Faber-Castell


About the company


Faber-Castell is a German company, that was established in 1761. They have been exporting pencils to the US since 1843, and make children's products in the US.


Quality

Faber-Castell pencils have a reputation for excellent quality, and are considered by most colored pencil artists to be one of the very best brands. They have coated cores in their pencils that helps prevent breakage. Their color matching system is excellent, since their traditional colored pencils (Polychromos) matches the colors in their water-soluble colored pencils (Albrecht Durer). Their colors also match their pastel pencils and their pastel sticks.


The fact that both of their main artist color pencil lines match in colors means that you have a powerful tool to use in combination. For example, you can use the dry pencils for fine, dark details when you do not want to take a chance that the colors will run when water is added.


F-C Artist Colored Pencil Lines



  • Polychromos- Artist quality water resistant colored pencils
  • Albrecht Durer- Artist quality water-soluble (watercolor) pencils
  • Oil Based
  • 120 colors in each line
  • Dry pencils are round on the outside
  • Water pencils are hexagonal on the outside
  • Lightfast ratings on each pencil
  • Pencils are pre-sharpened
  • Sets come arranged in color order


Faber-Castell traditional colored pencils lay down color really well, and blend beautifully.


The Faber-Castell water-soluble pencils dissolve completely in water, for true watercolor effects.


The Polychromos (dry) colored pencil line has round exteriors, while the Albrecht Durer (wet) colored pencils have a hexagonal shape. This is really nice, because when you use the two together in a painting, you can tell by touch if you have picked up the wet or the dry pencil from your table.






Pencils


Faber-Castell Polychromos Traditional Pencils




Faber-Castell  Albrecht Durer Water-soluble pencils



Color Charts

Polychromos




Albrecht Durer




This chart is in color order, and makes a nice way to arrange your pencils. It is interesting to note that the water-soluble pencils (Albrecht Durer) are less lightfast than the traditional pencils (Polychromos).


Faber-Castell Lightfast Ratings

*

Reasonably Lightfast (fades in direct sunlight)

**

High Lightfastness (colors may change slightly in direct sunlight)

***

Maximum Lightfastness (no color change)



Polychromos




Albrecht Durer




Color

Color #

LF

PIG

Color

Color #

LF


White

9201-101

***


White

8200-601

***


Ivory

9201-103

***


Ivory

8200-603

***


Cream

9201-102

***


Cream

8200-602

**


Light Yellow Glaze

9201-104

***


Light Yellow Glaze

8200-604

**


Cadmium Yellow

9201-107

***


Cadmium Yellow

8200-607

**


Cadmium Yellow Lemon

9201-205

***


Cadmium Yellow Lemon

8200-705

***


Light Cadmium Yellow

9201-105

***


Light Cadmium Yellow

8200-605

***


Light Chrome Yellow

9201-106

***


Light Chrome Yellow

8200-606

**


Dark Cadmium Yellow

9201-108

***


Dark Cadmium Yellow

8200-608

***


Dark Chrome Yellow

9201-109

***


Dark Chrome Yellow

8200-609

**


Cadmium Orange

9201-111

***


Cadmium Orange

8200-611

***


Orange Glaze

9201-113

***


Orange Glaze

8200-613

*


Dark Cadmium Orange

9201-115

***


Dark Cadmium Orange

8200-615

**


Light Cadmium Red

9201-117

**


Light Cadmium Red

8200-617

**


Scarlet Red

9201-118

**


Scarlet Red

8200-618

**


Pale Geranium Lake

9201-121

***


Pale Geranium Lake

8200-621

**


Deep Scarlet Red

9201-219

***


Deep Scarlet Red

8200-719

**


Permanent Carmine

9201-126

***


Permanent Carmine

8200-626

**


Deep Red

9201-223

**


Deep Red

8200-723

**


Middle Cadmium Red

9201-217

***


Middle Cadmium Red

8200-717

**


Dark Red

9201-225

***


Dark Red

8200-725

**


Madder

9201-142

***


Madder

8200-642

**


Alizarin Crimson

9201-226

**


Alizarin Crimson

8200-726

**


Pink Carmine

9201-127

**


Pink Carmine

8200-627

**


Rose Carmine

9201-124

***


Rose Carmine

8200-624

**


Light Purple Pink

9201-128

*


Light Purple Pink

8200-628

*


Fushsia

9201-123

**


Fushsia

8200-623

**


Magenta

9201-133

***


Magenta

8200-633

**


Light Magenta

9201-119

*


Light Magenta

8200-619

*


Pink Madder Lake

9201-129

**


Pink Madder Lake

8200-629

**


Middle Purple Pink

9201-125

**


Middle Purple Pink

8200-625

**


Crimson

9201-134

*


Crimson

8200-634

*


Manganese Violet

9201-160

*


Manganese Violet

8200-660

*


Violet

9201-138

*


Violet

8200-638

*


Purple Violet

9201-136

*


Purple Violet

8200-636

*


Blue Violet

9201-137

*


Blue Violet

8200-637

*


Mauve

9201-249

**


Mauve

8200-749

**


Delft Blue

9201-141

***


Delft Blue

8200-641

***


Dark Indigo

9201-157

***


Dark Indigo

8200-657

***


Indanthrene Blue

9201-247

***


Indanthrene Blue

8200-747

**


Helioblue-Reddish

9201-151

***


Helioblue-Reddish

8200-651

***


Cobalt Blue

9201-143

**


Cobalt Blue

8200-643

**


Ultramarine

9201-120

**


Ultramarine

8200-620

**


Light Ultramarine

9201-140

***


Light Ultramarine

8200-640

***


Smalt Blue

9201-146

***


Smalt Blue

8200-646

***


Cobalt Blue-Greenish

9201-144

**


Cobalt Blue-Greenish

8200-644

**


Phthalo Blue

9201-110

***


Phthalo Blue

8200-610

***


Middle Phthalo Blue

9201-152

**


Middle Phthalo Blue

8200-652

**


Light Phthalo Blue

9201-145

**


Light Phthalo Blue

8200-645

***


Bluish Turquoise

9201-149

***


Bluish Turquoise

8200-649

***


Prussian Blue

9201-246

***


Prussian Blue

8200-746

***


Helio Turquoise

9201-155

***


Helio Turquoise

8200-655

***


Cobalt Turquoise

9201-153

***


Cobalt Turquoise

8200-653

***


Light Cobalt Turquoise

9201-154

**


Light Cobalt Turquoise

8200-654

*


Cobalt Green

9201-156

***


Cobalt Green

8200-656

***


Deep Cobalt Green

9201-158

***


Deep Cobalt Green

8200-658

***


Hooker's Green

9201-159

***


Hooker's Green

8200-659

***


Dark Phthalo Green

9201-264

**


Dark Phthalo Green

8200-764

**


Chrome Oxide Green Fiery

9201-276

***


Chrome Oxide Green Fiery

8200-776

***


Phthalo Green

9201-161

***


Phthalo Green

8200-661

**


Emerald Green

9201-163

***


Emerald Green

8200-663

***


Light Phthalo Green

9201-162

**


Light Phthalo Green

8200-662

**


Light Green

9201-171

***


Light Green

8200-671

***


Grass Green

9201-166

***


Grass Green

8200-666

***


Leaf Green

9201-112

***


Leaf Green

8200-612

***


Permanent Green

9201-266

**


Permanent Green

8200-766

**


Permanent Green Olive

9201-167

**


Permanent Green Olive

8200-667

*


Pine Green

9201-267

***


Pine Green

8200-767

**


Chrome Oxide Green

9201-278

***


Chrome Oxide Green

8200-778

***


Juniper Green

9201-165

***


Juniper Green

8200-665

***


Olive Green Yellowish

9201-173

***


Olive Green Yellowish

8200-673

**


Green Gold

9201-268

***


Green Gold

8200-768

***


May Green

9201-170

***


May Green

8200-670

**


Earth Green Yellowish

9201-168

***


Earth Green Yellowish

8200-668

**


Chrome Green Opaque

9201-174

***


Chrome Green Opaque

8200-674

***


Earth Green

9201-172

***


Earth Green

8200-672

*


Caput Mortuum

9201-169

***


Caput Mortuum

8200-669

***


Caput Mortuum Violet

9201-263

***


Caput Mortuum Violet

8200-763

***


Burnt Carmine

9201-193

***


Burnt Carmine

8200-693

*


Red-Violet

9201-194

***


Red-Violet

8200-694

*


Light Red-Violet

9201-135

**


Light Red-Violet

8200-635

*


Dark Flesh

9201-130

***


Dark Flesh

8200-630

*


Medium Flesh

9201-131

***


Medium Flesh

8200-631

***


Light Flesh

9201-132

***


Light Flesh

8200-632

**


Cinnamon

9201-189

***


Cinnamon

8200-689

**


Venetian Red

9201-190

***


Venetian Red

8200-690

**


Pompeian Red

9201-191

***


Pompeian Red

8200-691

**


Indian Red

9201-192

***


Indian Red

8200-692

**


Sanguine

9201-188

***


Sanguine

8200-688

***


Burnt Ochre

9201-187

***


Burnt Ochre

8200-687

**


Terracotta

9201-186

***


Terracotta

8200-686

**


Light Yellow Ochre

9201-183

**


Light Yellow Ochre

8200-683

**


Naples Yellow

9201-185

***


Naples Yellow

8200-685

**


Dark Naples Ochre

9201-184

***


Dark Naples Ochre

8200-684

**


Brown Ochre

9201-182

***


Brown Ochre

8200-682

**


Raw Umber

9201-180

***


Raw Umber

8200-680

**


Bistre

9201-179

**


Bistre

8200-679

**


Van Dyck Brown

9201-176

***


Van Dyck Brown

8200-676

**


Nougat

9201-178

***


Nougat

8200-678

***


Burnt Umber

9201-280

***


Burnt Umber

8200-780

***


Burnt Sienna

9201-283

***


Burnt Sienna

8200-783

***


Walnut Brown

9201-177

***


Walnut Brown

8200-677

***


Sepia

9201-175

***


Sepia

8200-675

***


Warm Gray VI

9201-275

***


Warm Gray VI

8200-775

***


Warm Gray V

9201-274

***


Warm Gray V

8200-774

***


Warm Gray IV

9201-273

***


Warm Gray IV

8200-773

***


Warm Gray III

9201-272

***


Warm Gray III

8200-772

***


Warm Gray II

9201-271

***


Warm Gray II

8200-771

***


Warm Gray I

9201-270

***


Warm Gray I

8200-770

***


Cold Gray I

9201-230

***


Cold Gray I

8200-730

***


Cold Gray II

9201-231

**


Cold Gray II

8200-731

**


Cold Gray III

9201-232

***


Cold Gray III

8200-732

***


Cold Gray IV

9201-233

***


Cold Gray IV

8200-733

***


Cold Gray V

9201-234

***


Cold Gray V

8200-734

***


Cold Gray VI

9201-235

***


Cold Gray VI

8200-735

***


Payne's Gray

9201-181

***


Payne's Gray

8200-681

***


Black

9201-199

***


Black

8200-699

***


Silver

9201-251

***


Silver

8200-751

***


Gold

9201-250

***


Gold

8200-750

***


Copper

9201-252

***


Copper

8200-752

***