Holbein Artists’ Oil Pastels

Holbein’s Artists’ Oil Pastels are endorsed by the Oil Pastel Association of America, and that says a lot about their quality. To the Artist, they feel more like a chalk stick without the dust, so it’s nice to move around on the paper. This is the result of over 60 years of research by the ever-achieving Holbein who is an expert in the oil pastel field. The modern and fully automated manufacturing process, as well as the ultimate quality control methods used for this product ensure a uniform color distribution throughout the entire stick.

The shape of these pastels is rectangular, helping artists get a better grip and scrape off material as per their requirements. These oil pastels can be applied to any surface, and they can be seamlessly used over acrylic or oil paint. Because of the paraffin and the highly refined mineral oils that are contained in the pastels, they never completely dry or crack, but works need to be mounted under glass for protection. Each pastel measures about 70 millimeters in length, and is available in one of the 225 available colors!


Product Pros & Cons

Artist Likes

  • Pigment rich and bright colors
  • Soft and easy to work with pastel
  • Amazingly wide color range covers every possible need
  • Mineral oils prevent color cracking
  • Good in combination with Sennelier pastels for a soft-hard, complete result
  • Good for detailing

Artist Dislikes

  • No color-specific wrapping
  • Requires glass mount after finishing the work

Most artists find Holbein’s Oil Pastels to be creamy enough to be easy to work with, and pigmented enough to offer that great color result. Contrary to other oil pastels, Holbein’s pastels don’t use vegetable oils, and so their color won’t crack. However, there’s the need for glass mount after finishing as they will never completely dry. Professional artists use these in combination with Sennelier pastels which are even softer, thus achieving a complete drawing result.

Final Considerations

These pastels are the best of their kind, and they can be used for a variety of purposes such as pastel painting, or blending with acrylic or oil paints. Considering the quality of this product, it is quite reasonably priced, but buying sets of it is always preferred against individual picks. If you’re a professional, try these together with the Sennelier pastels as these two products complete each other. If you’re not a professional, you’ll find that Holbein’s Oil Pastels will easily cover all of your needs.

Holbein Oil Pastel Color Samples

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