Plaza Artist Materials offers two great brands of pastel pencils. Conté Pastel Pencils are high quality, large diameter artists' pencils with a thick wood shaft. Extra thick, very fine, smooth colored cores are strong and easily blendable. These pencils feature excellent lightfast colors that resist fading, and are great for toning and stumping. They work well on a wide range of papers. Derwent Pastel Pencils provide the beauty of soft pastels with the convenience of pencils. They are true pastels, with a soft, powdery texture and a smooth, velvety finish, but they are enclosed in high quality wood casings for maximum lead protection and control. Pure, lightfast colors offer a rounded spectrum of full-strength colors and tints.