Shuttle Art Colored Pencils, 136 ct

Last updated date: October 16, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 74 expert reviews, the Shuttle Art Shuttle Art Colored Pencils, 136 ct placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 7, 2019:
Checkout The Best Colored Pencils for a detailed review of all the top colored pencils.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
829 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Wax-based cores give softer lines with less pressure. Normally there isn’t a hybrid between student grade and professional grade, but Shuttle Art found a way.
- Concept Art Empire
The leads are smooth and thick for a perfect shading and shadows. The cores are hardened and do not easily break even upon a given amount of pressure.
- Best Of Reviews
May 14, 2018 | Full review
These quality colored pencils are manufactured using only the finest materials. Cased in real wood, these colored pencils come pre-sharpened and ready-to-use. They are both PMA and AP certified non-toxic.
- Drawing Advisor
July 30, 2019 | Full review
Each of these coloring pencils is made of hardened and crack-resistant cores that are great for adult coloring books. Also, the leads are thick and super soft, making them suitable for shading and shadowing.
- All Best Tops
They are hardened to resist cracking cores and are great for coloring adult coloring books. The super smooth and thick leads are perfect for shading and shadows. These colors are safe in that they are acid-free and non-toxic.
- The Z9
August 23, 2019 | Full review
They are perfect in the use of adult coloring books through resistant and hardened cracking characteristics. In addition to this, they also feature thick and super smooth leads which are perfect for shadows and shading.
- The Genius Review
Hardened and resist cracking cores are great for adult coloring books and super smooth and thick leads are perfect for shading and shadows.
- Watch Review
July 8, 2017 | Full review
When it comes to safety, these pencils conform to all the safety standards and are made of non-toxic substances.The high-quality lead will not easily break while the vibrant colors outside clearly brings out the difference between different colors so that you know the best one to choose from the entire set.
- 5 Product Reviews
August 24, 2019 | Full review
Coming with 136 colored pencils, you will get the opportunity to choose the right color you want within the available pencils. With this brand in your possession, you will not miss any type of color you want which is important especially when you are dealing with a project that needs different colors.
- LogForShop
With soft, creamy leads, they produce perfectly smooth results and are ideal for shading and shadowing. Including a convenient Pet Box packaging with trays inside, these pens can be easily stored and offer complete visibility of all shades when selecting your desired color.
- Nino Starter
What experts didn't like
Sharpening can be frustrating as the barrel splinters and the lead can crack. I’d recommend a simple handheld artist sharpener if you go with this pencil set.
- Concept Art Empire
Do not come with a hand eraser.
- Drawing Advisor
July 30, 2019 | Full review
Pencil tips may arrive broken due to shipping, but this does not compromise performance.
- All Best Tops

From The Manufacturer

Shuttle Art color pencils’s tips are durable and reshape easily. Superior high level PET box packing with trays inside provides good space for storing and color selection. Shuttle Art colored pencils contain 136 COLOURS which include 10 special metallic colours as well,which are perfect for coloring,drawing and more. 5 6 7 ① Perfect for art of coloring ②Perfect for drawing ③Perfect for Architecture design

Overall Product Rankings

1. Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 4
2. Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 15
3. Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Castle Art Supplies Colored Pencils Set, 72 ct
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Shuttle Art Colored Pencils, 136 ct
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Crayola Colored Pencils, 120 ct
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Scriptract Colored Pencils, 24 ct
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 0
9. Pluqis Premium Art Quality Colored Pencils, 24 ct
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Crayola Colored Pencils, 120 ct
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Colored Pencils

For children, colored pencils are a cornerstone of fun activities. They are used at home and at school to make whimsical pictures, complete homework and doodle aimlessly. However, in addition to being popular with kids, colored pencils are now also part of an adult pastime. These days, you’ll find adults — professional artists and beginners alike — creating beautiful works of art using colored pencils. Available in dozens of colors, the pencils are used for drawing, sketching, shading and coloring.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

It’s more than just creating pretty pictures. Coloring uses both sides of the brain. The logical side of the brain helps people to color inside the lines, while the creative side is involved in selecting colors. People also improve their fine motor skills while coloring, especially while working on intricate patterns and detailed drawings.

The act of coloring actually enables the frontal lobe to open, which is the part of the brain that controls organization and problem-solving skills. This improves the level of focus. It allows people to concentrate on the physical action of coloring in the moment while putting other thoughts aside. This can be very relaxing for people who feel stress and anxiety. In fact, coloring can help relax the amygdala, which is the fear center of the brain. In some people, coloring can actually create a meditative state by calming and focusing the restless mind.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

For people who have experienced trauma or are currently going through a traumatic time, coloring can help them control the body’s stress activation area, known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. This enables people to develop better coping mechanisms and higher levels of resiliency, which can help them navigate difficult experiences.

In addition to having many health and wellness benefits, coloring is also a great way to have fun and use your creativity. Many people find coloring enjoyable because they get to pick different hues, create eye-catching patterns and drawings and focus on an entertaining activity.

DYWM Fun Fact

The way colored pencils are made is unique compared to other kinds of pencils. Regular pencils have a core that consists of graphite or clay. On the other hand, the core of colored pencils is made out of wax, pigments, binding agents and additives.

Pencils designed for professional use by artists usually have higher concentrations of pigments, as compared to pencils that are made for children or novices. Professional-grade pencils also boast the quality of lightfastness, which means that the pigment keeps its original color appearance when exposed to light, like that from the sun. Many professional-grade colored pencils are also resistant to water, whereas other colored pencils may not be.

Colored pencils that are made for children or beginners are often erasable, whereas professional-grade colored pencils are not. This can be an important quality for adults who are just starting to color for fun or relaxation. This way, if you accidentally color outside the lines or select the wrong color, you have the option to go back and erase and start again.

The Colored Pencil Buying Guide

  • Regardless of whether you’re a professional artist or just dabbling in coloring, you’ll want to check the number of colors you get in a package when purchasing a set. For those that create intricate patterns and unique designs, you may be looking for a wide range of colors. If you already have many colored pencils and are just looking to add on a few additional ones, a smaller range of colors might work for you. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct and the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct both come with 72 unique colors. On the other hand, the Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct comes with 48 different colors while the Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct comes with 120 unique colors.
  • “You can buy colored pencils in sets or singly,” says our resident arts and crafts expert, Amy Markham. She’s an art educator and the creator of the art podcast Starling. “If you use one color more than the others in a set you can easily replace that one without having to purchase an entire set again,” she notes.
  • It can be frustrating when the core of the pencil breaks while coloring, and you have to pause your activity to sharpen your pencil. That’s why a break-resistant core is important for many coloring enthusiasts. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct specify a break-resistant core. The Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct, the Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct and the Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct all have a thick and robust lead core, which makes it difficult to chip and crack.
  • The core of your colored pencils also determines how useful they are for different drawing effects. “Hard-core pencils are best for creating sharp lines and drawing in details,” says Markham. “They are also great for lettering and outlines. Soft-core pencils are best for shading, blending and layering.”
  • There are two main techniques for using colored pencils: layering and burnishing. Layering is generally used at the start by coloring different colors on top of one another to create unique shades and tones. Burnishing involves additional layering and blending the layered colors until the appearance is smooth and shiny. For many artists and coloring enthusiasts, being able to layer, shade and blend colors is a vital factor when choosing coloring pencils. If the lead core is too hard, then the pigment won’t blend in and shading will not be smooth. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct have a soft core designed to glide smoothly across the paper, while the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct boasts ultra-smooth and even color laydown. The Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct has quality lead that is designed for an easy laying down of color.
  • Having a box or case to store your colored pencils makes it easy to manage the clutter that can come from having dozens of pencils. The Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct comes in a metal durable, double-hinged storage tin case. The Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct comes in a standard packaging box, while the Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct comes in a peggable, see-through window box. The Sudee Stile Colored Pencils, 120 ct has a delicate carton with three layers, so it’s easier to find the color you’re looking for.
  • For many people, professionals and novices alike, affordability is an important factor to consider when making a purchase. The Sargent Art Premium Coloring Pencils, 50 ct is a low-cost and very affordable option, while the Arteza Professional Colored Pencils, 72 ct and the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 72 ct are both higher in price.