Colored Pencil Info
 
 
 
Holbein
 
About the company
 
Holbein is a Japanese Company, headquartered in Osaka. It is family owned. The name Holbein came from European artist Hans Holbein. Holbein has been a leader in producing many fine art materials. Their gouache is perhaps the finest in the world, and their watercolors are outstanding. While most Holbein products are imported to the USA, the colored pencils have not been, and we have heard that  it is because they have not been through the safety tests required by US law to sell here.
 
Most art companies make student lines as well as artist lines in order to expand their market. This can cause confusion, since some people pick up the student brand of, for example, Caran d'Ache or Faber-Castell and think that the product is not that good. Holbein is rather unique in that they do not produce student grade art materials at all. They only produce materials professional grade supplies.
Holbein
Artist Colored Pencils
 
 
  • Artist quality traditional colored pencils
  • 150 colors
  • Sets; difficult to find in USA
  • Pencils are pre-sharpened
  • Sets come arranged in color order
  • Thick Cores
  • Rich, intense colors
  • Soybean oil base
  • Very Expensive
  • Cannot replace individual colors in USA
  • Made in Japan
 
 
 
Holbeins are very rich in color, and go down wonderfully well.  They layer really well. Their large sets have some unique pastel colors.
 
We have been asking both Holbein and Dick Blick to please import these for all of us...with your voice added perhaps we can make that happen! If they are available here at a reasonable price and open stock, it would be a big plus for all colored pencil artists.
 
You can NOW ORDER Holbein replacement Pencils from Japan. I have not done so, but this man sells individual replacement pencils. So you can try out a few or replace those used from a set.
 
  •         You can find details about his service here.
 
 

Pencils
 
 
 
Holbein 150 Set- All the available colors.
 
 
 
 
Color Charts
 
Holbein Set of 12
 
 
Holbein Set of 150
 
 
Holbein's Complete Color Chart
#
Name
LF
#
Name
LF
149
Lemon
***
288
Fir Green
***
147
Canary Yellow
***
267
Forest Green
***
145
Dandelion
***
296
Bottle Green
***
143
Sunflower
***
294
Jasper Green
***
142
Marigold
***
292
Cactus Green
**
140
Tangerine 
***
262
Sap Green
***
48
Orange
***
291
Leaf Green
**
47
Tiger Lily
***
290
Moss Green
**
46
Vermilion
***
189
Olive Green
***
44
Scarlet
***
187
Olive Drab
***
43
Signal Red
***
198
Olive Yellow
***
42
Carmine
***
195
Olive Brown
***
52
Madder Lake
***
165
Mustard
***
31
Carnation
**
194
Khaki
***
51
Strawberry
**
184
Raw Umber
***
40
Rose
***
153
Yellow Ochre
***
62
Crimson
***
192
Tan
***
60
Wine Red
***
59
Autumn Leaf
***
469
Bordeaux Red
**
57
Burnt Sienna
***
449
Magenta
**
96
Cinnamon
***
448
Azalea
**
97
Brick
***
446
Amethyst
*
54
Light Red
***
80
Burgundy
***
93
Mahogany
***
486
Raisin
***
99
Brown
***
443
Iris
*
98
Cocoa
***
481
Grape
***
86
Chocolate
***
441
Violet
**
180
Burnt Umber
***
440
Pansy
**
182
Sepia
***
460
Indigo
***
521
Warm Grey #1
**
368
Prussian Blue
**
522
Warm Grey #2
**
365
Navy Blue
**
523
Warm Grey #3
**
349
Ultra Blue
**
524
Warm Grey #4
**
348
Royal Blue
**
525
Warm Grey #5
**
347
Cobalt Blue
**
526
Warm Grey #6
**
345
Spectrum Blue
***
531
Cool Grey #1
**
335
Cerulean Blue
***
532
Cool Grey #2
**
343
Turquoise Blue
***
533
Cool Grey #3
**
340
Peacock Blue
***
534
Cool Grey #4
**
269
Triton Green
***
535
Cool Grey #5
**
248
Peacock Green
***
536
Cool Grey #6
**
247
Viridian
***
510
Black 
***
255
Malachite Green
***
511
Lamp Black
***
264
Kelly Green
***
500
White
***
245
Summer Green
***
501
Soft White
***
235
Emerald Green
***
640
Silver
***
254
Evergreen
***
650
Antique Silver
***
243
Fresh Green
***
620
Bronze
***
242
Spring Green
***
610
Pale Gold
***
251
Apple Green
***
600
Gold
***
240
Chartreuse Green
***
630
Copper
***