This week sees the launch of our new Gradient Sketching Pencils

The set of seven pencils use a light to dark colour palette to guide the user through the grades from 2H - 6B.

Available in three colourways; pink, blue and green, the palettes were selected from single Pantone swatch cards to create a smooth and subtle gradient.

Lead designer Tara's idea for the Gradient Sketching Pencils was conceived during a weekly life drawing class. "Having had to search through my traditional grey set each time I needed a 6B in place of a HB or 2H, it occurred to me there must be an easier way to differentiate the pencils. The constant scramble for the required pencil slowed down my sketching, interrupting the creative flow.”

Our pencils are manufactured in the UK by family business Chambers Pencils. The Chambers family have been part of the pencil industry for over 100 years. The still make and ship all their pencils from their Nottingham factory. We're very proud to work with such a prestigious company, read more about their fascinating history here. Below are a selection of images from an original Chambers brochure.

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Pencil examination.

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Extrusion of lead.

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Pencil sharpening.

Click here to order your set of Gradient Sketching Pencils and to find the rest of our desk and office collection.