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Lightfast Pencils

100% lightfast - won't fade for up to 100 years. Oil based for exceptional layering and colour mixing
Now with 100 colours available! Derwent's Lightfast pencils are our first oil-based coloured pencil; formulated to be 100% lightfast (according to the ASTM 6901 standard, rating LFI or II), so the colours won't fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions. The smooth oil base of the core creates a rich vibrancy and can be mixed on the page to create paint-like effects.  Image credit: Jesse Lane.

Artist recommended

Here our award-winning US artist Jesse Lane's thoughts on our Lightfast range. He designed the awe-inspiring eye on our Lightfast packaging!

"These lightfast pencils are Derwent's first oil-based pencils. The firmness of the lead is a good balance between soft and hard. It can make a fine point without breaking immediately, while still maintaining a bit of the smoothness of a creamy, soft pencil...What I love about the Lightfast colour selection: there are colours that are almost, but not quite, black. I find this super helpful when creating subjects fading in and out of shadow." Jesse Lane

View the Lightfast colour chart here.

All 100 colours in the Lightfast range are vegan friendlyView our vegan friendly product list.

Lightfast Paper

Lightfast Paper

Exceptional archival paper maximises performance of Derwent 100% Lightfast pencils. Hot press paper for a smooth surface. Naturally acid free.

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Loving our Lightfast range?

Loving our Lightfast range?

Maybe try our Drawing range - 100% lightfast, wax-based coloured pencils. Unique velvety finish and natural colour range - ideal for nature drawings.

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Lightfast FAQs

Lightfast FAQs

Interested in trying out our Lightfast pencil range but you have some questions? Visit our FAQs page to find out more information on this amazing range of pencils.

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Derwent Lightfast Video

Derwent Lightfast Video

Derwent's first oil-based, 100% lightfast coloured pencil now comes in 100 colours. Watch Brand Ambassador Jake Spicer as he reviews our full Lightfast range.

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