t had the chance to test them side-by-side (yet!), some reviewers have said the Blick pencils don’t feel as “creamy” on the page. And comparably, Blick’s offering is decently affordable when looking at other artist-grade brands: While a 12-pencil set of Blick Studio Artists’ Colored Pencils will only cost you about $7.75, a similar set of Prismacolor Premier’s will run you $10.36 and a 12-piece set of Faber-Castell Polychromos tops the list at $16.13.

Pros:

  • Smooth color application
  • Vibrant pigments
  • Blend easily thanks to soft, wax-based lead
  • Wide range of colors
  • Color name printed on both sides of pencil for easy identification
  • Durable
  • Sharpen easily
  • Pencils sold individually 
  • More affordable than direct competitors

Cons:

  • Higher price point compared to student-grade colored pencils ($7.75-$91.96, depending on size of the set)
  • Not as “creamy” as direct competitors 

So What’s the Verdict?

If you’re looking to start coloring and want a step up from scholar-grade colored pencils, Blick Studio Artists’ Colored Pencils are a great option whether you’re a seasoned artist or new to the medium.

Now, go forth and color! And don’t stress too much over finding the perfect brand—after all, it’s all about enjoying the process of coloring no matter what variety you choose.


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