Preferred Colored Pencils for Botanical Art

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: Draw Botanical and Faber-Castell

The Draw Botanical team selects all of its drawing materials based on their excellent quality, low price, and effectiveness of use. One of the most important supplies for our technique is the PENCILS! We have spent many years drawing with colored pencils, and Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are our favorites. Not only do they have all the qualities we love in a pencil (see below), but they also come from an excellent company that we know and trust.

From Wendy: “I have been working with Faber-Castell since 2007 when I contacted them to let them know how much I loved their pencils and that I recommend them in my instructional books. Since then, we have collaborated on many projects over the years. They have purchased rights to use several of my works on their products and campaigns. Whenever I ask for donations, they are always very generous. Most importantly, I love their products and the people I work with there.”

Faber-Castell’s global production is climate-neutral! Learn more about where their wood comes from.

Watch Faber-Castell’s demonstration on drawing botanicals with Polychromos colored pencils.

When Wendy began her journey as a botanical artist, she was very particular about what she needed and spent a lot of time finding exactly which supplies worked best for her technique. So, that meant that she custom-ordered her supplies from many different sources.

Over time, as Wendy began teaching, her students found it difficult to source her exact recommended colors and supplies. As a solution, Wendy began assembling art kits for her students–beginners to masters. This meant that she established contacts and relationships and could vend her favorite products right from her art studio, directly from their manufacturers.

Draw Botanical only sells art supplies that we believe in and have practiced with. If it doesn’t work for Wendy, she won’t sell it, so you can shop with the confidence that you will find the best tools for realistic botanical illustration.

Purchase Pencils


  • Polychromos Colored Pencils 
    • They hold a really sharp point for fine detail.
    • The pigments are oil-based, so there is no waxy buildup.
    • The sharpened tips don’t break easily.
    • Good lightfast ratings
    • Beautiful color choices that match colors in nature–especially the greens!
    • The Polychromos color names and numbers are consistent with the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, so it’s easy to match and learn your color mixing.
    • They contain the highest quality pigments for unsurpassed lightfastness, which is rated on each pencil. They have a buttery smooth color laydown and can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights and transitions. Thick 3.8mm leads are break and water-resistant, smudgeproof and provide permanent, rich color. Provides sharp fine lines and excellent point retention.
  • Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
    • Easy to match colors with Polychromos
    • Good lightfast ratings
    • Beautiful color choices that match colors in nature–especially the greens!
    • Convenient, no-mess, and easy to use. (Watch this video to learn how Wendy uses her watercolor pencils on Dura-Lar
    • Comparable to other types of watercolor.
    • They contain the highest quality pigments of unsurpassed lightfastness and brilliance, which is rated on each pencil. Thick 3.8mm break-resistant and fully water-soluble leads, can be easily blended when wet and become permanent when dry for rich watercolor effects.

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