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All these charts were prepared on the same paper ( Fabriano Accademia 200gm )

Scanned on the same scanner ( Hewlett Packard G4010 )

and adjusted to the same settings.

Any variation in colour between one shown on the chart and one done by yourself with the same brand and colour, will show an identical variation through all the charts.

If you have a problem printing, and getting an accurate colour image

Email me at

And I will see if there is a possible cure

Version 1

Single sheet charts

Faber Castell Polychromos

Chart 1 - Chart 2 - Chart 3

Caran d’Ache Pablo

Chart 1 - Chart 2 - Chart 3

Derwent Coloursoft

Chart 1 - Chart 2

Derwent Artists

Chart 1 - Chart 2 - Chart 3

Karisma / Prismacolor

Chart 1 - Chart 2 - Chart 3

Prismacolor lightfast

Chart 1

This chart initially added June 2011

 I Need to re scan to get colour to match the

other charts for accuracy

Caran d’Ache Luminance

Chart 1 - Chart 2

Lyra Polycolor

Chart 1 - Chart 2

Bruynzeel Design

Version 2

A set of charts on one A4 sheet

Faber Castell Polychromos set

Caran d’Ache Pablo set

Derwent Coloursoft set

Derwent Artists set

Karisma / Prismacolor set

Caran d’Ache Luminance set

Lyra Polycolor set

Charts have not been prepared for the following brands

Daler Rowney Aquarelles,

Derwent Tinted Charcoal

Caran d’Ache Supracolor aquarelles  **


Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer aquarelles **

** NOTE :

Faber-Castell and Caran’d’Ache aquarelles have the same colour range as the dry point colour pencils in each brand.      Differences will only occur between dry pencil and aquarelles that have been wet.

It was intended to include the charts for these two major brands, but to date ( December 2014 ) there has been no request from readers of the site for me to do so.  It is over four years since the data was posted, so I assume that the current range of charts meets reader’s needs.

If I do further Aquarelle charts, It is my intention to show any difference between dry colour and wet colour for all aquarelles.

Derwent Studio and Artists pencils share a colour range although the Studio pencils have fewer in the full set.

Brands not included here or not currently planned, have not had full sets of pencils reviewed by the site up to the current date.


This page has one of the highest readership counts for pages on this site,

with over 5000 readers a month  .

If your product is NOT shown here with a comparative chart, and you would like one to be included,

Please get in touch with me.

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For your own use


AQUARELLE ( Watercolour -  Soluble ) PENCILS

Derwent Watercolour ( 2010 )

Chart 1 - Chart 2

Derwent Inktense

Chart 1 -  Chart 2

Derwent Graphitint

Cretacolor Aqua Monolith

Chart 1 - Chart 2

Staedtler karat Aquarelles

Chart 1 - Chart 2

Derwent Watercolour (2010) set

Derwent Inktense set

Cretacolor Aqua Monolith set

Staedtler karat Aquarelles set

If you have a selection of boxes of pencils to choose from,

how do you know which colour in which box is just a bit lighter

or darker than the one you are using ?

If you are following a tutorial and the tutor is using Prismacolor,

and you have Polychromos or Pablo, how do you know which colour to use ?

We don’t have the perfect answer, but we can give you a clue.

The Charts published below (in 2010) have been prepared from the actual pencils

and worked on a standard chart format on the same paper.

They have then been scanned on the same scanner settings

and colour balanced in an identical way.

They may not print on your printer and paper exactly as they are on the master copies,

but any variation will be similar across all the charts, so picking colours that are either similar, or greener, bluer, redder etc than the one you are working with, will be easier.

If you are planning to buy a new box of pencils, then the colour range may be important.

These charts will show you which brands have the most reds, browns, greens etc.

Watercolour pencils shown ( Aquarelles) also show the dry colour after wetting,

This shows any increase in colour intensity and any change in tint.

Simply print off the PDF file of the chart you are wanting,

cut along the edge of the colour blocks on each side,

and compare the samples.

Two sizes of charts are available, the A4 single sheet chart is the easiest to use as the colour sample is larger.  This chart is the same size as the master copy.

The charts described as ‘sets’ are combined so that a set of charts appears on a single sheet.

The colour samples are smaller and these are really more suitable for assessing the colour ranges in the brands than selecting an individual colour

Colour Comparison Charts  2010 versions

Links to PDF Files to download


Some printing tips are shown below to help you get the best match.

 - and BE AWARE

when downloading PDF Files

Some are large files and take some time to download,

your screen may appear to freeze

or your Computer may indicate that the download is not responding.  

You may need to allow more time than you think.


To help you get the best colour match with the charts

I have the advantage of the original charts

to check the way the copies print on my printer.

( An HP Officejet Pro 8000 machine )

The colour comes off exactly right when printed on to an inexpensive

matt ‘colour inkjet’ paper

- in my case ‘the best at the lowest price’ has been found to be a pack of 100gm matt coated paper

From the Aldi Supermarket chain costing less than 2p a sheet.

There can be a difference in the darkness of the colour depending on the paper you choose

and the paper ‘quality and print’ settings when setting the printer going.

In my case I set the paper as ‘Presentation Quality’

If I were to print on ‘normal’ setting, the colour will come out darker.

It also comes out darker using ordinary copy paper and ‘normal’ settings

Gloss Photo paper can produce a colour cast depending on the paper so I tend to avoid glossy paper

It is trial and error, I am afraid.

I suggest you do a sample colour block with a known pencil colour on cartridge paper

and match the colour to the appropriate chart you have printed out.  

The best match setting for your sample should be a close match for the others.

Latest revision September 2016




Different brands have quite different colour ranges


Over the last six years

There have been several books published in the USA that have included

Charts of the different pencil brands

This makes it much easier to compare one colour in one brand with another from a competitor’s range.

 I know that readers still refer to these old charts in Pencil Topics

which are featured at the bottom of this page

So this section of the site is retained and the ‘Topics’ charts remain  

The old Pencil Topics Charts are NOT perfect

- they are incomplete as far as the modern colour range of Prismacolor is concerned,

as these charts were prepared several years ago

with the UK manufactured equivalent of Prismacolor - Karisma pencils.

They also don’t show the effect of the colour on different papers



For an up to date and comprehensive set of charts

Karen Hull has prepared an excellent set which are downloadable

for a modest cost

These are fully up to date as at September 2016

Click  HERE  for more information

These charts

Show the nearest equivalent colour

In a cross section of brands

and also give

the relative lightfastness ratings.

The second set of charts

show the result of working each colour

on different types of paper.

which, as you can see,

can have as much impact on a colour

as using a different brand.

The complete set of 55 pages

Is available as a download in PDF format

Contact Karen Hull Art


If you  want to know more about the old Topics charts

See below

September 2016