I have just completed some work for Derwent Pencils, using their Coloursoft range. A really good pencil, well designed with a soft quality which sharpens to a good point; a useful combination. Coloursoft have some similarities with the soft ranges from USA and Central Europe but Derwent's range is also nicely branded, easy to read etc. I’ve used most of the well known soft brands and these are amongst the best with a good range of colours as you’d expect from Derwent. Colour pencils have come a long way in recent years with a pencil type for everyone, which is why I still enjoy using them for developing ideas for oil paintings as well as more considered finished pieces in coloured pencil.