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Luxury gifts for Illustrators, pencil and pastel artists

Luxury gifts for Illustrators, pencil and pastel artists

Are you looking for that special gift for that special person in your life or even for yourself! Why not treat yourself or your loved ones this Christmas with quality gifts that will ensure a professional finish! 
We have a great selection of ‘luxury quality gifts’ for all of your creative endeavours.
Let us look at a few of our most popular brands and what they can offer you this Christmas. We have curated three or four luxury items from our best selling brands; Caran d’Ache, Sennelier and Derwent.
We hope you can find that perfect gift, Happy shopping!  

Caran d'Ache

Since it was founded in Geneva in 1915, Caran d'Ache history has been intertwined with creativity and emotion. Countless generations of budding artists, amateurs and professionals have shared and continue to share the company’s passion for its colours and the quality of its drawing and writing instruments.

A true icon of the 'Swiss Made' label, Caran d'Ache remains a family company, currently headed up by Carole Hubscher who represents the fourth generation of the family involved in the company's management at the highest level since the 1930s.

Their values  - Quality is in the detail

“More than just a label, the expression ‘Swiss Made’ is first and foremost a promise and a commitment. It is our promise to maintain the highest standards throughout our manufacturing processes. It is also our commitment to strive for excellence when designing, developing and manufacturing each of our drawing and writing instruments at our workshops in Geneva, Switzerland.”


Caran d'Ache Luminance Wooden Box with 76 Assorted Colours

This beautiful wooden gift box set contains 76 colours plus 2 full blenders and 2 Grafwood graphite pencils (HB and 5B). So it is 80 pencils in total.

The creaminess of a permanent lead combined with unbeatable light resistance : excellence for the most demanding artists, an ideal gift for professional artists, designers or architects etc.

Box Contents:

  • 80 Pencils - 76 Colours and 4 Repeats
  • 2 x Full Blenders and 2 x Grafwood Pencils
  • The Ultimate Lightfast Pencil Range
  • Beautifully Crafted Wooden Box 

Caran d'Ache 80 Supracolor Pencils in Wooden Box

Pencils that satisfy both amateur and professional artists, illustrators, graphic designers and creative people thanks to the soft pigment range in both dry and water-soluble pencils. A gift for all creative people.

Contents : 80 water-soluble coloured pencils

Applications : fine, hard, unbreakable lead for clean, accurate lines. 

Technical description : pencil : water-soluble, soft and resistant, 3.8 mm diameter lead, superior coverage, excellent light resistance. Hexagonal pencil, encased, colour number and name indicated, light-resistance graded, made from premium FSC certified cedar wood.

Techniques : hatching, shading, watercolour, wash drawings, unlimited blending, superimposed colour, mixed media combined withPABLO® permanent pencils,NEOCOLOR® pastels andgouache. Ideal for large-scale drawings with large areas of colour.

Caran d'Ache Wooden Box Of 120 Pablo Pencils

 A gift for all creative people.

A set of 120 coloured pencils contained in an attractive mahogany box. Caran D'Ache Pablo Artists' Pencils are superior colour pencils for artists with demanding needs. The 3.7mm soft water-resistant leads have excellent lightfastness and are very economical due to their covering power.

The hexagonal shafts are made by Caran d'Ache from the best cedar wood, end-sealed with the same colour as the lead, and marked with both colour name and code. This wooden box contains the full range of 120 pencils.


Sennelier is renowned for creating professional quality grade artists paints, pastels, inks and powdered pigments. Sennelier was founded by Gustave Sennelier, a devoted chemist back in 1887. His legacy for quality and producing colours that only contain the highest quality pigments is still upheld today. Artists then and now regard the Sennelier palette as the ultimate standard of quality. 

Sennelier has been in operation for 135 years and has created artists' materials for famous artists such as Sisley, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, to name but a few!

The traditions with the innovations

"Sennelier has become the 'reference' brand that it is today for artists because it has always been able to combine the traditions of the old masters with the innovations provided by modern chemistry."



It took over three years, around the end of the 19th Century, to formulate the Sennelier range of Extra Soft Pastels and thus to create one of the worlds largest chromatic pastel ranges. This range has evolved over the years, but the heart of its design remains unchanged.

 A Sennelier extra soft pastel is a high quality pure pigment finely ground with a natural binder. The high quality composition is the result of the perfect balance between binder and pigment. The manufacturing process does not involve any compression and the pastels are dried naturally in the open air.

Sennelier Soft Pastel Selections - Landscape set of 100

A selection of 100 landscape colours contained in an attractive wooden box.



Sennelier Soft Pastels The Royal Selection Wooden Box Set

This Luxury Sennelier Royal Pastel Selection Wooden Box set of 250 assorted pastels contained in an attractive two tier beautifully varnished wooden box. 

Sennelier Extra Soft Pastels are one of the world's largest chromatic pastel ranges. They consist of high quality pure pigment, that is finely grounded with a natural binder. This luxury wooden box set is a wonderful art gift for professional pastel artist.


Sennelier Wooden Box Oil Stick/ Bar 38ml - Set of 36 

This set contains an extensive range of 36 x 38ml sticks, beautifully presented in a wooden box. Sennelier extra fine oil sticks are fully compatible with conventional oil colours. They offer artists an exciting and direct drawing and painting medium with the finish and appearance of traditional oil paint. This set contains an extensive range of 36 x 38ml sticks, beautifully presented in a wooden box.



For generations, artists have chosen and trusted the Derwent® brand for art materials around the world. With a proud heritage dating back to 1832, Derwent’s innovation comes from a deep understanding of artists. Derwent appreciates that their needs and aspirations may change over their artistic life, and with this in mind has produced a range of art materials that span from the first colouring pencil to the highest professional quality products ­– the majority of which are made in their British manufacturing plant in the Lake District, Cumbria, UK.

“Quality, craftsmanship and innovation are key cornerstones of the Derwent brand. This is achieved by setting stringent quality control in the production of all products across a wide array of art categories. Perfecting the art of pencil manufacturing in the Lake District over generations, Derwent’s wide range of pencils is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship. Artistry is threaded through the core of every Derwent product, delivering world-class artists’ materials at every stage of the creative journey.”



Derwent Pastel Pencil Wooden Box Set of 72 

This high quality wooden box made of beautiful maple wood contains the full range of 72 Derwent Pastel Pencils. Derwent Pastel pencils provide soft, powdery texture and velvety smooth finish of a top quality traditional pastel. But unlike conventional pastels, they are presented in a smooth round wood case for maximum control and ease of use. The pencils are ideal for mixing and blending. 

Use on a  slightly textured pastel paper surface to get the most out of these pencils and  blending brushes and  paper stumps  for easy and precise blending.


Derwent Coloursoft Wooden Box Set of 72 Pencils

Smooth, vibrant colour pencils. The full range of 72 Coloursoft pencils contained in a beautifully finished wooden box with lift out tray which conveniently fits into the lid. Derwent Coloursoft are highly versatile colour pencils with a soft, velvety strip for the quick, dense application of bold vibrant colour, plus they can easily be sharpened to a fine point for detailed work. Capable of being mixed and blended to create an infinite spectrum of rich, dazzling colour. 

Derwent Coloursoft can be used for a wide variety of work from finely detailed illustrations to bold, contemporary still life and portraiture.

The rich soft colours blend well with  blending pencils  and  zest-it pencil blend.


Derwent Procolour Wooden Box of 72

Derwent Procolour Pencils are the perfect combination of a strong point and a smooth laydown. The texture has the covering power of a wax based pencil but glides like an oil based pencil.  With exceptionally high lightfastness throughout the range these pencils keep a sharp point for more detailed work.
These sets come packed securely within a beautiful maple wood box.

  • Strong and smooth richly coloured core
  • Clean, smudge-free finish
  • A texture that is wax but glides like oil
  • Maintains a sharp point for detailed drawing
  • Highly pigmented, with a smooth colour application
  • Available in 72 colours
  • Blends with blending fluid.
  • Applies well over slightly textured surfaces such as cartridge or pastel paper.



 Derwent Lightfast Wooden Box - Set of 100

Derwent Lightfast pencils have been formulated to be 100% lightfast.  The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions.
All colours are professional quality and comply with international lightfast testing standard.

  • 100% Lightfast, all colours are professional quality and comply with ASTM 6901 and Blue Wool Scale ISO 105
  • Revolutionary Oil-Based core which creates rich vibrant colour
  • Colours can be mixed on the page to create a paint-like effect
  • Strong point for detailed drawing and layering techniques
  • A rich colour selection, with quick and opaque colour lay down
  • A selection of 100 Derwent Lightfast Pencils in a beautiful and functional wooden box
  • This set also includes an exclusive Lightfast Collection Book


Derwent Watercolour Wood Box Set of 72 Pencils 

Derwent Watercolour Wood Box Set of 72 Pencils

The control of a pencil and the beauty of watercolour. Mix with water to create interesting colour flows and stunning watercolour effects. This set contains the complete range of 72 Watercolour Pencils presented in a beautiful wooden box.

Derwent Watercolour pencils can be applied dry onto dry paper and then wetted with a brush to create an effect close to conventional watercolours.

Alternatively dry pencils can be applied to wet paper or colour can be lifted directly from the pencil with a fine wetted brush. Derwent Watercolour pencils are ideal for mixed media work.

We suggest using a watercolour sketchbook alongside refillable waterbrushes for instant and convenient access to bright and subtle watercolour washes when inspiration strikes or you're out and about.

Derwent Inktense Pencils Wooden Box of 72

Derwent Inktense Pencils Wooden Box of 72

The full range of 72 Inktense pencils contained in a beautifully finished wooden box with lift out tray which conveniently fits into the lid. 

Derwent Inktense combines the brilliant intensity of ink with the versatility of watercolour pencil. Apply pure vibrant dry colour with the pencil and then water with a brush to activate the pigment into bright translucent, ink. Once dry, the colour is permanent and can be worked over with other media. The possibilities are endless, the results stunning.

Product Information

  • Delivers ink-like staining effects with its vivid, yet translucent washes
  • Dries permanently, allowing you to layer up without affecting previous applications
  • Once dry, can be embellished with wet or dry media
  • Highly versatile; can be used on paper and fabric for a wide range of fine art and craft projects. Will stay in place on fabrics when hand washed in cool water (below 30 degrees) with no harsh detergents
  • Round 8mm barrel; wide 4mm core
  • Set contains 72 Inktense pencils in a wooden box

Use along side smooth watercolour paper for exuberant crisp washes and a Water Brush Pen for additional versatility on the go.


Hopefully you will find something perfect for that special Christmas gift, however if you need more ideas, head over to our website for lots of creative inspiration, we have so much more in the way of great gift ideas! … Still stuck then why not buy a gift voucher? 


Winsor & Newton

William and Henry’s commitment to quality and innovation are part of a rich heritage which informs Winsor & Newton to this day. Perfect gifting ideas for the professional artist in your life.

'We’re dedicated to the craft of the fine artist and to providing them with new ways to explore their creativity. We embrace new ideas, we seek out the latest technologies and materials – we devote our time to creating the world’s finest art materials, which are used by some of the world’s finest artists.'

W&N Promarker Extended Set of 96 - FREE Isomars A1 Art Storage Bag

ProMarker is the perfect introduction to colouring with alcohol based markers. This fantastic set is a perfect gift for any professional or amateur graphic artist.

Promarker offers alcohol-based streak-free coverage so you can achieve flawless, print-like results. Promarker is twin-tipped: a broad chisel and fine bullet nib, that allow you the freedom to flip easily between shading larger areas and precision detailing.

96 essential colours from Winsor & Newton’s Promarker range, making it the biggest Promarker set currently available.

Product Information

  • Multiple shades of the main primary and secondary colours, three full families of grey, extensive selection of portrait and landscape colours, two black markers and two blenders.
  • With its extensive and balanced colour range, this set is ideal for beginners and experienced marker pen users alike, for use at home, college or in the studio.
  • Beautiful sturdy storage box decorated by professional marker illustrator Vedran Misic.
  • For best results use withWinsor & Newton Bleedproof Marker pads andpermanent fine liner pens.


Winsor & Newton Promarker 48 Essential Collection

ProMarker is the perfect introduction to colouring with alcohol based markers. This fantastic set is a perfect gift for any professional or amateur graphic artist.

Promarker offers alcohol-based streak-free coverage so you can achieve flawless, print-like results. Promarker is twin-tipped: a broad chisel and fine bullet nib, that allow you the freedom to flip easily between shading larger areas and precision detailing.

Loved by graphic designers, illustrators and artists around the world.

Set Contents:
Ivory, Pastel Beige, Blush, Saffron, Dusky Pink, Tan, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Raw Sienna, Cocoa, Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow, Sunflower, Gold, Mandarin, Red, Poppy, Crimson, Maroon, Rose Pink, Magenta, Orchid, Purple, Cool Aqua, Powder Blue, Sky Blue, Cyan, French Navy, Turquoise, Midnight Blue, Meadow Green, Apple, Lime Green, Bright Green, Forest Green, Pine, Olive Green, Warm Grey 3, Warm Grey 5, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 3, Ice Grey 5, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 5, Black, Blender pen.


    Ellie Jakeman
    Ellie Jakeman

    I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. After completing an Art and Design Degree and Post graduate studies I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design , Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.

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